Academic Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer, Earth Systems Program

Honors & Awards

  • Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University (2018)
  • Excellence in Teaching, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (2017)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, University of California San Diego (2001, 2002)
  • Chevron Fellow, Stanford University (1991)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, Stanford University (1989-1992)
  • Pond Prize for best undergraduate thesis in Geology, Amherst College (1987)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, Ecological Society of America (2019 - Present)
  • Sustainability Design Team, Education Lead, Stanford University (2019 - Present)
  • Long-Range Planning Committee, Education Area Steering Group, Stanford University (2017 - Present)
  • Evaluation Committee, Notation in Science Communication, Program for Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University (2016 - Present)
  • Writing and Rhetoric Requirement Governance Board, Stanford University (2015 - Present)
  • Teaching Task Force, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (2015 - 2016)

Professional Education

  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Geological and Environmental Sciences (1995)
  • B.A., Amherst College, Geology (1987)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

I study drivers of past climate change on millennial to million-year timescales using natural archives that preserve records of climate-related information. My most recent work has focused on the impacts of prehistoric human activities on the Earth's carbon cycle and the impacts of these activities on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.

2022-23 Courses

All Publications

  • Drawing Inspiration in the Range of Light Journal of Natural History Education and Experience Nevle, R. J. 2020
  • Quick capture and questions: A curriculum for introducing natural history through field journaling Journal of Natural History Education and Experience Chay, F., Black, H., Nevle, R. 2018; 12: 5-14
  • Stopping wildlife disease from becoming a crisis: a collaborative leadership success story 2016-5 Krebs, M., McIntosh, T., Nevle, R., Sturner, P. National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). 2016 ; SESYNC Case Study for Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis
  • Neotropical human-landscape interactions, fire, and atmospheric CO2 during European conquest HOLOCENE Nevle, R. J., Bird, D. K., Ruddiman, W. F., Dull, R. A. 2011; 21 (5): 853-864
  • The Columbian Encounter and the Little Ice Age: Abrupt Land Use Change, Fire, and Greenhouse Forcing ANNALS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN GEOGRAPHERS Dull, R. A., Nevle, R. J., Woods, W. I., Bird, D. K., Avnery, S., Denevan, W. M. 2010; 100 (4): 755-771
  • Effects of syn-pandemic fire reduction and reforestation in the tropical Americas on atmospheric CO2 during European conquest PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY Nevle, R. J., Bird, D. K. 2008; 264 (1-2): 25-38
  • A gold-bearing horizon in the Kap Edvard Holm Complex, East Greenland Economic Geology, Bird, D. K., Arnason, J. G., Brandriss, M. E., Nevle, R. J., Radford, G., Bernstein, S., Guanacos, R. A., Keleman, P. B. 1995; 90: 1288-1300
  • Imprint of meteoric water on the stable isotope compositions of igneous and secondary minerals, Kap Edvard Holm Complex, East Greenland Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology Brandriss, M. E., Nevle, R. J., Bird, D. K., O'Neil, J. R. 1995; 121 (1): 74-86
  • TERTIARY PLUTONS MONITOR CLIMATE-CHANGE IN EAST GREENLAND GEOLOGY NEVLE, R. J., Brandriss, M. E., Bird, D. K., McWilliams, M. O., ONEIL, J. R. 1994; 22 (9): 775-778