Prof. Nicholas Christie-Blick

Pronouns: he, him, his

Professor Emeritus of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia Climate School

Seismology 215A
61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964


Educated in Britain, and groomed at an American plate boundary, Christie-Blick’s research deals with sedimentation processes, crustal deformation, and deep-time Earth history – currently with emphasis on the geology of the Neoproterozoic Earth. He is known also for his work in seismic and sequence stratigraphy, and the paradox of low-angle normal faulting. Several of those themes came together in a popular Spring Break excursion to Death Valley, California for first- and second-year undergraduates. For 40 years, Christie-Blick also taught courses in sedimentary geology and tectonics, receiving the Best Teacher Award from both graduate and undergraduate students. From 2008-2014, he was an instructor and course chair for Frontiers of Science, an interdisciplinary science course in Columbia's famed Core Curriculum.