Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Corals living in the Georges Bank canyons

Along the walls of Oceanographer Canyon, fish dart in and out of colorful anemone gardens and sea creatures send up plumes of sand and mud as they burrow.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory opens its doors for a day of free public lectures, demonstrations, and workshops for adults and children.


 Peter deMenocal, oceanographer, Columbia professor of earth and environmental sciences

Peter deMenocal, founding director of The Center for Climate and Life. Photo by Eileen Barroso.

The Center for Climate and Life, a new research initiative based at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will focus on how climate change affects our access to such basic resources as food, water, shelter and energy.

Langesth Research Vessel Carlos Gutierrez Mechanic Columbia University

Photo by Bruce Gilbert

Who He Is

Mechanic on the R/V Marcus G. Langseth, part of the Earth Institute’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Years at Columbia


The Langseth, operated by Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory for the National Science Foundation, supports worldwide oceanographic research.

Sean Solomon, director of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, has been leading NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury for the last four years. MESSENGER is the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.

Tourists flock to Italy to see Michelangelo’s David and other iconic hunks of Renaissance stone, but in a trip over spring break, a group of Columbia students got to visit rocks that have shaped the world in even more profound ways.

Columbia climatologist Maureen Raymo is trying to predict the planet’s future by looking to its past.

As a scientist, Sean Solomon has studied Mercury, Venus and Mars. Now he heads Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, whose researchers study planet Earth, from its deepest ocean to its highest peak.