We are happy to announce that Ben Passey will join our faculty as an associate professor in the fall of 2016. Ben is interested in the history of, and interrelationships among, Earth's climate, ecosystems, tectonics, and biogeochemical cycles. Sedimentary rocks and fossils preserve a great deal of information about the ancient Earth. Ben's research seeks to extract new kinds of information from these archives through the development and application of techniques in stable isotope biogeochemistry.