Bruce R. Clark Collegiate Professor of Geology and Professor of the Environment
Prof Ben van der Pluijm is the BR Clark Collegiate Professor of Geology and holds appointments in Earth & Environmental Sciences and Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan.
His research area is Structural Geology, dealing with the deformation of Earth’s crust on scales ranging from microscope to mountain belt. His second area of interest is Societal Resilience, examining the connections between human society, Earth resources and natural processes.
He is Editor-in-Chief of AGU's journal Earth's Future. A transdisciplinary, open-access science journal, Earth's Future examines the state of the planet and its inhabitants, and the predictions of its future. The journal assesses the challenges and opportunities associated with regional and global change in an era where humans dominate Earth’s environment, resources and ecosystems. It publishes peer-reviewed articles, reviews and (short and long-form) commentaries in areas that include water, air, food, energy, hazards, climate, ecosystems, human health and demographics, among others. Contributions focus on Earth as an interconnected, evolving system to inform researchers, policy makers and the public on the science of the Anthropocene.
He has authored more than 190 peer-reviewed articles, edited several book volumes and published the undergraduate textbooks "Earth Structure" and "Processes in Structural Geology and Tectonics".
Professor van der Pluijm is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America, and the recipient of multiple research, service and teaching awards.