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Bob Carter

Professor Carter presenting at the 3rd International Conference on Climate Change in Washington, DC in 2009.  


Professor Bob Carter, PhD, Former Head of the Department of Earth Sciences, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

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Professor Carter is the author of the important new book on climate science and policy, “Climate: the Counter Consensus”.  View a short excerpt of Professor Carter in a 2007 televised debate. 

Dr. Carter is a palaeontologist, stratigrapher, marine geologist and environmental scientist with over 30 years professional experience, and holds degrees from the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of Cambridge (England). He has held tenured academic staff positions at the University of Otago (Dunedin) and James Cook University (Townsville), where he was Professor and Head of School of Earth Sciences between 1981 and 1999.


Bob Carter has acted as an expert witness on climate change before the U.S. Senate Committee of Environment & Public Works, the Australian and N.Z. parliamentary Select Committees into emissions trading and in a meeting in parliament house, Stockholm. He was also a primary science witness in the U.K. High Court case of Dimmock v. H.M.'s Secretary of State for Education, the 2007 judgment which identified nine major scientific errors in Mr. Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth".

Professor Carter has a personal research publication record of more than 100 papers in international science journals on taxonomic palaeontology, palaeoecology, the growth and form of the molluscan shell, New Zealand and Pacific geology, stratigraphic classification, sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology, the Great Barrier Reef, Quaternary geology, and sea-level and climate change. His current research on climate change, sea-level change and stratigraphy is based on field studies of Cenozoic sediments (last 65 million years) from the Southwest Pacific region, especially the Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand. 

Professor Carter has wide experience in management and research administration, including service as Chair of the Earth Sciences Discipline Panel of the Australian Research Council, Chair of the national Marine Science and Technologies Committee, Director of the Australian Office of the Ocean Drilling Program, and Co-Chief Scientist on ODP Leg 181 (Southwest Pacific Gateways).


Professor Carter contributes regularly to media publications and public debates on climate science. His articles have been published in The Australian, The Age, Quadrant Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Wellington Dominion Post, The Washington Times and the UK Sunday Telegraph. 

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Professor Carter helping educate young protestors outside the 4th International Conference on Climate Change in Chicago, in May 2010. Ref.