William Clyde

William Clyde is a professor of geology in the Department of Earth Sciences and has been teaching at the University of New Hampshire since 1998. He specializes in geology, Earth history, and paleontology. Dr. Clyde has been collaborating with colleagues in Argentina since 2008 to better understand the interval of time from about 68 to 50 million years ago, which encompasses the K-Pg mass extinction and the Early Eocene Climate Optimum, one of the warmest intervals of Earth’s history. After several seasons of fieldwork for this project, Dr. Clyde and his colleagues encountered some perplexing results. Peter’s work helped to unravel the problem and determine that one of the sites was not in its original geological position and thus not a reliable place to collect data. According to Dr. Clyde, “Working with undergraduates on research is always very valuable, as their passion for learning is palpable in a research setting like this, and I inevitably learn something new about the project from their fresh, unbiased perspective.” Dr. Clyde mentors undergraduate researchers in his lab every year. Peter is the second of them to write for Inquiry. Dr. Clyde believes that “the ability to communicate scientific results to a broader audience is an increasingly essential skill for any scientist, so working on this early in a student’s career is of real value.”