E. Christa Farmer
E. Christa Farmer joined the Hofstra faculty in 2004 while completing her doctoral dissertation at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. In 2005 she defended her dissertation, which consisted of two main research themes. One research effort aimed to develop a new multi-species proxy for thermocline depth in the upper ocean, and the other focused on developing new high-resolution climate records from the Southern Hemisphere. She continues to expand upon these research themes at Hofstra University, where she in an assistant professor in the Geology Department.
While pursuing an undergraduate degree at Stanford University, E. Christa Farmer was one of the first students at Stanford to major in a new interdisciplinary environmental program called Earth Systems. The program, which included courses in biology, geology and economics, allowed her to specialize in ecosystem ecology. After graduating in 1994 with a B.S. in earth systems, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service studying the small forest carnivores, fishers and martens. In this dream job, she was paid to hike in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Driving through the mountains, however, she spent much of her time wondering whether the benefits of the research were, in fact, offset by the negative effects of the truck exhaust on the ecosystem through global warming.
In 1997 Professor Farmer moved to Washington, D.C., for an internship at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), a bipartisan think tank that holds educational events for Congress. This led to a position as an assistant coordinator for the U.S. Climate Action Network during the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an experience that solidified her interest in studying the climate system. At Hofstra, Professor Farmer continues her research and teaches classes in physical geology, environmental geology and natural hazards, sedimentology, field methods, and paleoclimatology.