Bob graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1971 with a 3.9 gpa and was a 3 sport varsity letter award athlete. As accomplished as he was in high school the years following have proven to be his most fulfilling. After he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Washington with a double major in oceanography and chemistry. He completed his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 2003 he is co-leading a new international program to study chemical tracers in the ocean called GEOTRACES.
Bob has received numerous awards in recognition of his scientific discoveries and leadership, including the C.C Patterson Medal in environmental geochemistry awarded by the Geochemical Society in 2010 and the A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in the Marine Sciences by the A.G. Huntsman Foundation in 2005. He also received the Directors Award for Research Excellence.
Bob is presently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and a Ewing-Lamont Research Professor with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. We are all very proud of the important contributions to the betterment of mankind made by this outstanding Purple and Gold Viking.