Barry R. Bickmore

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Barry Robert Bickmore
Alma mater Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Known for Climate change communication
Spouse(s) Keiko Ann Guay
Children Three
Scientific career
Fields Geochemistry
Thesis Atomic force microscopy study of clay mineral dissolution (1999)
Doctoral advisor Michael F. Hochella

Barry Robert Bickmore is a professor in the department of geological sciences at Brigham Young University (BYU). He is also a devout Mormon, having written Restoring the Ancient Church: Joseph Smith and Early Christianity (Ben Lomond: FAIR, 1999) as well as several articles that have been published in the FARMS Review.

Bickmore was born in Redwood City, California, and raised in California and Utah. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Iowa. He obtained a degree in geology with minors in philosophy and chemistry from BYU. He then received a Ph.D. in geochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where his advisor was Michael F. Hochella. He then was a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Colorado for about a year and a half prior to joining the BYU faculty in August 2001.

Bickmore, a conservative Republican, is known for his activism in support of action to combat global warming, such as when he criticized a proposed bill in Utah that described climate change as a hoax. The bill passed in spite of Bickmore's efforts to defeat it.[1]

Among other callings in the LDS Church, Bickmore has served as a seminary teacher.

In geochemistry and related fields, Bickmore has focused on the study of low-temperature geochemical reactions and the development of geoscience curricula as part of the curriculum of elementary education majors.


  1. ^ Neuman, Scott (13 April 2012). "War Of The Worlds: When Science, Politics Collide". NPR. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 

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