Don Easterbrook

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Don J. Easterbrook is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Western Washington University. Easterbrook was educated at the University of Washington, where he received the BSc in 1958, the MSc in 1959, and the PhD (Geology) in 1962. His doctoral dissertation was entitled Pleistocene Geology of the Northern Part of the Puget Lowland, Washington. Easterbrook has studied global climate change for five decades. He was chairman of the Geology Department at Western Washington University for 12 years. He is an active environmentalist, having initiated undergraduate and graduate programs in environmental geology at Western Washington University.

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  • National award for ‘Distinguished Service to the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division’, Geological Society of America
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Northwest Geological Society


Easterbrook has conducted geologic research in the North Cascade Range, Puget Lowland, Columbia Plateau, Rocky Mts., New Zealand Alps, Argentine Andes, and various other parts of the world. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Interior, and several other governmental agencies.

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