Wally Broecker in his office on March 27, 2017.

Wally Broecker's Science Autobiography

"As someone whose career has paralleled the evolution of my field of isotope geochemistry, and of my scientific home, Lamont-Doherty, I feel an obligation to record how I fit into these two enterprises. I must caution the reader that this book is neither a review of my field nor of my institution. Rather, it is based on my recollections. As recollections often become blurred with time, I include only those things that remain clear in my mind."


Late in my career, I was ‘adopted’ by a man named Gary Comer. I say ‘adopted’ because he came to me with questions about Arctic sea ice cover and almost immediately became extremely interested in abrupt climate change.

—Wally Broecker


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