Areas of Expertise
- Micropaleontology and Biostratigraphy
- Stratigraphy of Sedimentary Basins
- Antarctic Geology
- History of Science
- Ph.D. Utrecht University, The Netherlands 1966
Peter Webb’s interests include micropaleontology, biostratigraphy, paleoecology, paleoclimatology and biogeography of Cretaceous-Cenozoic marine sedimentary basins and terrestrial terrains in south polar regions, principally Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. PhD-MS student and post- doctoral research has concentrated on application of microfossil groups in solving problems associated with the geologic history of the southern high latitude Cenozoic cryosphere. The research group is supported by grants from NSF and has involved collaboration with high latitude field ventures such as the Deep Sea Drilling Project, Ocean Drilling Program, Dry Valley Drilling Project, Cape Roberts Project, ANDRILL, and also terrestrial work in West Antarctica and Transantarctic Mountains. Peter’s research interests also include the history of polar science and exploration, especially since the International Geophysical Year (1957-59). His BSc and MSc degrees are from Victoria University of Wellington. Before arriving at OSU in 1980 he was employed by the New Zealand Geological Survey and Northern Illinois University-De Kalb, and also worked at institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Peter is a Fellow of the GSA, a former Alexander von Humboldt Preistraeger, and an Adjunct Professor at both the University of Canterbury- Christchurch and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.