Konrad Hughen grew up in southern California, where seasonality was measured by the arrival of brighter green on the citrus trees. His undergraduate education in Santa Cruz, Calif., involved sequential majors in biology and geology. He thought it would be a “good idea” to combine the fields to learn how the Earth’s climate had changed through time, having never heard of paleoclimatology. A Ph.D. in geology in Boulder, Colo., remedied that, and Hughen found himself studying abrupt climate changes of the past and what may drive them. He spent his postdoctoral years at Harvard expanding his skills in analytical geochemistry. His research has taken him from Arctic tundra to coral reefs and many points in between, an aspect of his career he loves the most. Hughen and his wife moved to Falmouth, Mass., seven years ago. They spend their “free” time raising two young daughters.
(Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)