Paul Belanger is a retired geologist, micropaleontologist, and paleoclimatologist who’s studied the marine record of past climates. He is the current president of Sound Water Stewards.  Since retiring to North Whidbey 5 years ago he’s been deeply engaged with Sound Water Stewards, as a volunteer and educator participating in community science studies of forage fish monitoring as well as bluff and stormwater monitoring. He has educated SWS members and the public about our geologic history, including how our bluffs evolved, varied, and how they nourish beaches. His background gives him insights into how climate change may impact future bluff erosion and our aquifers. He uses MyCoast App to send pictures and reports of North Whidbey bluffs to researchers at USGS/WWU. His 2 and a half years as the water commissioner for his local HOA have given him insights into understanding our aquifers.

Paul was raised in Western MA, is a Vietnam-era veteran, has a BS, Geology, Univ. Wash., a MS/PhD, Brown, Geology. His specialty is as a micropaleontologist and stable isotope geochemist as applied to paleoceanography and paleoclimate.  He was a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral recipient working for the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) at Woods Hole, followed by a career in the Oil and Gas industry. He returned to paleoceanography in the mid-90s in the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). Paul taught High School for 5 years in Texas before moving to Colorado in 2001. Since 2006, he has led the Denver Climate Study group forum and discussion/web page and group and taught various Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) courses on climate change as well as addressing concerns and solutions. With colleagues at the University of Denver (DU) he collaborated with the Ethics and Ecological Economics forums and associated Beyond GDP forums since 2014. His passion is to live and educate about sustainable practices related to climate change and the needed changes in decarbonizing our way of living including sequestering carbon by all rational means, especially Biochar.

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