ESP Biography

CHRISTOPHER KREMER, Stanford graduate student

Major: Geological Sciences

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a second-year graduate student at Stanford in Geological Sciences. Right now I study giant "rivers" of sand and mud in the deep ocean, and soon I'll be starting work on the history of water on Mars.

Past Classes

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R5647: Was Mars Once Like Earth? in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Recent findings on Mars have provided us a tantalizing glimpse at the planet’s ancient history. Based on data from rovers and orbiters, we now know that Mars used to be warmer and wetter than it is now. But how wet and how warm? Did Mars have a giant ocean? Was Mars like Antarctica? We’ll explore how some simple reasoning from chemistry, physics, and field geology can unravel the ancient history of a faraway planet and tell us a thing or two about our own.

R5668: Climate Lessons from the Climate's Arch-Enemy in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
What is oil exactly? Where does it come from? And how is a bunch of dead stuff powering (and warming) the world? This class explores how oil reveals the nature of ancient life and how the scientific quest for “black gold” has helped unravel the history of ancient oceans, rivers, and mountains.

R1812: Where did the world's languages come from? in Splash! Fall 2011 (Oct. 29 - 30, 2011)
We all know English has some Latin roots, but could it be somehow related to Persian and Hindi? Why do most languages use alphabets to represent words but a few others use characters? And what is the difference between a dialect and a language (hint: it has something to do with an army and a navy)? How did humans even come to use language in the first place? We will explore these questions and much more as we learn about the exciting world of historical linguistics!