Yale scientist and alumnus David Evans has been named as the next head of Berkeley College, President Peter Salovey and Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway have announced.
His five-year term will begin on July 1.
Evans focuses his research on the past motions of continents across Earth’s surface. He is director of the Yale Paleomagnetism Laboratory, which traces this movement by measuring fossil magnetism preserved in ancient rocks from around the world. His undergraduate classes at Yale span from introductory geology to global tectonics, natural resources, and changes in Earth’s climate. “In these classes and for his research, he has taken students on numerous geological field trips across the New England Appalachians, as well as to more far-flung destinations including Australia, Barbados, Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, and South Africa,” Salovey and Holloway wrote in a letter to the Berkeley College community announcing Evans’ new post.