Warren D. Sharp was born in Berkeley, California. Sharp received both his B.A. (1974), and his Ph.D. (1984) in Geology from the University of California at Berkeley. His doctoral research involved development and application of K-Ar and U-Pb geochronometry to the formation of continental crust via plate tectonics processes. He accepted a faculty position in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he taught and established a research program centered on 40Ar/39Ar geochronometry applied to problems in continental crustal evolution. Since coming to the Berkeley Geochronology Center (then Institute of Human Origins) in 1992, his research has focused on providing a time-axis for significant geologic processes and events over the last ~ one million years, including active volcanism, glaciation, paleoclimatic change and active faulting. In particular, he has developed innovative applications of uranium-series dating to silica and carbonate soil components to provide ages for geologically youthful surfaces and strata in order to elucidate human physical and cultural evolution, relations between regional and global climate change, and rates of crustal deformation. He serves on the editorial board of Quaternary Geochronology, as co-leader of the International Quaternary Association’s Drylands Dating Sub-Commission, and as Associate Director of the BGC.
Sharp, W.D., and Clague, D.A., 2006. 50-Ma Initiation of Hawaiian-Emperor Bend Records Major Change in Pacific Plate Motion. Science, 313: 1281-1284.
Cruz, J., F.W., Burns, S.J., Karmann, I., Sharp, W.D., Vuille, M., Cardoso, A.O., Ferrari, J.A., Silva Dias, P.L. and Viana, J., O., 2005. Insolation-driven changes in atmospheric circulation over the past 116,000 years in subtropical Brazil. Nature, 434: 63-66.
Kirch, P.V. and Sharp, W.D., 2005. Coral 230Th Dating of the Imposition of a Ritual Control Hierarchy in Precontact Hawaii. Science, 307: 102-104.
Sharp, W.D. and Renne, P.R., 2005. The 40Ar/39Ar dating of core recovered by the Hawaii Scientific Drilling Project (phase 2), Hilo, Hawaii. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 6(4), Q04G17, doi:10.1029/2004GC000846.
Sharp, W.D., Ludwig, K.R., Chadwick, O.A., Amundson, R. and Glaser, L.L., 2003. Dating fluvial terraces by 230Th/U on pedogenic carbonate, Wind River Basin, Wyoming. Quaternary Research, 59: 139-150.
Hemming, S.R., Broecker, W.S., Sharp, W.D., Bond, G.C., Gwiazda, R.H., McManus, J.F., Klas, M. and Hajdas, I., 1998. Provenance of Heinrich layers in core V28-82 northeastern Atlantic: 40Ar/39Ar ages of ice-rafted hornblende, Pb isotopes in feldspar grains, and Nd-Sr-Pb isotopes in the fine sediment fraction. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 164: 317-333.
Renne, P.R., Sharp, W.D., Deino, A.L., Orsi, G. and Civetta, L., 1997. 40Ar/39Ar Dating Into the Historical Realm: Calibration Against Pliny the Younger. Science, 277(5330): 1279-1280.
Sharp, W.D., Turrin, B.D., Renne, P.R. and Lanphere, M.A., 1996. 40Ar/39Ar and K/Ar dating of lavas from the Hilo 1-km core hole, Hawaii Scientific Drilling Project. Journal of Geophysical Research, 101(5): 11,607-11,616.
Sharp, W.D., 1988. Pre-Cretaceous crustal evolution in the Sierra Nevada region, California, in Metamorphism and Crustal Evolution of the Western United States, edited by W. G. Ernst, Ruby Volume VII, 823-886 pp, Prentice Hall.
Ross, J. A., and W.D. Sharp, 1988. The effects of sub-blocking temperature metamorphism on the K-Ar systematics of hornblendes: 40Ar/39Ar dating of polymetamorphic garnet amphibolite from the Franciscan Complex, California. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 100: 213-221.