Wolfgang Berger, oceanographer who helped reveal the history of the world’s oceans, dies at 79

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Wolfgang “Wolf” Berger, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher whose big insights about tiny fossils helped reveal the history of the world’s oceans, has died at 79.

The paleoceanographer died in San Diego on Aug. 6, Scripps said. A cause of death was not disclosed.

For more than 40 years, Berger helped define and advance paleoceanography, which encompasses some of the most complex systems in nature, including the circulation of ocean currents and the scattering of marine fossils in deep, dark waters.

He was particularly well known for his investigation of marine fossils and plankton, using them to examine how Earth’s climate, ocean and atmosphere changed over time.


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