In 1994, Columbia University signed a contract with Ed Bass to take over the operation of Biosphere 2. Michael Crow, our Vice Provost, who carried out the negotiations, put in place two key programs. One was a semester long education program for college students. Debbie Colodner, a research scientist in Lamont-Doherty’s geochemistry group, offered to take charge of its development. Because I had advised Biosphere 2’s interim management group on possible scientific research projects, I offered to continue in this role.

It certainly was a great opportunity and a number of Lamont scientists worked very hard to make something of...

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