My research group investigates Earth’s climate history, primarily through the lens of paleolimnology (the study of lake sediments) and with a focus on the Arctic. Our field and laboratory work aims to uncover the causes and impacts of late Quaternary climate change, and to improve the methods used to reconstruct past climate. Northwestern’s Quaternary Sediment Lab is equipped for diverse analyses of sediments, from whole-core scanning XRF to detailed studies of microfossils. Current projects are reconstructing Earth’s past using methods ranging from stable isotope analyses of chitin and plant lipids to paleoecological assessments of charcoal and insect assemblages to GIS analyses of historical Greenland expedition photos.
Join us! I’m seeking a new PhD student for Fall 2019. Please get in touch if you’re interested in learning and applying methods in isotope geochemistry or paleoecology to exciting questions in polar paleoclimate.