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GRADUATE STUDIES
EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE

Climate Change Focus
Data from ice cores in both polar (Greenland and Antarctica) and high altitude/low to middle latitude sites (e.g., China, Nepal) are used to address such topics as changes in climate and chemistry of the atmosphere.

Degree programs: M.S. in Earth Science (geochemical systems specialization), Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences

RESEARCH FOCI

Global to regional scale impact of anthropogenic activity;
Global impact of volcanism;
Global climate change over centuries to millennia (e.g., Little Ice Age, rapid climate transitions, glacial/interglacial cycles);
Composition of the modern atmosphere over remote sites;
Air/snow fractionation;
Signal analysis applied to environmental data series.

PAST STUDENT RESEARCH
• "A 2000-year history of Antarctic volcanism from tephra in the Siple Dome ice core"
• "Physical and chemical climate in the Nepal Himalaya"
• "Modeling climate and vegetation structure to predict potential forest growth in Ireland"
• "Chemical alternation associated with surface/near-surface physical processes in the dry snow zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet"
• "From snow to ice: a study of the H202 content of polar snow and ice from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets"
• "The spatial distribution of snow and aerosol chemistry in the mountains of central Asia"
• "Glaciochemical investigations of the Newall Glacier, Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica"
• "Holocene climate change in the mid-to-high northern latitudes: interpretations from a Greenland ice core"
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