Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Broxton Bird Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences


Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA, 2009

M.Sc. California State University Fullerton, Fullerton CA, 2005

B.A. Hamilton College, Clinton NY, 1999

Teaching Assignments

Geol 110: Physical Geology

Geol 306: Earth Materials

Geol 415: Principles of Geomorphology

Current Research

My research is broadly concerned with reconstructing the atmospheric component of late Quaternary climate changes at decadal resolutions using high-resolution lake sediment archives. Although my work addresses a range of environmental questions, I am particularly in interested in the intersection between climate change and water resources and the impacts on natural and anthropogenic systems.  My current projects are focused on developing new hydroclimate records from Tibet and tropical South America in order to reconstruct the spatiotemporal patterns and mechanisms of mean state changes in these major monsoon systems. Variations in these systems directly influence the lives of millions of people that rely on monsoon rains for fresh water. Methodologically, I combine field-based and modern process investigations with quantitative down-core multi-proxy analyses that integrate sedimentology, stable isotope and elemental geochemistry, geophysics, and isotope-enabled hydrologic modeling.

Current Students

Owen Rudloff

Lucas Stamps

Select Publications

2011, Bird, B.W., Abbott, M.B., Rodbell, D.T., Vuille, M., Holocene tropical South American hydroclimate revealed from a decadally resolved lake sediment d18O record. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 310, (3-4), 192-202, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.08.040.

2011, Bird, B.W., Abbott, M.B., Vuille, M. Rodbell, D.T., Rosenmeier, M.F., and Stansell, N.D. A 2300-year-long annually-resolved lake sediment record of the South American Summer Monsoon from Laguna Pumacocha, Peru.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, 8583-8588, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1003719108.

2010, Bird, B.W., Kirby, M.E., Howat, I.M., Tulaczyk, S., Geophysical evidence for Holocene lake-level change in southern California (Dry Lake): Additional support for a regionally wet early Holocene and a mid-Holocene climate shift.  Boreas, 39, (1), 131-144, doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3885.2009.00114.x.

2009, Bird, B.W., Abbott, M.B., Finney, B.P., and Kutchko, B.G., A 2000 year varve-based climate record from the central Brooks Range, Alaska.  Journal of Paleolimnology (special issue), 41, (1) 25-41, doi: 10.1007/s10933-008-9262-y.

2006, Bird, B.W. and Kirby, M.E. An alpine lacustrine record of early Holocene North American Monsoon dynamics from Dry Lake, southern California (USA). Journal of Paleolimnology 35, 179-192.