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Our Research

We travel all over the world to obtain our crucial data that has helped to expand on the topics of Quaternary climate change as well as the interrelationships between people, ecosystems, landscapes and climate.


Research Opportunities Available

paleo-lab-research-opportunities.pngThere are currently several opportunities in the PSL for students to work on paleoclimate research in Tibet, South America, Russia, and western United States.

Those interested in pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in paleoclimatology geology and are looking to get involved in research, then you've come to the right place!

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Ongoing International Research

paleo-lab-research-international.pngThe main thrust of international research projects is to characterize and understand variability in the world’s monsoons.

These systems provide more than half of the global population with essential fresh water, but their variability is not well demonstrated on paleoclimate timescales.

In Tibet, multi-proxy hydroclimate records are being developed from monsoon sensitive regions on the southeastern Tibetan Plateau. In South America, monsoonal reconstructions are being produced from Colombia and Peru.

Learn more about our expeditions by following the links below;


South America:

Ongoing Domestic Research

paleo-lab-research-domestic.pngAnother focus of research in the PSL is on the interactions between human, climate and landscape dynamics in North America during the Pleistocene and Holocene.

In the southwestern United States, lake sediment records of hydroclimate and environmental variability are being developed from drought-sensitive New Mexico and Arizona. In the mid-continental United States, we are working to reconstruct late Glacial and Holocene hydroclimate variability using paired oxygen isotope records from hydrologically open and closed lake systems.

We are also developing flood histories and records of American Indian land use and site occupation using sediment archives from floodplain lakes on the Ohio and Illinois Rivers that are also adjacent to Mississippian archeological sites.

Learn more about our expeditions by following the links below;

North America:

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