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Researchers in the UB Paleoclimate Dynamics group
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Dr. Elizabeth Thomas
ekthomas at buffalo dot edu
Associate Professor
Organic & Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Lab Director
Paleoclimate Lab Co-Director
Geology Department

PhD, Brown University, 2014
NSF EAR Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2016, Castañeda lab, UMass Amherst
Fulbright Scholar, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, 2022-2023



Nancy Leon
nleon at buffalo dot edu
Organic & Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Lab Manager
Geology Department

BS, Cairo University, Egypt



Dr. Samuel Mark

szmark at buffalo dot edu
NSF OPP Postdoctoral Fellow

Assessing the role of permafrost thaw in atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions since the Last Glacial Maximum

PhD Geology, University of Pittsburgh, 2023



Dr. Gerard Otiniano

gerardot at buffalo dot edu
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rapid Arctic Warming Project

Quantifying Arctic water cycle change during rapid warming events of the past 15,000 years

PhD Geology, University of Toronto, 2023

 

JM Aguilar
jnaguila at buffalo dot edu
PhD Candidate, UB Chemistry

Reconstructing paleoclimate and environment of ice-free Greenland using organic geochemistry of the sediments from beneath the Camp Century drill core, northwestern Greenland

 

Harleena Franklin
harleena at buffalo dot edu
PhD Student
University at Buffalo Schomburg Fellow

MSc Library and Information Science, Syracuse University
MSc Bioarchaeology, University of Aberdeen

Multi-proxy analyses of Arctic water cycle dynamics during past rapid warming events

 


Kurt Lindberg

kurtlind at buffalo dot edu
PhD Candidate

Latitudinal transects of modern and Holocene plant leaf wax distributions, Baffin Island, Canada

 


Rebecca Topness

rgtopnes at buffalo dot edu
PhD Student

Lake proxy system modeling and water cycle reconstructions of rapid warming events in the Great Lakes region

 

 

Undergraduate researchers

Kayla

 


Kayla Zhou

yingyuzh at buffalo dot edu
Geology undergrad

Water cycle seasonality in Western New York

 

Justus

 


Justus Rodriguez

justusro at buffalo dot edu
Geology undergrad

Paleoclimate of central Siberia

 

Isabelle


Dephil Jones
BS, Environmental Geosciences, 2023

Fall 2023: Mapping permafrost extent from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene

Summer 2022: Examining seasonal and interannual changes in lake size on western Greenland using remote sensing techniques
Collaboration with Drs. Allison Cluett and Bea Csatho

 

 

 

Former lab members

 

Postdocs & Technicians

Owen

 

 

Owen Cowling
MS, Geology, May 2018
Deglacial temperature and precipitation history of coastal Norway and the Polar Ural Mountains, Russia

Organic & Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Lab Manager 2017-2023

current: Technician, University of Cincinnati, OH



Michaela Fendrock

UB Postdoc 2022-2023
NSF OPP Postdoctoral Fellow

A Well Constrained Hosing Experiment for Interrogating Arctic Precipitation Changes in the Younger Dryas

PhD Paleoclimate, MIT-WHOI Joint Program

current: Assistant Professor, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

 

PhD

 


Devon Gorbey
PhD, Geology, September 2023
University at Buffalo Presidential Fellow

Interglacial hydroclimate variability along a latitudinal transect, Baffin Island, Arctic Canada

current: AAAS/AGU Congressional Science Fellow

 

 

Katelyn (Katie) Eaman

PhD stduent, 2022-2023

current: MS student in UB Geology Planetary Research Group

 

Sofia Kjellman
PhD, UiT the Arctic University of Norway and the University Centre in Svalbard, 2022

Latitudinal gradients in Holocene precipitation seasonality and humidity in Arctic Norway

Sofia's LinkedIn; ResearchGate; University in Tromsø profile

current: Postdoctoral Researcher, UiT the Arctic University of Norway

Allison

 

Allison Cluett
PhD, Geology, May 2021
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
2018-2019 Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellow
2021-2022 NSF AGS Postoctoral Fellow, Northern Arizona University

Holocene temperature and precipitation history of western Greenland

Allison's website

current: Assistant Project Scientist University of California, Santa Cruz and NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center

 

 

Master's

Hannah




Hannah Holtzman

MS, Geology, May 2023

Holocene climate change on the Kola Peninsula, Russia

current: Geologist, Geosyntec, Minneapolis, MN

 

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Kayla Hollister
MS, Geology, May 2021
Modern plant leaf wax distributions and sources to lake sediments, Baffin Island, Arctic Canada

BS, Geology, May 2019
Water isotopes of streams, precipitation, and groundwater in Western New York
and
Holocene summer precipitation isotopes in Disko Bugt, western Greenland

current: pursuing PhD at University of Notre Dame

 

 

Arden Croft
MS non-thesis, Geology, September 2021
co-advised by Dr. Chuck Mitchell
Ocean phytoplankton and oxygen changes during
the Late Ordovician mass extinction event

current: Earth Science teacher, Nardin Academy, Buffalo, NY


 

Jiawei Jiang
MS non-thesis, Geology, September 2021
co-advised by Dr. Chuck Mitchell
Biomarker indicators of global ocean oxygenation conditions during the late Ordovician mass extinction event

current: environmental consultant

 

 

Amy Grogan
MS, Geology, May 2020
Holocene precipitation seasonality reconstructed using lake sediments in southwestern Greenland

current: Geologist at CORE Environmental, Buffalo, NY

 


Megan Corcoran
BS, Geology & Chemistry, May 2017
MS, Geology, May 2019
Assessing and applying a dual isotope approach as an indicator of precipitation seasonality and moisture recycling in modern and paleoclimate studies

current: Postdoc at University of Cincinnati, OH

Sandrine


 

Elizabeth Lee
MA, Geology, June 2018
Tonawanda Coke Soil Study

current: Science Teacher, Howard High School, Columbia, MD

 

 

 

Undergrads

Katie

 

 

 

Haben Berhe
BS, Environmental Engineering, 2023

Precipitation isotope seasonality and spatial variability in Western New York

Isabelle


 

Katie Patchett
BS, Geology, 2023

 

Isabelle


 

Abby Stressinger
BS, Biological Sciences and Environmental Geosciences, 2023

 

Isabelle


Isabelle Mahar
BS, Environment and Sustainability at Barnard College, 2023

Using lake water balance modeling to examine how lake morphometry affects Arctic lake water isotope values

Leaf wax and organic matter abundance in Alaskan loess samples from MIS5 to MIS20

Isabelle's LinkedIn

Katie

 

 

Katie Lovell
BS, Geology, December 2021

Water isotopes of streams, precipitation, and groundwater in Western New York

current: Geologist, AECOM, Buffalo, NY

Allison

 

Delaney Murphy
First two years of Geology studies at UB

Water isotopes of streams, precipitation, and groundwater in Western New York

 

Maya

 

 

Maya Prabhakar
BS, Geology, May 2020
Foraminifera oxygen isotopes as a proxy for Greenland Ice Sheet melt and Arctic Ocean seasonality

current: pursuing PhD at University of Arizona

 

Todd



Todd Glosser
BS, Geology, May 2020
Water isotopes and water residence time of ponds and lakes in Western New York

current: Earth Science and Chemistry teacher at Mount St. Mary Academy, Kenmore, NY

 

 

Owen Ogiony
BS, Geology, May 2019
Water isotopes and water residence time of ponds and lakes in Western New York

current: Geologist at Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

 

 

Sandrine



Sandrine Duboscq
BS, Geology, May 2018
Holocene temperature and precipitation
history of Svalbard

MS at North Carolina State University, 2020

current: Staff Geologist at Nicklaus Engineering

 

 

Nate

 



Nathan Marshall
BS, Geology & Chemistry, May 2018
Ocean phytoplankton and environmental changes during
the Late Ordovician mass extinction event

current: pursuing PhD at University of California Riverside

Nate


 

Anthony Ebron
BS, Geology, May 2017
The relationship between water isotopes in Ellicott Creek, Buffalo, NY, and spring snowmelt and extreme rainfall events

current: Geologist at Woodard & Curran

Nate


 

Casterland Fanfan
BS, Geology, May 2016
Carbon isotopes of leaf waxes on the Chinese Loess Plateau

current: Environmental and Water Resources Engineer, Pennoni, Philadelphia, PA