Paleoclimate

Paleoclimate scientists attempt to understand fundamental aspects of the Earth's Climate System by using natural recorders of past climate change together with climate models to identify regional, hemispheric or inter-hemispheric climate patterns, and to provide the baseline for ongoing and future climate change. These disciplines use marine and terrestrial climate archives (including ocean and lake sediments, fossil corals, speleothems, ice cores, terrestrial sediments, tree rings etc) to create a record of climate changes and variabilities ranging from sub-annual timescales to millions of years. Research interests within the department include reconstructing changes in ocean chemistry and circulation, changes in the carbon cycle, in temperature and precipitation patterns, sea-level and global ice volume, atmospheric circulation and aerosol changes, mountain glacier fluctuations and changes in land-ocean interactions. We use biological, chemical, mineralogic, and isotopic measurements together with climate models to develop a global scale perspective on our climate system. The Paleoclimate faculty includes Columbia University geologists, biologists, geochemists, atmospheric scientists as well as scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the American Museum of Natural History.

Steven Boswell
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Steven
Boswell
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Geochemistry
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Maureen Raymo
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Maureen
Raymo
Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
Lecturer
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Director - Core Repository
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
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Selected Publications:
Departures from eustasy in Pliocene sea-level records, Raymo, Maureen E.; Mitrovica, Jerry X.; O'Leary, Michael J.; DeConto, Robert M.; Hearty, Paul L. NATURE GEOSCIENCE MAY, Volume: 4 p.: 328–332 (2011)
Diachronous benthic delta O-18 responses during late Pleistocene terminations, Lisiecki, Lorraine E.; Raymo, Maureen E. PALEOCEANOGRAPHY SEP 23, Volume: 24 p.: PA3210 (2009)
Plio-Pleistocene Ice Volume, Antarctic Climate, and the Global δ18O Record, Raymo, M. E., L. E. Lisiecki, and K. H. Nisancioglu Science, Volume: 313 p.: 492 (2006)
A Pliocene-Pleistocene stack of 57 globally distributed benthic delta O-18 records, Lisiecki, L. E.; Raymo, M. E. PALEOCEANOGRAPHY JAN 18, Volume: 20 p.: PA1003 (2005)
The 41 kyr world: Milankovitch's other unsolved mystery, Raymo, M. E.; Nisancioglu, K. PALEOCEANOGRAPHY MAR 6, Volume: 18 p.: 1011 (2003)
The timing of major climate terminations, Raymo, M. E. PALEOCEANOGRAPHY AUG, Volume: 12 p.: 577–585 (1997)
THE HIMALAYAS, ORGANIC-CARBON BURIAL, AND CLIMATE IN THE MIOCENE, RAYMO, ME PALEOCEANOGRAPHY JUN, Volume: 9 p.: 399–404 (1994)
Tectonic forcing of late Cenozoic climate, Raymo, M.E. and W.F. Ruddiman Nature, Volume: 359 p.: 117-122 (1992)
Evolution of Atlantic Pacific Delta-C-13 Gradients over the Last 2.5 My, Raymo, M. E.; Ruddiman, W. F.; Shackleton, N. J.; Oppo, D. W. Earth and Planetary Science Letters Mar, Volume: 97, Issue: 3-4 p.: 353-368 (1990)
William D'Andrea
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William
D'Andrea
Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
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My research is geared toward understanding global climate change, including current anthropogenic driven changes and past changes to the Earth System.  I investigate the natural modes and underlying forcing mechanisms of past climate variability, with the goal of developing a better understanding of how the Earth System responds to natural and human-induced perturbations.

Education
PhD
Brown University
05/2008
MSc
Brown University
05/2005
BS/BA
Binghamton University
05/2002
Thesis committee member of Laura B. Levy (Dartmouth College)
Thesis committee member of David Vaillencourt (Northern Arizona University)
Selected Publications:
Biogeochemical evidence for hydrologic changes during the Holocene in a lake record from southeast Greenland, Balascio, N.L.; D'Andrea, W.J.; Bradley, R.S.; Perren, B.B. The Holocene, Volume: 23 p.: 1428-1439 (2013) 10.1177/0959683613493938
The influence of 14C reservoir age on interpretation of paleolimnological records from the Tibetan Plateau, Hou, J; D'Andrea, W.J.; Liu, Z. Quaternary Science Reviews 07/2012, Volume: 48 p.: 13 (2012)
Proxy-to-proxy calibration: Increasing the temporal resolution of quantitative climate reconstructions, von Gunten, L; D'Andrea, W.J.; Bradley, R.S.; Huang, Y. Scientific Reports 08/2012, Volume: 2, Issue: 609 p.: 6 (2012) 10.1038/srep00609
Mild Little Ice Age and unprecedented recent warmth in an 1800 year lake sediment record from Svalbard, D'Andrea, W.J.; Vaillencourt, D.A.; Balascio, N.L.; Werner, A.; Roof, S.R.; Retelle, M.; Bradley, R.S. Geology, Volume: 40, Issue: 11 p.: 1007-1010 (2012) 10.1130/G33365.1
Abrupt Holocene climate change as an important factor for human migration in West Greenland, D'Andrea, William J.; Huang, Yongsong; Fritz, Sherilyn C.; Anderson, N. John PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA JUN 14, Volume: 108 p.: 9765–9769 (2011)
Phylogenetic diversity and evolutionary relatedness of alkenone-producing haptophyte algae in lakes: Implications for continental paleotemperature reconstructions, Theroux, Susanna; D'Andrea, William J.; Toney, Jaime; Amaral-Zettler, Linda; Huang, Yongsong EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS DEC 1, Volume: 300 p.: 311–320 (2010)
Holocene carbon burial by lakes in SW Greenland, Anderson, N. J.; D'Andrea, W.; Fritz, S. C. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY NOV, Volume: 15 p.: 2590–2598 (2009)
Can sedimentary leaf waxes record D/H ratios of continental precipitation?: Field, model, and experimental assessments, Hou, Juzhi; D'Andrea, William J.; Huang, Yongsong GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA JUL 15, Volume: 72 p.: 3503–3517 (2008)
Evidence for water use efficiency as an important factor in determining the delta D values of tree leaf waxes, Hou, Juzhi; D'Andrea, William J.; MacDonald, Dana; Huang, Yongsong ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY, Volume: 38 p.: 1251–1255 (2007)
Hydrogen isotopic variability in leaf waxes among terrestrial and aquatic plants around Blood Pond, Massachusetts (USA), Hou, Juzhi; D'Andrea, William J.; MacDonald, Dana; Huang, Yongsong ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY, Volume: 38 p.: 977–984 (2007)
An efficient method for isolating individual long-chain alkenones for compound-specific hydrogen isotope analysis, D'Andrea, William J.; Liu, Zhonghui; Alexandre, Marcelo Da Rosa; Wattley, Sarah; Herbert, Timothy D.; Huang, Yongsong ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY MAY 1, Volume: 79 p.: 3430–3435 (2007)
Alkenone producers inferred from well-preserved 18S rDNA in Greenland lake sediments, D'Andrea, William J.; Lage, Melissa; Martiny, Jennifer B. H.; Laatsch, Abby D.; Amaral-Zettler, Linda A.; Sogin, Mitchell L.; Huang, Yongsong JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES SEP 19, Volume: 111 p.: G03013 (2006)
Long chain alkenones in Greenland lake sediments: Low delta C-13 values and exceptional abundance, D'Andrea, W. J.; Huang, Y. ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY, Volume: 36 p.: 1234–1241 (2005)
Braddock Linsley
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Braddock
Linsley
Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
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104E Geoscience
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
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Fields of interest: 

Coral-based paleoclimatology in the Indo-Pacific, Sediment records of Western Pacific Warm Pool and Indonesian Throughflow variability
Education
Ph.D. Geology
University of New Mexico
1990
M.S. Geology
University of South Carolina
1984
B.S. Geology
St. Lawrence University
1982
Emilie Dassie; former post doctoral scientist at LDEO
Selected Publications:
SPCZ Zonal Events and Downstream Influence on Surface Ocean Conditions in the Indonesian Throughflow Region, Linsley, Braddock K.; Wu, Henry C.; Rixen, Tim; Charles, Chris D.; Gordon, Arnold L: Moore, Michael D. Geophysical Research Letters, Volume: 43 (2016)
Decadal changes in South Pacific sea surface temperatures and the relationship to the Pacific decadal oscillation and upper ocean heat content, Linsley, Braddock K.; Wu, Henry C.; Dassie, Emilie P.; Schrag, Daniel P Geophysical Research Letters 04/2015, Volume: 42 p.: doi:10.1002/2015GL063045. (2015)
Oceanographic variability in the South Pacific Convergence Zone region over the last 210 years from multi-site coral Sr/Ca., Wu, Henry C; Linsley, BK; Dassie,EP, Schiraldi, B; deMenocal,PB Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (2013)
Holocene Evolution of the Indonesian Throughflow and the Western Pacific Warm Pool, Linsley, B.K.; Y. Rosenthal; D. W. Oppo, Nature Geoscience 2010, Volume: 3 p.: 578-583 (2010)
Tracking the extent of the South Pacific Convergence Zone since the early 1600s, Linsley, B. K.; Kaplan, A.; Gouriou, Y.; Salinger, J.; deMenocal, P. B.; Wellington, G. M.; Howe, S. S. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems May 3, Volume: 7 p.: - (2006) Doi 10.1029/2005gc001115
Beizhan Yan
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Beizhan
Yan
Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Geochemistry
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Fields of interest: 

Aqueous Geochemistry, Organic Geochemistry, Environmental Exposure and Health, and Environmental Science

My research is mainly focused on two areas: 1) characterizing exposure of pollutants and investigating adverse health effects of these pollutants in urban environments and 2) apportioning contamination sources and assessing environmental impact related to human activities (e.g., the fate of contaminants after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and impact of hydraulic fracturing on water and air quality).

The ability to unambiguously identify and measure trace organics is a prerequisite for testing mechanisms that impact their behavior and fate.  At LDEO, I have established an organic geochemistry laboratory from scratch with the ability to extract organic contaminants from environmental samples (waters, soils, sediments, aerosols) and biological samples (e.g., fish tissue and human exhaled breath condensate), to conduct purification and separation of organics of interest from the complex mixtures and matrices, and to identify and quantify those compounds using modern chromatography techniques. As I have built up these abilities at LDEO, I have continued my research in Environmental Geochemistry (e.g., source apportionment in the NY metropolitan area) and expanded into other areas, including tracing spilled oil in Gulf of Mexico, bioaccumulation and bioavailability of PAHs, bioremediation of contaminated soil/sediments, and the relationships between indoor and personal exposures to these contaminants and adverse respiratory outcomes related to the exposure among children living in NYC and Beijing, China. 

Education
Ph.D
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
08/2004
M.S.
Nanjing University, China
06/1997
B.S.
Nanjing University, China
06/1994

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