Our research centers on understanding how terrestrial landscapes and organisms respond to past climate change.

We primarily use stable isotopic records to study interactions between mammals, vegetation, and climate in past ecosystems. Our work involves a combination of geologic fieldwork, isotopic lab work, and modern analog studies. Active projects include reconstructing Plio-Pleistocene environments from sedimentary and isotopic records preserved in the East African Rift system, isotope hydrology in Ethiopia, paleoecological and sedimentology of mid-Pleistocene sites in South Africa, and mass-dependent Δ17O variation in the sedimentary record and the hydrosphere.

Interested joining the group as an undergrad, grad student or postdoc? Click here for more information about the research happening in the lab. If you’re a prospective grad student, read this advice about the grad school application process and what to do as you start contacting potential faculty advisors.

We do our work as part of the UM IsoPaleoLab group – check out the IPL website, Instagram and Twitter feeds.

Here are some pictures of the latest action from our group via Instagram.