Research in the Petersen Group (SCIPP Lab) focuses on reconstructing past climate using geochemical tools, in particular, stable and clumped isotopes of carbonate fossils. We have ongoing projects focusing on reconstructing climate in the Cretaceous, Miocene, Pleistocene and other time periods, looking at how climate has changed on million-year down to sub-annual timescales. Check out our Research page for more details.


Interested in joining the Petersen Group?
After four new arrivals joining the group for the 2019-2020 academic year, we will be having a slower year in terms of recruitment this admission cycle. Rockstar students are still encouraged to apply/contact Dr. Petersen.


Graduate: Applications to UM Earth and Environmental Sciences Department graduate program (Masters and PhD) are typically due in January to begin the following fall semester. Contact Dr. Petersen if you are interested in applying. Please include your CV and unofficial transcript with your email. More info can be found here about the admissions process.
Undergraduate: The SCIPP lab has traditionally had a number of undergraduates working in our lab (see People), recruited either directly or through the UROP program. Currently, we are at capacity for undergraduate researchers.
Lab MANAGER: We are seeking to hire a full-time lab manager for the SCIPP Lab. Job description can be found here. Please email Dr. Petersen your CV and a cover letter describing relevant experience. Applications will begin being reviewed August 1st and continue until the position is filled.