Research in the Petersen Group (SCIPP Lab) focuses on reconstructing past climate using geochemical tools, in particular, stable and clumped isotopes of carbonate. 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.


The Petersen Group is always looking to attract new members!
03/2019: We will be recruiting graduate students (MS/PhD) for Fall 2020, but will not be taking on any new undergraduates for the 2019-2020 school year.
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. More info can be found here.
Undergraduate: We have traditionally had a number of undergraduates working in our lab, recruited either directly or through the UROP program. Enthusiastic and driven undergraduates should contact Dr. Petersen.