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About Us

The terrestrial paleoclimate group works to reconstruct changes in climate and the hydrologic cycle over the past 100 million years.  We are interested in long-term controls and feedbacks that govern the climate and in understanding fundamental differences in hydrologic cycling between the high-CO2 world 50 million years ago and our current, relatively low-CO2 world.  With atmospheric CO2 concentrations approaching levels that have not been seen in at least 5, and perhaps 20, million years, we are motivated to look at the paleoclimate record to constrain how human activities may alter the hydrologic cycle and terrestrial climate.  Our group uses a combination of field studies and stable isotopes, global and regional climate models, one-dimensional models, and novel statistical methods to improve our knowledge of the evolution of Earth's climate.

The terrestrial paleoclimate group is directed by Professor C. Page Chamberlain. Currently, we consist of two Ph.D. students, one undergraduate, and a laboratory manager of the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory.  We have long-term collaborations with Professor Andreas Mulch the Vice-Director of the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt Germany, and Professor Derek Sjostrom the Chair of Science Division, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana. At Stanford University our research group collaborates with Associate Professor Kate Maher, Associate Professor Kevin Boyce, and Professor Stephan Graham, and is a part of the Sedimentary Research Group.

We are looking for graduate students with a wide-range of backgrounds who are interested in addressing terrestrial paleoclimate questions using novel approaches and methods.  Please email Professor Chamberlain for more information.


Current Group

Page Chamberlain (Professor)

Peter Blisniuk (Laboratory Manager)

Daniel Ibarra (PhD Candidate)

Tyler Kukla (PhD Student)



Casey Mullins '20 (Undergraduate Laboratory Researcher, 2017-present)

Danielle Moragne '17 (Dartmouth) (Undergraduate Laboratory Researcher and Senior Thesis, 2016-2017)

Sam Kramer '17 (2015 SESUR Fellow and Undergraduate Laboratory Researcher, 2015)

Jake Glassman '17 (Undergraduate Laboratory Researcher, 2015)

Alexis Wood '15 (2013 SESUR Fellow and Undergraduate Laboratory Researcher, 2013-2014)

Sara Maurer '15 (Undergraduate Laboratory Researcher, 2013-2014)

Walter Torres '14 (2012 SESUR Fellow)


Former Group Members

Dr. Jeremy Caves, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ETH Zürich (PhD, 2016)

Dr. Yadira Ibarra, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University (Postdoc, 2015-16)

Annie Ritch, Software Developer, Oh My Green (MS, 2016)

Dr. Matt Winnick, Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst (PhD, 2015)

Dr. Hari Mix, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California (PhD, 2014)

Dr. Seulgi Moon, Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles (PhD, 2013, co-advised with George Hilley)

Dr. Malinda Kent-Corson, Lecturer, Geological Sciences, Stanford University (PhD, 2009)

Dr. Steve Davis, Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine (PhD, 2008)

Dr. Mike Hren, Assistant Professor, Dept. Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Stors, Connecticut (PhD, 2007)

Dr. Mandy Booth, Associate Professor, Dept. Geology and Earth Sciences, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska (PhD, 2006)

Dr. Travis Horton, Associate Professor, Dept. Geological Sciences, University Canterbury, Canterbury, New Zealand (PhD, 2004)

Recent News Articles

"Extinct lakes of the American desert west" - by Kea Giles, Geological Society of America, 02/22/2018

"Stanford researchers capture Central Asia’s 'de-greening' over millions of years into a modern-day desert" - by Adam Hadhazy, Stanford News Service, 10/13/2016

"Longest-lasting deserts are more than 30 million years old" - by Fred Pearce, New Scientist, 9/29/2016.

"Ice sheets may be more resilient than thought, say Stanford scientists" - by Miles Traer, Stanford News Service, 9/3/2015

"Rising mountains dried out Central Asia" - Stanford News Service, 12/10/2013

"How Sierra Nevada rose from the jungle" - SFGate, 01/16/2011

"Raindrops reveal how a wave of mountains moved south across the country" - Stanford News Service, 12/17/2010

"Isotope study puts a chill on ancient oceans" -, 11/11/2009

"Earth's early ocean cooled more than a billion years earlier than thought" - Stanford News Service, 11/11/2009 (Video)

"Endangered California condors: Let them eat seals" - Stanford News Service, 11/08/2005