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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 four Ph.D. students, one postdoctoral researcher, 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 our research group collaborates with Associate Professor Kate Maher 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)

Elizabeth Johnston (PhD Student)



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

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 (MS, 2016)

Dr. Matt Winnick, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University (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, Division of Earth Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (PhD, 2009)

Dr. Steve Davis, Assistant 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, Assistant Professor, Dept. Geology and Earth Sciences, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska (PhD, 2006)

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


Field Course Videos

Professor Chamberlain Discussing Rocky Mountain Sophomore College

Highlights of 2016 Class

Recent News Articles

"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

"Quantifying Primary Productivity in Cenozoic Soil Carbonate" - Undergraduate summer research blog by Samuel Kramer, Summer 2015 SESUR Fellow

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

"Encounters with the Eocene" - Undergraduate summer research blog by Alexis Wood, Summer 2013 SESUR Fellow

"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