UNRAVELING THE HISTORY OF EARTH’S CLIMATE AND ECOSYSTEMS
Our group seeks a deeper understanding of how Earth’s natural systems have bahaved in the past, and how this knowledge can better inform us of the future. We are principally focused on reconstructing the evolution of Earth’s climate and ecosystems using biogeochemical tracers preserved in various geological archives. To better constrain the mechanisms responsible for observed changes, ongoing work also involves modern calibration studies and paleoclimate simulations using complex earth system models.
The lab is directed by Michael Griffiths, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science at William Paterson University of New Jersey.
What can cave minerals reveal about past climate?
We build paleoclimate records using geochemical tracers preserved in cave stalagmites
What do fossils tell us about ancient ecosystems?
We reconstruct past biology and ecology of marine vertebrates using various isotope systems
How can computer models help test hypotheses?
We use computational earth system models to infer the processes responsible for climate changes imprinted in the natural archives