Research interests

Nick has a lot of research interests, but they all are aimed at using natural records of past climate variability to inform our understanding of climate dynamics, or developing better ways to do so. We work on understanding natural climate variability in observations and models, in places ranging from the tropics to the Arctic, on timescales ranging years to millennia.

Cody Routson

Assistant Research Professor

Research interests

Cody researches, develops, and uses natural climate archives to extend observational records, establish baseline conditions, and characterize the climate system and risks of climate-related natural hazards. His post-doctoral research is focused on Northern Hemisphere climate drivers, including Arctic weather patterns and sea ice fluctuation. Arctic sea-ice loss has major implications for both local and hemispheric climate. Cody's work helps characterize the risk of extreme events and inform adaptation strategies to cope with climate change.

Michael Erb

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research interests

Michael received his doctoral degree from Rutgers University, where he worked with Dr. Tony Broccoli to understand the response of climate feedbacks, equatorial Pacific seasonality, and wetlands to past changes in the earth’s orbit. Currently, Michael uses a data assimilation technique to leverage the strengths of general circulation model output and data from proxy records to better quantify climate variations over the past several millennia. His research interests include hydroclimate topics such as monsoons and drought, which affect people across the world.

Stephanie Arcusa

Ph.D. Student - Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability

Research interests

Stephanie has a BSc in Earth Sciences from University College Cork, Ireland and a MSc in Climate Sciences from University Bern, Switzerland. Her current research interest lies in reconstructing drought and dustiness over the past 10,000 years for the Four Corners region of the U.S. southwest. She is also interested in making her research broadly useful to society.

Chris Heiser

Application System Analyst

Research interests

Chris has a BSc in Computer Science from Northern Arizona University. He's interested in cyberinfrastructure for paleoclimatology, and helps develop and improved the Linked PaleoData framework, and is the lead developer of LiPD utilities, and is part of the Linked Earth team.

Hannah Kolus

Research Assistant

Research interests

Hannah has a BSc in physics from Brown University and and MSc in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University. She enjoys running computer models and coding. Her current research interests involve investigating the variability of global climate events over the last 11,500 years using natural records, and using process models to better understand glacier-hydrology-lake-sedimentation systems.

Charlotte Wiman

Master's Student - Environmental Science & Policy

Research interests

Charlotte has a BS in Environmental Science from Northeastern University and previously worked in the Coastal Systems Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is studying paleoclimate and paleoenviroment in alpine lake sediments from the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. She is especially interested in science communication and outreach.

Ethan Yackulic

Master's Candidate - Environmental Science & Policy

Research interests

Ethan is interested in reconstructing paleoclimatic conditions through analysis and interpretation of lacustrine sediments. Ethan is exploring the potential of hyperspectral spectroscopy as a tool for sedimentary analysis at alpine lakes in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado.

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