Studying climate and erosion records

 

I am a geoscientist who investigates how climate change has shaped the landscape, both past and present. I use a number of investigation techniques – field sampling, isotopic analyses, geophysical imaging, remote sensing and numerical models – to learn about the history of a landscape and the climate conditions that may have changed the pace and pattern of erosion. Specifically, I think about how the presence of permafrost alters the movement of water, sediment and carbon, and what happens to those fluxes as permafrost thaws. I also think about how landscapes with layered sedimentary rocks evolve, and how that might complicate the erosion stories encoded in landforms.