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Quaternary Studies and Climate Change


This program is designed to provide M.S. and Ph.D. students with the technical knowledge required for the study of a wide range of environmental, hydrologic, and climatological problems seen in the context of how these processes operate throughout the Quaternary.   


The program focuses on the qualitative and quantitative assessment of the processes linking climate change, hydrology, and the terrestrial environment. 


  • Quaternary Geology
  • Glacial Geology
  • Cenozoic Climate Change
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Light Isotope Geochemistry
  • Introductory Hydrogeology
  • Riparian Processes
  • Surface Water Hydrology
  • Computer Simulation in Geology
  • Paleolimnology
  • Paleoceanography
  • Micropaleontology
  • Sedimentary Petrology
  • Sedimentology   

Faculty within the Quaternary Studies program encompass a wide variety of specializations including those of:   

  • JOSEPH D. ORTIZ, Ph.D., Oregon State University, 1995. Marine micropaleontology and  geochemistry of Foraminifera, stratigraphy, marine sedimentology, climatic change.
  • DONALD F. PALMER, Princeton University, 1968. Magnetic stratigraphy, magnetic susceptibility. 
  • ALISON J. SMITH, Ph.D., Brown University, 1991.  Limnology, Paleolimnology, Lacustrine-Ground water Interactions; Lacustrine Ostracodes as environmental and climatic indicators. 
  • NEIL A. WELLS, Ph.D.,  University of Michigan, 1984. Geomorphology, Clastic Sedimentology and Sedimentary Environments. 

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