About

I am a Climate Scientist with a focus on Paleoclimatology: the study of climate variations over the last few hundred thousand years. The main goals of my research are to understand why climate has experienced natural shifts in the past in precipitation amount and temperature. My main study areas are the Western United States, Central America, and Mexico, where I use cave deposits and speleoclimatology to understand temperature and rainfall changes over time. These climate science data help us to understand how climate variations have affected human systems and history in the past, and provide lessons for future adaptation to anthropogenic climate change.

 

Employment
Full Professor, Department of Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2014-present
Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 2009-2014
Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 2003 to 2009
Director, Las Vegas Isotope Science (LVIS) Laboratory, 2006-present
Postdoctoral Research Faculty University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, 2002-2003
Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panamá, 2001-2002
Fulbright Fellow to Costa Rica, US Information Agency, 1999

Education
Ph.D., 2001. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA
M.S., 1997. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
B.A., 1995. Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA

H.S. 1991, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan

 

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La Influencia Enorme de las Temperaturas Oceánicas sobre el clima de Centroamérica

21 Febrero, 2020 Comunicado de Prensa, Universidad de Nevada Las Vegas Nueva investigación por la Universidad de Nevada Las Vegas contextualiza la historia de clima de los bosques tropicales de Guatemala. Por Natalie Bruzda Los turistas gastan miles de dólares para explorer y disfrutar los bosques ricos de Guatemala. Es dificil creer que los paisajes … Continue reading La Influencia Enorme de las Temperaturas Oceánicas sobre el clima de Centroamérica

Democratic Primary Debate: Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the fastest warming cities?

And the unasked question about water scarcity in the Colorado River In the Feb. 19, 2020 Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas, moderator, Nevada political legend, and The Nevada Independent founder Jon Ralston framed a question to the candidates on climate change that mentioned Las Vegas was the fastest warming city in the country. But … Continue reading Democratic Primary Debate: Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the fastest warming cities?

Nevada statewide temperature continues to increase

Now that the 2019 temperature data are in, I thought it would be interesting to compare the rise in Nevada statewide temperatures to atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. The figure shows that the decadal averages (thick line; 2000-2019, etc) continue to increase, despite Nevada having a relatively cool 2019. There were one or two isolated hot … Continue reading Nevada statewide temperature continues to increase

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