Glaciers, Bugs and Marvelous Mud: Using Lake Sediments to Understand Arctic Climate Change
When: Monday, January 13 2014, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Where: 041 Haldeman Center
Contact : Lee McDavid, 603-646-1278

Yarrow Axford, Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University


Yarrow Axford
Yarrow Axford, PhD (standing)
Axford’s research focuses on climate change in the Arctic, including Iceland, Greenland, Alaska and arctic Canada.  As a geologist, she collects lake sediment cores to uncover records of past and ongoing environmental change.  As a paleoecologist, she focuses on interpreting biological remains preserved in sediment cores.  Her ultimate goal is to use geologic records to answer questions of relevance to the future, such as “How unusual are recent changes in arctic ecosystems?” and “How did the arctic environment respond to past periods of warmth?”  Her talk will discuss collection and interpretation of lake sediment cores from arctic sites, and lessons learned from these records about arctic climate change.


Yarrow Axford is Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University.  She earned her PhD at the University of Colorado’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, where she was an IGERT fellow, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Iceland.  Dr. Axford was a nominee and finalist for the 2010 AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.

Sponsored by the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center and IGERT Dialogues in Polar Science & Society.


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