Erich Osterberg

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Earth Sciences

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My overarching research objective is to understand how and why climate has changed and identify trends and sources of air pollution. My specialty is creating long (50-50,000 years) records of climate change and air pollution by analyzing chemical markers preserved in glacier ice cores. I also study data from weather stations and climate models to determine recent climate trends to differentiate natural cycles from human-caused changes. I am particularly interested in aspects of climate change that impact communities, including sea-level rise from melting glaciers, and the changing number and intensity of storms.


205 Fairchild; Phone: (603) 646-1096
HB 6105


  • B.A. Middlebury College
  • M.S. University of Otago
  • Ph.D. University of Maine

Selected Publications

  • Axford, Y., de Vernal, A., Osterberg, E.C., 2021. Past warmth and its impacts in Greenland during the Holocene Thermal Maximum. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 49. doi: 10.1146/annurev-earth-081420-063858.

  • *Meehan, T., Marshall, H.P., Bradford, J., Hawley, R., Overly, R., *Lewis, G., *Graeter, K., Osterberg, E.C., McCarthy, F., 2020. Reconstruction of historical surface mass balance, 1984-2017 from GreenTrACS multi-offset ground-penetrating radar. Journal of Glaciology 67 (262), 219-228. doi: 10.1017/jog.2020.91.

  • Winter, J., *Partridge, T., Wallace, D., Dekker, E., Chipman, J., Ayres, M., Osterberg, E.C., 2020. Modeling the sensitivity of blacklegged ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) to temperature and land cover in the Northeastern United States. Journal of Medical Entomology 58 (1), 416-427. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjaa179.

  • **Webb, M., Winter, J., Spera, S., Chipman, J., Osterberg, E.C.,  2020. Water, Agriculture, and Climate Dynamics in Central Chile’s Aconcagua River Basin. Physical Geography. doi: 10.1080/02723646.2020.1790719.

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