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Global Change/Surficial Processes/Quaternary Science

This program includes faculty rostered in the departments of Geological Sciences, Geography, and Anthropology, as well as in the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). The primary laboratories are housed in the Benson Earth Sciences Building on the Main Campus and in INSTAAR on the East Campus. The Mountain Research Station, maintained by INSTAAR, 25 miles west of Boulder, provides access to the upper montane, sub-alpine, and alpine environments of the Colorado Front Range. A significant portion of the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey is located on the East campus.

Research Programs

The main interest in these programs is to understand the processes responsible for Quaternary climate and environmental change, and the linkages between the components of the various systems that control the Earth's surface environment and their implications for the future.

Research Facilities

Laboratory-based research is concentrated in the primary analytical facilities at INSTAAR. Quaternary geochronology, including racemization dating, high-precision strontium dating, acceleration radiocarbon dating, and light stable-isotope research, all take place at the Center for Geochronological Research of INSTAAR. Soil-forming processes and sediment transport mechanisms are addressed in the soils, X-ray, and sedimentology laboratories in the Department building. Micropaleontology, palynology, and entymology are the focus of facilities in the Department, Museum, and INSTAAR.

Department Faculty


Surficial Processes/Quaternary

Robert S. Anderson
Geomorphology, mechanics and timing of landscape evolution
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(303) 735-8169
Tom Marchitto
Paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, carbonate geochemistry, rapid climate change
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(303) 492-6388
Giff Miller
Director, Center for Geochronological Research at INSTAAR. Quaternary stratigraphy and geochronology; glacial geology and climate change; amino acid racemization (Svalbard, Arctic Canada, Australia)
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(303) 492-8437
James Syvitski
Executive Director of CSDMS; Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System. Sediment transport, oceanography, marine geophysics, numerical modeling (climate-ice-water-sediment interactions)
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(303) 735-5482
James White
Light stable-isotope geochemistry; climate dynamics; paleoclimate from ice cores; carbon-cycle dynamics; isotopic fractionation in plants; mixing histories and formation of ground waters
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(303) 492-5494


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Geological Sciences
University of Colorado Boulder
UCB 399
Boulder, CO 80309-0399