Isabel Patricia Montañez & Kate

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Google Scholar Citations


Slate Magazine (Nov. 26): Mining for Giant Fossil Snakes in Coal Mines

Modern Soil System Constraints on Paleoatmospheric CO2

Monitoring of California Caves


Lake Tahoe Yosemite/Lake Tahoe, CA

What's New In the Research Group

Pennsylvanian Sea Level History & Glaciation, Donets Basin

NRC Report: Understanding Earth's Deep Past

NRC Report: New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences

Stalagmite Insight Into Past California Climate

Climate of the Earliest Dinosaurs

Model-Proxy Comparisons of a Paleo-Icehouse World



Donets Basin, Ukraine


Our Research Focus

Research in the laboratory broadly focuses on development of quantitative paleoclimate proxies, and their application to intervals of time characterized by major and/or abrupt climate change including past periods of icehouse-to-greenhouse transitions through to the last deglaciation. Students are trained in a broad area of sedimentary geology and geochemistry, and commonly work in both terrestrial and marine systems at the nanometer to km-scale. Climate modeling via collaborations are a component of most projects in the group.

    Speleothem Paleoclimatology

  Moaning Cave, central Sierra Nevada foothills


California Climate of the Last Deglaciation and Pleistocene Glacial Cycles: Cave monitoring of Sierra Nevada cave systems, U-series dating and proxy records of Sierran stalagmites, and climate modeling of the Pacific Northwest


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    Deep-Time Paleoclimatology

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia


Late Paleozoic Ice Age: Integrated sequence stratigraphic, U-Pb dating, geochemical,and climate modeling studies of Permo-Carboniferous Basins


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Department & Related Research Facilities

Interdisciplinary Center for Plasma Mass Spectrometry- MCICPMS lab

The Sedimentary Geochemistry Lab

Life In & Around Davis

"Dog Days" at a northern California beach/Wed. night Farmers Market in Central Park, Davis