Glacial Geology and Geochronology Research Group

Welcome to the Glacial Geology and Geochronology Research Group at the University of Maine!  Use the links below to learn more about our ongoing research.

Current Research

We are working on projects in western Maine/northern New Hampshire, Scotland, Greenland, Mongolia, New Zealand, South America, and Antarctica.

 

People

Learn about the researchers and students in our group.

 

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Past Projects

Read about past research projects, locations and people.

Data

See data from our past projects here.

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News

  • Congratulations to Meghan Spoth for receiving the 2024 Limnogeology Division Kerry Kelts Award from the GSA Limnogeology Division!
  • New paper out “Tracking the southern hemisphere westerlies during and since the last glacial maximum with multiproxy lake record s from the Falkland Island s (52 °S )” in Quaternary Science Reviews: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2023.108135
  • Congratulations to Scott Braddock for a successful PhD defense!
  • New paper out on the interactions between local glaciers and the adjacent grounded Ross Sea ice in the Royal Society Range, Antarctica:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2024.108591
  • April, 2024: Dr. Aaron Putnam, graduate students Tricia Hall, Katie Westbrook, and Zander Roman returned from months of fieldwork in the Southern Alps of New Zealand where they collected samples from boulders for cosmogenic surface exposure age dating.
  • April, 2024: Dr. Brenda Hall, graduate students Sera Thomas, Meghan Spoth and Maraina Miles just returned from a second season in Tierra del Fuego, Chile, along with colleagues from the University of Cincinnati and the Universidad de Magallanes and a science journalism student from Northwestern University. They collected sediment cores from bogs and samples from boulders for cosmogenic exposure age dating.
  • Congratulations to Peter Strand for a successful PhD defense!
  • Congratulations to PhD student Scott Braddock who received outstanding graduate student award and PhD student Peter Strand who received the outstanding graduate research award in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.
  • Brenda Hall, graduate students Meghan Spoth and Maraina Miles and undergraduate Eva Griffiths spent a month on a sailboat in the Beagle Channel, southern Chile, along with colleagues from the University of Cincinnati and the Universidad de Magallanes and a science journalism student from Northwestern University. They were collecting data to help answer questions about the cause of the last ice-age termination. Stay tuned for a larger report on the field season soon!
  • Former student Tess Walther, along with Brenda Hall, George Denton, and Chris Hendy (University of Waikato, NZ) just had a paper accepted in Quaternary Science Advances concerning Antarctic glacial history. This paper stems from Tess’s MS degree. Congratulations Tess!
  • Current student PhD Meghan Spoth, along with Brenda Hall and colleagues at the University of Cincinnati and the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute just had a paper accepted in Quaternary Science Reviews concerning shifts in the southern hemisphere westerlies since the last ice age. Nice job Meghan!
  • New paper out, led by collaborators at NUI Galway, including graduate student Adrienne Foreman and UM alum Gordon Bromley. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2022.110901
  • Former UM graduate student, Stephanie Heath, along with research group members Brenda Hall and George Denton and collaborators Gideon Henderson and Chris Hendy, just published a new paper on the Royal Society Range region of Antarctica in Quaternary Science Reviews. For a limited time, the paper is downloadable for free from:https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1eR6a-4PS2F3f
  • May 2021: Zander was featured in this article in the Bangor Daily News!
  • May 2021: New graduate student Zander Roman was interviewed for this article in the UMaine News!
  • May 2021: Lauren Carver and Zander Roman graduated this week and will continue their work at UMaine as graduate students!
  • April 2021: Undergraduate Lauren Carver and graduate Alexander Audet awarded best presentations at the Geological Society of Maine spring meeting