Peter DeMenocal

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Dr. deMenocal received his B.S. in 1982 from St. Lawrence University, his M.S. in 1986 from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, and his Ph.D. in 1991 from Columbia University. Dr. deMenocal is a paleoceanographer/marine geologist who uses geochemical analyses of marine sediments to reconstruct past changes in ocean circulation and terrestrial climate. His research group primarily uses stable isotopic and trace metal (Mg/Ca) analyses of foraminifera and terrigenous sediment geochemistry to investigate how and why climates have changed in the past. Current research projects include developing high-resolution records of Holocene changes in North Atlantic surface and deep ocean circulation and understanding the Holocene history of the northwest African monsoonal system.

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