Climate Change

Want to learn more about doing climate research at Albion?    contact Dr. Wilch (twilch@albion.edu)

Kristen in Svalbard.

Profile: Kristen Mitchell ’09 studied glacier melting in Svalbard, an island north of the Arctic Circle, as part of an NSF-funded REU.  She completed a senior thesis under the supervision of Dr. Wilch.  Kristen is now a studying micropaleontology and climate change at the University of Nebraska.

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Will in White Mtns.

Will Ward ’11 conducted field work in the White Mountains of eastern California in summer 2010.   Will is completing a senior thesis on the dynamics of a cold air pool caused by a temperature inversion in Crooked Creek valley.   His work is supervised by Dr. Van de Ven and Dr. Wilch.   Will is applying to graduate schools and is interested in studying geochemistry.

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Catie with Sierras in background

Catie Castelli ’11 conducted ground surveys and air photo analysis to study recent changes in distribution of dwarf sagebrush (Artesmia arbuscula), bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva), and limber pine (P. flexilis) at their uppermost limits in the White Mountains, eastern California.   Catie’s objective is to assess the impact of climate change on plant distributions.

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Lisa in Whites

Lisa Colville ’08 did a senior thesis on GIS analysis of plant distributions in the White Mountains, CA.  Lisa also participated in a research cruise on an icebreak to Antarctica during her senior year at Albion.  Lisa studied glaciers and climate change in Greenland for her MS, which she completed in 2010at the University of Wisconsin.

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