Lorraine Lisiecki

Associate Professor

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Webb 2113


Paleoclimate and Paleoceanography



My research focuses on computational approaches to the interpretation of paleoclimate records. The integrated analysis of widely distributed paleoclimate records will yield important information about the climate system that cannot be obtained by studying these records individually. I am particularly interested in the evolution of Plio-Pleistocene climate as it relates to Milankovitch forcing, 100-kyr glacial cycles, and deep-ocean circulation. I also develop and distribute software related to age model development and stratigraphy. The analytical techniques I use most frequently are stratigraphic correlation, simple physical models of simple, dynamic programming, and mathematical tools such as time series analysis, principal component analysis, and computational probability and statistics.

Curriculum Vitae


Google Scholar Publications List

Lisiecki, L. E. (2014), Atlantic overturning responses to obliquity and precession over the last 3 Myr, Paleoceanograph 29, doi: 10.1002/2013PA002505.

Stern, J. V., and L. E. Lisiecki (2013), North Atlantic circulation and reservoir age changes over the past 41,000 years, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50679.

Imbrie, J. Z., A. Imbrie-Moore, and L. E. Lisiecki (2011), A phase-space model for Pleistocene
ice volume, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 307, 94-102.

Lisiecki, L. E. (2010), A benthic d13C-based proxy for atmospheric pCO2 over the last 1.5
Myr, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L21708, doi:10.1029/2010GL045109.

Lisiecki, L. E. (2010), A simple mixing explanation for late Pleistocene changes in the Pacific-
South Atlantic benthic d13C gradient, Clim. Past, 6, 305-314.

Lisiecki, L. E. (2010), Links between eccentricity forcing and the 100,000-year glacial cycle,
Nature Geoscience, 3, 349-352.

Lisiecki, L. E., and M. E. Raymo (2009) Diachronous benthic d18O responses during Late
Pleistocene terminations, Paleoceanography 24, PA3210, doi:10.1029/2009PA001732.

Lisiecki, L. E., M. E. Raymo, and W. B. Curry (2008), Atlantic overturning responses to Late
Pleistocene climate forcings, Nature 456, 85-88.

Lisiecki, L. E., and T. D. Herbert (2007), Automated composite depth scale construction and
estimates of sediment core extension, Paleoceanography, 22, PA4213,

Kawamura, K., F. Parrenin, L. Lisiecki, and 15 others (2007), Northern Hemisphere forcing of
climatic cycles in Antarctica over the past 360,000 years, Nature, 448, 912-917.

Lisiecki, L. E., and M. E. Raymo (2007), Plio-Pleistocene climate evolution: Trends and
transitions in glacial cycle dynamics, Quaternary Science Reviews, 26, 56-69.

Raymo, M. E., L. E. Lisiecki, and K. H. Nisancioglu (2006), Plio-Pleistocene ice volume,
Antarctic climate, and the global d18O record, Science, 313, doi: 10.1126/science.1123296.

Lisiecki, L. E., and M. E. Raymo (2005), A Pliocene-Pleistocene stack of 57 globally
distributed benthic d18O records, Paleoceanography, 20, PA1003,

Coles D., Y. Vichabian, R. Fleming, C. DesAutels, V.  Briggs, P. Vermeesch, J. R. Arrell, L.
Lisiecki, T. Kessler, H. Hooper, E. Jensen, J. Sogade, F. D. Morgan (2004), Spatial decision
analysis of geothermal resource sites in the Qualibou Caldera, Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles,
Geothermics, 33(3), 277-308.

Lisiecki, L. E., and P. A. Lisiecki (2002), Application of dynamic programming to the
correlation of paleoclimate records, Paleoceanography, 17, PA1049,


Fall 2013: Earth 105/205, Earth's Climate: Past and Present

Winter 2014: sabbatical

Spring 2014: Earth 201C, Mathematical Methods in Earth Science

                       Earth 270, Writer's Club

Fall 2014: Earth 4, Introduction to Oceanography