Lorraine Lisiecki

Associate Professor

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Webb 2113


Paleoclimate and Paleoceanography



Ph.D., 2005, Geological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI

Thesis title: “Paleoclimate time series: New alignment and compositing techniques, a 5.3-Myr benthic d18O stack, and analysis of Pliocene-Pleistocene climate transitions”

         Advisor: Prof. Timothy Herbert

Sc.M., 2003, Geological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI

Sc.M., 2000, Geosystems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

S.B., 1999, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


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

Khider, D., S. Ahn, L. E. Lisiecki, C. E. Lawrence, M. Kienast (2017), The role of uncertainty in estimating lead/lag relationships in sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, Paleoceanography.

Ahn, S., D. Khider, L. E. Lisiecki, and C. E. Lawrence (2017), A probabilistic Pliocene-Pleistocene stack of benthic δ18O using a profile hidden Markov model, Dynamics and Statistics of the Climate System, 1–16, doi:10.1093/climsys/dzx002

Schmittner, A., H. C. Bostock, O. Cartapanis, W. B. Curry, H. L. Filipsson, E. D. Galbraith, J. Gottschalk, J. C. Herguera García, S. Jaccard, L. E. Lisiecki, D. Lund, G. Martínez-Méndez, J. Lynch-Stieglitz, A. Mackensen, E. Michel, A. C. Mix, D. Oppo, C. D. Peterson, H. J. Spero, and C. Waelbroeck (2017), Calibration of the carbon isotopic composition (δ13C) of epibenthic foraminifera, Paleoceanography, 32, doi:10.1002/2016PA003072.

Lisiecki, L. E., and Stern, J. V. (2016), Regional and global benthic d18O stacks for the last glacial cycle, Paleoceanography, 31, 1-27, doi:10.1002/2016PA003002.

Spratt, R. M., and L. E. Lisiecki (2016), A Late Pleistocene sea level stack, Climate of the Past, 12, 1079-1092, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1079-2016.

Gebbie, G., C. Peterson, L. Lisiecki, H. Spero (2015), Global-mean marine δ13C and its uncertainty in a glacial state estimate, Quaternary Science Reviews, 125, 144-159.

Shakun, J.D., D.W. Lea, L. E. Lisiecki, and M.E. Raymo (2015), An 800-kyr record of global surface ocean δ18O and implications for ice volume-temperature coupling, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 426, 58-68.

Stern, J. V., and L. E. Lisiecki (2014), Termination 1 timing in radiocarbon-dated regional benthic d18O stacks, Paleoceanography, 29, 1127-1142, doi:10.1002/2014PA002700.

Lin, L., D. Khider, L. E. Lisiecki, and C. E. Lawrence (2014), Probabilistic Sequence Alignment of Stratigraphic Records, Paleoceanography 29, 976-989, doi:10.1002/2014PA002713.

Peterson, C. D., L. E. Lisiecki, and J. V. Stern (2014), Deglacial whole-ocean δ13C change estimated from 480 benthic foraminiferal records, Paleoceanography, 29, 549–563, doi:10.1002/2013PA002552.

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, doi:10.1029/2006PA001401.

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, doi:10.1029/2004PA001071.

Lisiecki, L. E., and P. A. Lisiecki (2002), Application of dynamic programming to the correlation of paleoclimate records, Paleoceanography, 17, PA1049, doi:10.1029/2001PA000733.


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