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Sarah Dendy

Sarah Dendy
Previous degree(s): 
BA, Marine Science, University of California, Berkeley
PhD start year: 
Award Year: 
Research Advisor(s): 
Jessica Conroy
Description of Research: 

The geologic record holds information that is used to explore climate relationships in the geologic past and to understand present and future projections. Climate models rely on accurate and abundant proxy data in order to constrain physical relationships, refine output and check the accuracy of a model. I'm developing a dataset of climate proxies throughout the Midwest. A wind-blown dust (loess) has served to preserve terrestrial snails which capture carbon and oxygen isotopes into their aragonite shell. By combining geologic indicators with the spatially and temporally abundant snail record, I aim to create a map of changes in climate patterns.