Broadening our Climate Perspectives at The Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology
About the Event:
For three weeks in July, we participated in the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology (USSP) intensive course that focused on past climate dynamics. Taught by top paleoclimate scientists, USSP aims for graduate students to understand geochemical proxy data and its use in reconstructing and modeling past climates. During the course, we gained an advanced understanding of climate proxies from various natural archives such as tree rings, corals and marine/lake sediments. We also learned how to use climate models as tools for interpreting complicated proxy records the driving mechanisms of processes and changes, and ultimately predicting future climate. Through lectures, fieldwork and field data analysis, we explored these tools and techniques, focusing on deep-time climate histories from the Cretaceous to the Holocene.
About the Speaker:
Riovie Ramos is a fourth year PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Nathalie Goodkin at the Earth Observatory of Singapore. Riovie received her B.S. in Geology and M.S. in Marine Science from the University of the Philippines. She uses corals to reconstruct Indo-Pacific climate variability over the past 100-300 years using d18O, Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca and D14C proxies.
Sujata Murty received her B.A. in biology and geology (highest honours) from Oberlin College in 2012. Her undergraduate dissertation focused on reconstructing centennial-scale climate variability from sea surface temperature gradients in Red Sea corals. Sujata received fellowships in 2010 and 2011 to conduct research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and in 2017 received a fellowship from the Committee on Space Research to conduct interdisciplinary research at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. She worked as a research assistant with the Goodkin lab at the Earth Observatory of Singapore from 2012 to 2013 before joining the Interdisciplinary Graduate School at Nanyang Technological University as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Nathalie Goodkin. During her PhD, she used geochemical records from Southeast Asian corals to reconstruct past changes in surface ocean circulation, precipitation and Indo-Pacific climate.