Dr. Beth E Caissie

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Assistant Professor
Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Beth Caissie

I am a marine sedimentologist who uses diatoms to understand the history of sea ice in the Bering Sea. I am focused on developing a diatom-based sea ice proxy that uses not only statistical relationships between sediment diatom assemblages, morphology, and modern sea ice extent, but also takes into account known ecological preferences of certain diatoms. This work can be used to put current Arctic climate change into the context of the geologic record and help society to better prepare for future sea ice decline in the Arctic. Research projects include sea ice proxies, sea ice response to climate warming, and how ecological change is recorded in high latitude marine sediments.

Area of Expertise: 
Paleoceanography
Sedimentology
Contact
515-294-7528
153 Science I, 2237 Osborne Dr
Ames
Iowa
50011-1027