Post-doc receives National Geographic grant

Post-doctoral research Tamara Fletcher recently received a National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration grant to fund her research in the Arctic. This summer on Ellesmere Island she excavated Pliocene wood for palaeoclimate reconstructions. 

Fletcher is interested in the climate and palaeoenvironment of the Canadian High Arctic during the Early to mid-Pliocene Warm Period, approx. four million years ago. She is particularly motivated by the puzzle of polar amplification of arctic temperatures during past warm periods and their relevance for future climate change. The Arctic is a critical part of the climate system, yet the combination of feedbacks driving temperatures at the poles is not known. She uses biological proxies of climate and environments to investigate these questions.

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