Dr. William J. D’Andrea

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

Climate System Research Center Department of Geosciences

University of Massachusetts Amherst


Hello! I’m an NSF Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Fellow at the Climate System Research Center in the Department of Geosciences at UMass Amherst. My research is geared toward understanding global climate change, including current anthropogenic driven changes and past changes to the Earth System.  I investigate the natural modes and underlying forcing mechanisms of past climate variability, with the goal of developing a better understanding of how the Earth System responds to natural and human-induced perturbations.

I’m interested in the ways that environmental and climatic information become incorporated into the lipids of living organisms and preserved in the geological record, and I take advantage of these mechanisms to examine past environmental change. Lake sediments are comprehensive archives of changes that have taken place through time, and they allow valuable and quantitative reconstructions of past environmental parameters. I use organic compounds and the stable isotope ratios of hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen found in them, to reconstruct paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental parameters, and to investigate modern ecosystems and their biogeochemical cycling.


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