Nina M. Whitney
Paleoclimatologist | Paleoceanographer | Isotope Geochemist
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, working with Dr. Caroline Ummenhofer in the Department of Physical Oceanography and Dr. Konrad Hughen in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry. I am funded through the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship.
My research interests lie in reconstructing late Holocene ocean conditions on a high-resolution time scale using marine climate proxies. By investigating oceanic natural variability as well as the role that the oceans have played in our climate system, we can put recent climatic changes into context and better predict future climate scenarios. Most of my current research focuses on using isotopes in Arctica islandica shells to reconstruct centuries long changes in ocean conditions. A. islandica are the longest-living, non-colonial animal known and precipitate their shells in annual increments. As such, they provide hundreds of years worth of annually-resolved climate data through both the width of their annual increments as well as the chemistry of their shells.