Nina M. Whitney

Paleoclimatologist | Paleoceanographer | Isotope Geochemist

I am an early career researcher in paleclimatology and paleoceanography. I recently successfully defended my PhD in Geology and Environmental Science at Iowa State University. In August, I will start a position as a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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.


Contact Me

Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Iowa State University
253 Science Hall
2237 Osborn Drive
Ames, Iowa, 50011


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