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Postdoctoral Fellow

Elena SteponaitisElena Steponaitis
Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016
B.A., Barnard College, 2010

Research Interests

Geochronology, Isotope Geochemistry, and Paleoclimate

Conference Abstracts/Oral Presentations

Steponaitis, E. (2015) Speleothem and lacustrine carbonate records of hydrologic change in the Bonneville Basin, UT. Gary C. Comer Abrupt Climate Change Conference, Soldiers Grove, WI.

Steponaitis, E., McGee, D., Quade, J. (2014) Improved Stratigraphic Interpretation of Dense Lacustrine Carbonates from Lake Bonneville, UT. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Steponaitis, E., McGee, D., Quade, J., Andrews, A., Edwards, R.L., Hsieh, Y., Broecker, W.S., Cheng, H., N.S. (2013) High-resolution records of Bonneville Basin paleohydrology offer new insights into changing atmospheric circulation patterns over North America from 26 ka through the Holocene. Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Poster Presentations

Steponaitis, E., McGee, D., Quade, J., Edwards, R.L., Broecker, W.S., Cheng, H., Reiners, P.W., Evenson, N.S. (2012) Constraining water balance in the Bonneville Basin during the last glacial period and deglaciation using 87Sr/86Sr and δ18O of lacustrine carbonates. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Steponaitis, E. and Keigwin, L. (2009) Decadal to Millenial Scale Climate Variability in the Gulf of Maine. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Steponaitis, E., Gehrels, G.E., Hemming, S.R., Goldstein, S.L., Van de Fleirdt, T., and Brachfeld, S.A. (2008) Hornblende Ar-Ar and zircon U-Pb evidence for provenance of eastern Weddell Sea glaciogenic sediments, Antarctica. Goldschmidt Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Publications

Steponaitis, E., Andrews, A., McGee, D., Quade, J., Hsieh, Y.-T., Broecker, W.S., Shuman, B.S., Cheng, H. (2015) Mid-Holocene drying of the U.S. Great Basin recorded in Nevada speleothems. Quaternary Science Reviews. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.04.011

Zimmerman, S.R.H., Steponaitis, E., Hemming, S.R., Zermeno, P. (2012) Potential for accurate and precise radiocarbon ages in deglacial-age lacustrine carbonates. Quaternary Geochronology, v. 13, p. 81-91, doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2012.07.003

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