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Don Rodbell (’83), Chair and Professor of Geology at Union College.

Don will lead a group of scientists from the International Continental Drilling Program in a study of the climatic record preserved in sediment from Lake Junin in Peru.  Don’s main focus is using lake sediments to determine the advance and retreat of alpine glaciers and regional water balance in the recent past.  Don hosted Dr. Alexander Stewart and Emma Coronado (’12) during a previous Keck Project in Peru. Don’s daughter Erika (’16) will is pursuing research this summer with Dr. Stewart and Dr. Barthlemes of the biology department.  Don alspo published a recent article with colleagues in GSA Today entitled “The heavy metal contamination of Lake Junín National Reserve, Peru: An unintended consequence of the juxtaposition of hydroelectricity and mining”.

Drilling down: Union professor to study Peruvian lake for clues to climate change