The focus of our group’s research is the development and understanding of past records of environmental change, centred regionally in northwestern Canada and Alaska. In short, developing a robust framework for the evolution, controls and impacts of Arctic climate at timescales from the last few decades to the last few million years. We are particularly interested in permafrost and how it has responded in the past, and is responding today, to climate change.
Students and researchers who work in the lab study diverse problems using an equally diverse set of approaches- in short- we are far more topically-driven than strictly methodological. In keeping with this, much of our research is strongly interdisciplinary with ongoing collaborations with several groups working in evolutionary biology and ancient DNA, microbiology, geochronology, geophysics, geochemistry, soil science and paleoecology. Much of northern research, and in particular understanding past environmental changes, requires diverse points of view and these collaborations, including work with indigenous groups in northern Canada, provide our group with additional expertise to tackle these problems.