Research in the Wolfe lab

In a general sense, our objective is to understand environmental dynamics on geological to societal timescales through the interrogation of natural archives. This is a fairly open-ended research agenda, but one that has potentially far-reaching consequences for understanding planetary futures.

At present, some themes that are being pursued include:
• Freshwater siliceous algae (diatoms and chrysophytes) as proxies for environmental change on Cenozoic, Quaternary, and recent timescales
• Applictions of fossil conifer resins (resinite and amber) in paleobotany and paleoclimatology: inclusions, geochemistry, and diagenesis
• Characterizing the Holocene-Anthropocene transition: non point-source anthropogenic impacts in remote ecosystems, recent climate change, and synergistic effects associated with global biogeochemical imbalances
• Glacial history and late Quaternary paleoenvironments of the Arctic
• Paleogene lake sediments: paleobiology, geochemistry, and geochronology
• Geoarchaeology and paleoclimatology of the Andes, especially pre-hispanic archaeometallurgy
• Paleoecological applications of visible and infrared spectroscopy

See publications for additional details
The lab has been funded primarily by NSERC-funded