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California State University, Long Beach
Geological Sciences

Lora Stevens

Lora R. Stevens (Landon)

Associate Professor, Paleoclimatology/Paleolimnology and Graduate Advisor

Office: HSCI-306
Phone: 562 985-4817
Fax: 562 985-8638

1250 Bellflower Blvd
CSU-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA 90840-3902

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1997
B.A., Pomona College, 1989

Research Interests:
My research involves the reconstruction of past climatic change using geochemical signatures archived in lake sediments. I focus on the oxygen-isotopic composition of endogenic carbonates as a proxy for hydrologic variability, although I utilize a suite of proxies that include biogenic silica concentrations, grain-size variations, C/N ratios, and mineralogy. I study the evolution and variability of a variety of climatic phenomena including the PDO (as it affects western North America), the Southeast Asian monsoon, seasonal changes in atmospheric precipitation in the Mediterranean region, and drought. I specialize in high-frequency (sub-decadal) records derived from annually laminated sediments.

Current Research Projects: Montana, Iran, Vietnam, Egypt (Birket Qarun)

General Geology (GEOL 102), Introduction to Oceanography (GEOL 106), Earth Systems & Global Change (GEOL 300i), Environmental Science & Policy Capstone Project (ESP 400), Climate & Human History (TBA), Biogeochemical Cycles (TBA).

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