Project Overview

Antarctic Paleoclimate

Faculty Sponsor

Amy Leventer (


Earth and Environmental Geosciences


Summer projects focus on reconstructing the history of changing climate in Antarctica, with an emphasis on past episodes of rapid ice melt and minimal ice in Antarctica. Our goal is to provide a longer-term perspective on one of one of biggest threats facing the world today, sea level rise. Most of the world’s “sea level equivalent” is stored in Antarctic glacial ice, which today is melting and contributing to rising seas. We address two important questions related to sea level rise - “how much?” and “how fast?”
Lab work includes preparation of marine sediment samples for analysis, and subsequent observation, under both light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Each student will complete their own project as well as contribute to group lab work. Previous experience with light microscopy not required but a bonus! 
You will develop: basic wet-lab skills, expertise with taxonomy, photography, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.

Student Qualifications

Previous experience with light microscopy not required but a bonus!

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

6-8 weeks

Applications open on 10/03/2023 and close on 02/28/2024

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