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Alan D. Wanamaker Jr.

Assistant Professor



Office: 12 Science I

Phone: 515-294-5142
515-294-6090 (Stable Isotope Laboratory)



Department: Geological and Atmospheric Sciences

Research Interests: climate change, paleoclimate, stable isotope geochemistry

Brief description of current research:

Dr. Wanamaker’s research is largely devoted to documenting and understanding past climates, especially in the North Atlantic Ocean during the last millennium. Dr. Wanamaker primarily utilizes light stable isotopes in biogenic carbonates for his research. Additionally, he is interested in developing new geochemical tools and proxy records to study past environments and climate change. Dr. Wanamaker also leads the Stable Isotope Paleo Environments Research Group (SIPERG) in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences.

Recent publications:

Schöne, B.R., A.D. Wanamaker, Jr., J. Fiebig, J. Thébault, and K.J. Kreutz, 2010: Annually resolved δ13Cshell chronologies of long-lived bivalve mollusks (Arctica islandica) reveal oceanic carbon dynamics in the temperate North Atlantic during recent centuries. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.02.002.

Wanamaker, A.D., Jr., K.J. Kreutz, B.R. Schöne, N.R. Pettigrew, H.W. Borns Jr., D.S. Introne, D. Belknap, K.A. Maasch, and S. Feindel, 2008: Coupled North Atlantic slope water forcing on Gulf of Maine temperatures over the past millennium, Climate Dynamics, 31, doi:10.1007/s00382-0070344-8.