Quaternary Geology and Climate Science
School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
Darrell Kaufman is a paleo-climate scientist and Regents' Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. He has been studying geological evidence of past climate changes at sites across Alaska and elsewhere in the western U.S. for the last 30 years. His current research focuses on natural climate variability extending back thousands of years as interpreted from the physical and biological properties of lake sediment. Kaufman has led large international projects, which have resulted in major syntheses that focus on climate variability in the Arctic and other parts of the globe, and he has served as guest editor for two special issues of the Journal of Paleolimnology (2009 and 2012), both dedicated to past climate and environmental changes interpreted from Arctic lake sediment. He has published more than 120 journal articles, including many on the glacial and climate history of Alaska. Kaufman also directs the amino acid geochronology laboratory, which is supported as a shared facility through the National Science Foundation, and he is involved in many studies aimed at understanding the timing, rates, and extent of past climate changes.