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Organic Biogeochemistry and Paleoclimatology Lab

Melissa Berke


Our research group studies a wide variety of topics that center on paleoclimatology and environmental change using molecular fossils found in soils and sediments.

Problems we are working on

Reconstruction of past climate and environmental variability

Molecular marker transport on the landscape

Calibrating proxies of the past using modern molecular markers


The Organic Biogeochemistry and Paleoclimatology Lab at Notre Dame has all of the necessary equipment for organic compound extraction, handling, and chromatography. Additionally, instrumentation for the analysis of samples resides at the Center for Science and Technology (http://www3.nd.edu/~cest/) and Mass Spec Facility (http://massspec.nd.edu/).


We are working on a variety of collaborative projects, currently focusing on research of the North American Monsoon system, terrestrial tropical paleoclimate, Indian Monsoon variability, and Arctic biomarker calibration and carbon movement.

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