Winter Updates from Center for Climate and Life Fellows
February 26, 2020
Our Fellows receive funding to investigate the critical issue of how climate change impacts humanity. Learn about some of their recent research and see their work in the news.
The Center for Climate and Life Fellows are a group of leading Columbia University scientists who investigate the critical issue of how climate change impacts humanity. Read on to find out about some of their recent research progress and work in the news.
Fellow Kevin Uno and Rachel Lupien, a Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory postdoc funded by the Center for Climate and Life, are spending time at the Mpala Research Centre and the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya over the next three weeks. They’re teaching a field course in terrestrial paleoecology to Columbia and Yale University undergraduates at the Mpala Research Centre. Their work in Kenya will inform their Climate and Life-funded studies of the effects of past climate shifts on human culture and migration during the African Humid Period.
Research by a team of Lamont-Doherty climate and drought experts, including Climate and Life Fellows Ed Cook and Park Williams, was featured in Science. The scientists analyzed tree-ring records and discovered that the Americas are prone to catastrophic, simultaneous droughts. The finding suggests that such “megadroughts” could occur again in the future.