Geology & Planetary Science
Dr. Mark Abbott received his Biology BS and Geology MS- Department of Geological Sciences the Institute of Artic and Alpine Research from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He later received his PhD in Geology at the University of Minnesota Department of Geology and Geophysics the Limnological Research Center. He serve a Postdoc at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst- Department of Geosciences and the Climate System Research Center. He then came to Pitt in September of 2011. He has done most of his research at interdisciplinary centers, working in collaboration with geologists, biologists, archeologists and chemists. He is a stratigrapher who uses lake sediments to investigate geochemical, biogeochemical and stable isotopic signatures of climate change and human history. Much of his work is focused on drought and glacial history in the Americas with the greater goal of documenting the long-term spatial and temporal patterns of climate change.