Dr. Kathleen Johnson

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Dr. Kathleen Johnson

University of California, Irvine, USA

Kathleen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science at University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include geochemistry, climate change, monsoons, and tropical climates. Kathleen began speleothem research in the deep caves around Luang Prabang during the 2010 field season. Speleothems are the technical name for stalagmites, stalactites, and other similar calcite formations in caves. Kathleen’s research focuses on using chemical variations preserved in speleothems to reconstruct climatic conditions over the past several thousand years in this part of Southeast Asia, an important contribution to the MMAP study of ancient human ecology in the region.

It is expected that the first preliminary paleoclimate records from Laos speleothems will be completed by late 2010, and the results will be presented to an international audience of geoscientists at the Fall 2010 American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, CA. In addition, Dr. Johnson is submitting a proposal to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Change Data and Detection program September 10, 2010 deadline to complete the paleoclimate aspects of this research project. MMAP season: 2010, 2013