Nathan D. Stansell

Research Interests

My research interests apply a wide range of methods to better understand past climatic changes on a range of timescales. Some of the highlights include:

  • Stable isotope geochemistry and paleolimnology in western North America, Central America and South America
  • Proglacial lake sediment stratigraphy in the tropical Andes
  • Cosmogenic radionuclide dating in the tropical Andes
  • Glacier mass-balance modeling
  • High latitude climate and carbon dynamics

I currently maintain an Associate Researcher position in the Long-term Ecology Lab at University of Oxford.


Currently Funded Projects

US-Estonia research partnership in reconstructing past climate dynamics. National Science Foundation, IRES Program. OISE-1827135. Project start date June 1, 2019.

Collaborative Research: Estonia-US student training partnership. Erasmus+ worldwide and the Estonian National Agency. Project start date, July 1, 2018.

Collaborative Research: Quantitative Reconstructions of Holocene Precipitation Changes Across Central America National Science Foundation, P2C2 Program. Awarded in 2015. In collaboration with Byron Steinman of University of Minnesota-Duluth and Matthew Lachniet of UNLV. EAR-1502989

Late Holocene glacier fluctuations in the Sierra Velluda, Central-South Chile: filling the gap that becomes critical in projected hydroclimatic scenarios (co-PI). In collaboration with Universidad de Concepcion, Department of Geography. Awarded in December, 2017. National Geographic CP-119R-17

Developing novel geochemical methods to evaluate northern European climate dynamics. Starting in June, 2018. NIU Research and Artistry.


Selected Publications

Steinman, B.A., Nelson, D.B., Abbott, M.B., Stansell, N.D., Finkenbinder, M.S., Finney, B. (in revision). Lake sediment records of Holocene hydroclimate and impacts of the Mount Mazama eruption, north-central Washington, USA. Quaternary Science Reviews.

Kingslake, J., Scherer, R., Albrecht, T., Coenen, J., Powell, R., Reese, R., Stansell, N., Tulaczyk, S., Whitehouse, P. (2018). Extensive Holocene grounding line retreat and uplift-driven readvance in West Antarctica. Nature 558: 430-434

Finkenbinder, M.S., Abbott, M.B., Stoner, J.S., Ortiz, J.D., Finney, B.P., Dorfman, J.M., Stansell, N.D. (2018). Millennial-scale variability in Holocene climate from Burial Lake, Arctic Alaska. Quaternary Science Reviews 187: 220-234

Stansell, N.D., Klein, E.S., Fortney, C., Dodd, J., Finkenbinder, M.S., Terasmaa, J., Nelson, D.B. (2017). A stable isotope records of Holocene precipitation dynamics from Lake Nuudsaku, Estonia. Quaternary Science Reviews 175(C) 73-84.

Stansell, N.D., Licciardi, J.M., Rodbell, D.T., Mark, B.G. (2017). Late Glacial and Holocene glacier fluctuations in the Cordillera Blanca, Peruvian Andes. Geophysical Research Letters 44:9: 4176-4185. DOI:10.1002/2016GL072408

Mark, B.G., Stansell, N.D., Zeballos, G. (2017). The last deglaciation of Peru and Bolivia. Special Volume: Last Deglaciation of America. Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica (D. Palacios, editor).

Steinman, B.A., Pompeani, D., Abbott, M.B., Ortiz, J., Stansell, N.D., Mihindukalasooriya, L, Hillman, A., Finkenbinder, M. (2016). Model based paleoclimate interpretations of Holocene oxygen isotope records from the Pacific Northwest. Quaternary Science Reviews 142: 40-60. DOI:10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.04.012

Stansell, N.D., Rodbell, D.T., Licciardi, J.M., Sedlak, C.M., Schweinsberg, A.D., Huss, E.G., Finkel, R.C., Zimmerman, S.R. (2015). Late Glacial and Holocene glacier fluctuations at Nevado Huaguruncho in the Eastern Cordillera of the Peruvian Andes. Geology 43:8: 747-750. DOI:10.1130/G36735.1

Steinman, B.A., Abbott, M.B., Mann, M.E., Ortiz, J., Feng, S., Pompeani, D., Stansell, N.D., Anderson, L.A., Finney, B.P., Bird, B.W.. (2014). Ocean-atmosphere forcing of centennial hydroclimate variability in the Pacific Northwest. Geophysical Research Letters 41: 7: 2553-2560. DOI: 10.1002/2014GL059499

Stansell, N.D., Polissar, P.J., Abbott, M.B., Bezada, M., Steinman, B.A., Braun, C. (2014). Proglacial lake sediment records reveal Holocene climate changes in the Venezuelan Andes. Quaternary Science Reviews 89: 44-55.

Stansell, N.D., Rodbell, D.T., Abbott, M.B., Mark, B.G. (2013). Proglacial lake sediment records of Holocene climate change in the western Cordillera of Peru (Invited Review). Quaternary Science Reviews 13: 1-14.

Stansell, N.D., Steinman, B.A., Abbott, M.B., Rubinov, M., Roman-Lacayo, M. (2013). Lacustrine stable isotope record of climate change in Nicaragua during the Little Ice Age and Medieval Climate Anomaly. Geology 41: 151-154.

Stansell, N.D. (2013). Radiocarbon ages for the timing of debris avalanches at Mombacho Volcano, Nicaragua. Bulletin of Volcanology 75: 1: 1-4

Klein, E.S., Booth, R.K.,Yu, Z, Mark, B.G., Stansell, N.D. (2013). Surficial geology influences the response of peatland carbon accumulation to climate variability: a comparative study of two peatlands in a glaciated valley in Southcentral Alaska. Quaternary Science Reviews 64: 61-75.

Steinman, B.A., Abbott, M.B., Stansell, N.D., Nelson, D.B., Finney, B.P., Rosenmeier, M.F. (2013). Isotopic and hydrologic responses of small closed basin lakes to climate variability: Comparison of measured and modeled lake level and sediment core oxygen isotope records. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 105: 455-471

Steinman, B.A., Abbott, M.B., Mann, M.E., Stansell, N.D., Finney, B.P. (2012) 1500-year quantitative reconstruction of precipitation from the Pacific Northwest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1201083109.

Bird, B.W., Abbott, M.B., Vuille, M., Rodbell, D.T., Stansell, N.D., Rosenmeier, M.F. (2011). A 2,300-year-long annually resolved record of the South American summer monsoon from the Peruvian Andes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1003719108

Nelson, D.B., Abbott, M.B., Steinman, B.A., Polissar, P.J., Stansell, N.D., Ortiz, J. D., Rosenmeier, M.F., Finney, B., Riedel, J. (2011). A 6,000-yr Lake Record of Drought from the Pacific Northwest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1009194108.

Montoya, E., Rull, V., Stansell, N.D., Bird, B., Nogue, S., Vegas-Vilarrubia, T., Abbott, M., Diaz, W. (2011). Vegetation changes in the Neotropical Gran Sabana (Venezuela) around the Younger Dryas Chron. Journal of Quaternary Science 26: 207-218.

Montoya, E., Rull, V., Stansell, N.D., Abbott, M.B., Nogue, S., Bird, B.W., Diaz, W.A.. (2011). Forest-savanna-morichal dynamics in relation to fire and human occupation during the last millennia. Quaternary Research 76: 335-344.

Stansell, N.D., Abbott, M.B., Rull, V., Rodbell, D., Bezada, M., Montoya, E. (2010). Abrupt Younger Dryas Cooling in the Northern Tropics Recorded in Lake Sediments from the Venezuelan Andes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 293: 154-162

Rull, V., Stansell, N.D., Montoya, E., Bezada, M., Abbott, M.B. (2010). Palynological Signal of the Younger Dryas in the tropical Venezuelan Andes. Quaternary Science Reviews 29: 3045-3056

Stansell, N.D., Polissar, P.J., and Abbott, M.B. (2007a). Last Glacial Maximum Equilibrium-Line Altitude and Paleo-Temperature Reconstructions for the Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuelan Andes. Quaternary Research 67: 115-127.

Stansell, N.D., Abbott, M. B., Polissar, P. J., Wolfe, A. P., Bezada, M., Rull, V. (2007b). Reply: Late Quaternary Deglacial History of the Mérida Andes, Venezuela: response to comment. Journal of Quaternary Science, 22(8) 823-825. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1109.

Stansell, N.D., Abbott, M. B., Polissar, P. J., Wolfe, A. P., Bezada, M., Rull, V. (2005). Late Quaternary Deglacial History of the Mérida Andes, Venezuela. Journal of Quaternary Science, Special Issue: Paleoclimate records from the Americas, in Memory of Geoffrey Owen Seltzer. 40(7-8), 801-812

Stansell, N.D., Abbott, M. B., Polissar, P. J., Wolfe, A. P., Bezada, M., Rull, V. (2007b). Reply: Late Quaternary Deglacial History of the Mérida Andes, Venezuela: response to comment. Journal of Quaternary Science, 22(8) 823-825. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1109.

Stansell, N.D., Abbott, M. B., Polissar, P. J., Wolfe, A. P., Bezada, M., Rull, V. (2005). Late Quaternary Deglacial History of the Mérida Andes, Venezuela. Journal of Quaternary Science, Special Issue: Paleoclimate records from the Americas, in Memory of Geoffrey Owen Seltzer. 40(7-8), 801-812.


Teaching

  • Geological Field Techniques (Geol 478)
  • Stratigraphy (Geol 405/505)
  • Geomorphology (Geol 442/542)
  • Introductory Geology (Geol 120)
  • Paleolimnology (Geol 746B at NIU)
  • Paleoclimatology Seminar (Geol 746A at NIU)
  • Environmental Geology (Geol 105 at NIU)
  • Paleoclimatology, Paleogeography, Paleoecology (Geol 322)
  • Climate Change: Causes and Consequence
  • Climatology
  • Geology of the National Parks

Assistant Professor
Paleoclimatology, Glacial Geology, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Paleolimnology, Quaternary Stratigraphy, Radiometric Dating Methods

416B, Davis Hall
815-753-1943
nstansell@niu.edu

Paleoclimatology Lab

Stable Isotope Lab

Education

Postdoctoral Researcher, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, The Ohio State University

Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

M.S. University of Pittsburgh

B.S., Geology, University of Idaho

B.S., Anthropology, University of Idaho

Contact Us

Geology and Environmental Geosciences
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