Catherine Beck

beck catherine 72ppiAdvisor: Dr. Craig Feibel

Cat discovered geology as an undergraduate at Tufts University (B.S. 2008). Her interest in lakes began while working on a Senior Honors Thesis studying varves (which are annual beds of sediment that provide climatic information about a given year just like tree rings) from paleo-glacial Lake Hitchcock in the Connecticut River Valley, VT/NH. She began her graduate studies at Rutgers in 2009, earning a masters in 2011 studying ephemeral river systems of the Turkana Basin, Kenya. Currently a Ph. D. candidate, Cat has continued working in Turkana, shifting her focus to using modern and paleo sedimentary records to reconstruct paleoclimate and paleoenvironment within the Turkana Basin over the past ~4 Ma.

Stratigraphy/Sedimentology, Paleolimnology, Paleoclimate/Environment Reconstruction, Limnology, Ostracods

In the summer of 2013, Cat spent 9 weeks in the field in Kenya. Her main involvement is with the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP) which drilled over 200 m of core from the West Turkana Kaitio site in 2013. Cat is involved with the ongoing stratigraphic interpretation and is a part of the team at Rutgers doing the ostracod work on the cores. Cat is also involved with the Turkana Cyclostratigraphy Project and the West Turkana Archaeological Project (WTAP).

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Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Rutgers University, Busch Campus
610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8066

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Ridge J.C., Balco G., Bayless, R.L., Beck, C.C., Carter L.B., Dean, J.L., Voytek, E.B., Wei, J.H., 2012, The new North American varve chronology: A precise record of southeastern Laurentide ice sheet deglaciation and climate: 18.2-12.55 kyr BP: American Journal of Science, v. 312 no. 7, p.685-722.

Beck, C. C., Feibel, C. S., 2012, Changes in ostracod assemblages and their implications for interpretations of recent lake-level fluctuations in Ferguson's Gulf, Lake Turkana, Kenya: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 7, p. 316.

Beck, C.C., Feibel, C.S., Ashley G.A., 2011, Understanding contributions from ephemeral rivers to the North Basin, Lake Turkana, Kenya: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 462.