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Researcher Natalie Kehrwald joins the GECSC

Natalie Kehrwald

Research Geologist Natalie Kehrwald comes to us from the University of Venice and the Italian National Research Council where she worked as a research scientist for six years investigating past fire activity recorded in ice and lake cores. She is the current Deputy President of the European Geosciences Union Climate Division. Natalie originally joined the Italian National Research Council as a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2009. She worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colorado College in 2009, and taught in the same classroom where she took her first undergraduate course in geology at Colorado College. Natalie completed her PhD in high altitude glaciers and freshwater resources at The Ohio State University in 2009 and earned an MS from the University of Massachusetts from her investigation into using land snail shells as paleoclimate indicators. She served in the United States Peace Corps in rural Bolivia from 1999-2001 where she constructed a community radio station out of pieces of scrap metal. Natalie says that she has been lucky to conduct field work in many places, including the Himalaya (Bhutan and Tibet), the Andes (Peru and Bolivia) the poles (Greenland and West Antarctica) and warmer locations including the Colorado Front Range, Costa Rica and Italy.

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Our world is being transformed due to climate variability, population growth, intensive land use, and the increasing demands on water, ecological, agricultural, energy, and mineral resources. To address these issues, the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center (GECSC) conducts research on (1) climatic, environmental, and landscape changes, (2) the geologic framework of natural resources and hazards, (3) ecological disturbance patterns resulting from natural and anthropogenic changes, and (4) the interactions among geologic, biologic, hydrologic, and human systems. This work supports policy and management decisions, the search for new sources of key materials, and the assessment of the combined environmental impacts of climate variability and human activities.

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