Meredith A. Kelly

Associate Professor of Earth Science
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Earth Sciences
Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Earth Sciences

My research interests and objectives center upon advancing the knowledge of the terrestrial record of past climate change on timescales that range from centuries to millions of years. This research will benefit our understanding of the modern climate and the mechanisms which cause climate change. I have undertaken research in various geographic locations in order to develop well-dated records of the past extents of glaciers and ice sheets. Although my research generally involves glacial geologic studies, I have broader interests in Quaternary studies and geomorphology.

Steele 219
HB 6105
Earth Sciences
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
B.S., Tufts University (1995)
M.S., University of Maine (1999)
Ph.D., University of Berne, Switzerland (2003)

Selected Publications

Doughty AM, Kelly MA, Russell JM, Jackson MS, Anderson BM, Chipman JW, Nakileza B, Dee SG, 2020. Modeling glacier extents and equilibrium line altitudes in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda, over the last 31,000 yr, in Waitt RB, Thackray GD, Gillespie AR, eds., Untangling the Quaternary Period: A Legacy of Stephen C. Porter: Geological Society of America Special Paper 548, p. 171–188.

Jackson MS, Kelly MA, Russell JM, Doughty AM, Howley JA, Chipman JW, Cavagnaro DA, Baber MB, Zimmerman SRH, Nakileza B, 2020. Glacial fluctuations in tropical Africa during the last glacial termination and implications for tropical climate following the Last Glacial Maximum: Quaternary Science Reviews 243, 106455.

Levy LB, Larsen NK, Knudsen MF, Egholm DL, Bjørk AA, Kjeldsen KK, Kelly MA, Howley JA, Olsen J, Tikhomirov D, Zimmerman SRH, Kjær KH, 2020. Two-step deglaciation of South and Southeast Greenland driven by air and ocean warming: Quaternary Science Reviews 242, 106454.

Vickers AC, Shakun JD, Goehring BM, Gorin A, Kelly MA, Jackson MS, Doughty AD, Russell JM, 2020. Similar Holocene glaciation histories in tropical South America and Africa: Geology 49, 140-144.

Axford Y, Lasher GE, Kelly MA, Osterberg EC, Landis J, Schellinger GC, Pfeiffer A, Thompson E, Francis DR, 2019. Holocene temperature history of northwest Greenland – with new ice cap constraints and chironomid assemblages from Deltasø: Quaternary Science Reviews 215: 160-172.

Jackson MS, Kelly MA, Russell JM, Doughty AM, Howley JA, Chipman JW, Cavagnaro D, Nakileza B, Zimmerman SH, 2019. High-latitude warming initiated the onset of the last deglaciation in the tropics: Science Advances 5, eaaw2610. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2610

Benito X, Fritz S, Steinitz-Kannan M, Tapia PM, Kelly MA, Lowell TV, 2018. Geo-climatic factors drive diatom community distribution in tropical South American freshwaters: Journal of Ecology 106, 1660-1672.

Farnsworth LB, Kelly MA, Bromley GRM, Axford Y, Osterberg EC, Howley JA, Jackson MS, Zimmerman SR, 2018. Holocene history of the Greenland Ice Sheet margin in northern Nunatarssuaq, Northwest Greenland: Arktos 4, article #10, doi:10.1007/s41063-018-0044-0.

Levy LB, Kelly MA, Howley JA, Virginia RA, 2018. Middle to late Holocene chronology of the southwestern margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet: a comparison with Holocene temperature and precipitation records: Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 50 e1414477.

McFarlin JM, Axford Y, Osburn MR, Kelly MA, Osterberg EC, Farnsworth LB, 2018. Pronounced summer warming in Northwest Greenland during the Holocene and Last Interglacial: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115, 6357-6362.

Sagredo EA, Kaplan MR, Paola SA, Lowell TV, Aravena JC, Moreno PI, Kelly MA, Schaefer JM, 2018. Trans-Pacific glacial response to the Antarctic Cold Reversal in the southern mid-latitudes: Quaternary Science Reviews 188, 160-166.

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