D a r r e l l  S.  K a u f m a n


PhD, Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1991

MS, Geological Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, 1987

BS, Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1982

BA, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1982


Assistant Professor to Regents' Professor, School of Earth Sciences & Enviornmental Sustainability; Formerly: Department of Geology, and Center for Environmental Science & Education, Northern Arizona University, 1998-present

Associate Chair, Department of Geology, 2007-2009

Assistant to Associate Professor, Department of Geology, Utah State University, 1993-98

NATO-NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geology, Univ of Bergen, Norway, 1992

Research Associate, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Univ of Colorado, 1991

Geologist, US Geological Survey, Branch of Alaskan Geology, Alaska, 1982-85

Research Interests

Quaternary climate change; effect of climate change on the physical and biological properties of lake sediment; glacier, sea-level, and lake-level variations; paleoclimate of Great Basin and Alaska; amino acid racemization geochronology; tephrochronology

Professional Service

Panel Member, proposal reviews, NSF Arctic Science Coordination, 2013

Guest Editor, “Holocene Paleoenvironmental Records from Arctic Lake Sediment”, Journal of Paleolimnology Special Issue v48(1), 2012
      Panel Member, proposal reviews, NSF Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change, 2011
      Council Member, American Quaternary Association, 2010-14

Project Leader, "Nonlinearities in therctic climate system during the Holocene"

Project Leader, “A synthesis of 2000 years of climatic variability from Arctic lakes

Co-editor, Quaternary Geochronology

Co-chair, NSF Paleoenvironmental Arctic Sciences (PARCS), 2002-05

Council Member, Geological Society of America, Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology, 2001-03

Panel Member, proposal reviews, NSF Earth System History Program, 1999-01

Advisory Committee Member, NSF Arctic System Science Program, 1997-98

Editor, Quaternary Times newsletter and website manager, American Quaternary Association, 1993-00

Grants: Principal Investigator

Tapping outstanding new lake records of annual- to millennial-scale Holocene climate variability in the north Pacific region, 2016-19; NSF Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change

Synthesis of Holocene proxy climate records from western North America, 2016-19; NSF Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change

Developing a system model of Arctic glacial-lacustrine sedimentation for investigating past and future climate change, 2015-18, NSF Arctic System Science

Facilities Support: Amino Acid Geochronology Laboratory, 2004-2016, NSF Instrumentation & Facilities

Resolving centennial-to-millennial-scale trends in glacier extent and lake sedimentation in the Brooks Range, Arctic Alaska, 2011-2015, NSF Arctic Natural Sciences

A postdoctoral scientist to synthesize proxy records of Arctic Holocene climate, 2011-2013, NSF Arctic System Science

Long-term sedimentation rate in Black Lake, Alaska, 2010-2012; US Army Engineer, Alaska

Climate Change Science and Solutions: Creating innovative education tools for Native American and other rural communities on the Colorado Plateau, 2010-2012 NSF (J Marks lead PI)

A Professional Science Master's in Climate Science and Solutions for Northern Arizona University, 2009-2013, NSF Division of Graduate Education, G Koch lead PI

Nonlinearities in the Arctic climate system during the Holocene, 2010-2013, NSF Arctic System Science

Coupled glacial and lacustrine evidence for decadal- to millennial-scale variability in the climatologic Aleutian low, southern Alaska. 2008-2012, NSF Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change

Geochronological and paleoenvironmental analyses in support of Quaternary research in the western United States by the US Geological Survey, 2004-11, CESU Cooperative Agreement.

Accessing climate- and lake-monitoring equipment, southern Alaska. 2008-09, NSF Small Grants for Exploratory Research, 2008-09: NSF Paleo-Perspectives on Climate Change

Facilities Support: Amino Acid Geochronology Laboratory, 2006-2009, NSF Instrumentation & Facilities

Acquisition of off-axis integrated-cavity output spectroscopy instruments for ecological research and training at Northern Arizona University, 2007-10, NSF Major Research Instrumentation, Biological Infrastructure, G Koch lead PI; 2007-10

Collaborative Research: Holocene shell accumulation from southeast Brazilian Bight: multi-centennial dynamics of oceanographic, environmental, and ecological changes, 2006-09; NSF Earth System History

Collaborative Research: A synthesis of the last 2000 years of climatic variability from Arctic lakes, 2005-2008, NSF Arctic System Science

Facilities Support: Amino Acid Geochronology Laboratory, 2004-06, NSF Instrumentation & Facilities

Racemization of aspartic and glutamic acids in single tests of Quaternary foraminifera, 2004-06, Petroleum Research Fund

Plio-Pleistocene aminostratigrapy, south and west coasts, Australia, 2004-05, Petroleum Research Fund

Collaborative Research: Holocene climatic variability in southern Alaska: Quantitative estimates of temperature and precipitation, warm intervals, and possible cyclicity, 2003-07, NSF Earth System History

Paleoenvironmental Arctic Sciences (PARCS) steering committee activities, 2002-05, NSF Arctic System Sciences

Re-evaluation of lava-dammed lake deposits in the Grand Canyon, 2000, NAU Organized Research Grant

Collaborative Research: Paleoglaciology of Alaska—Climate parameters during the last glacial maximum from GIS determination of equilibrium line altitudes, 1999-2001, NSF Arctic Natural Sciences

Climatic variations during the last glaciation in southwestern Alaska, 1998-2000, NSF Earth System History

Investigations into the variability of diagenetic racemization in fossil gastropods, 1998-2000, Petroleum Research Fund

Late Quaternary temperature history of the Great Basin based on amino acid paleothermometry, 1997-2000, NSF Earth System History

Pleistocene sea-level and glacial fluctuations, coastal Ahklun Mountains, southwest Alaska, 1996-99, NSF Arctic Natural Sciences

Development of an automated HPLC for separation of DL amino acids for enhanced geochronology and paleothermometry, 1996-98, NSF Instrumentation and Facilities

Amino acid racemization in the high-molecular-weight fraction of biogenic carbonate— Chronostratigraphic applications, 1994-96, Petroleum Research Fund

Feasibility study—Coring last interglacial deposits, Bristol Bay, Alaska, 1994-95, NSF Atmospheric Dynamics Program

Chronostratigraphy of Pleistocene high-sea-level and glacial deposits, northeastern Bristol Bay Alaska, 1992-95, NSF Office of Polar Programs