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IQPR Faculty


Sally Horn

Sally Horn, Professor of Geography, is the Director of the Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research. Her research focuses on evidence of climate and environmental history in natural archives, especially lacustrine sediments. She oversees the Laboratory of Paleoenvironmental Research in the Department of Geography.

Faculty Associates

David Anderson

Dr. David G. Anderson

David Anderson, Professor of Anthropology, conducts research on prehistoric and historic archaeology in the eastern U.S., with a particular focus on colonization, migration, and the development of cultural complexity.

Yingkui Li


Yingkui Li is an Assistant Professor in Geography with broad research interests in glacial geomorphology and cosmogenic nuclides, GIS and spatial analysis, soil erosion, land use change, and environmental studies. He is currently setting up a Cosmogenic Isotope Lab.

Larry McKay


Larry McKay, Professor and Head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Science. His diverse interests include the hydrogeologic properties of fractured clay-rich residuum and till, and evidence of paleoclimate preserved in paleosols.

Jan Simek


Jan Simek, Professor of Anthropology and Distinguished Professor of Science, is interested in Paleolithic archaeology, human evolution, quantitative analyses, spatial analysis, southeastern archaeology, and cave archaeology.

Adjunct Faculty

Chad Lane

Chad Lane

Dr. Lane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology, and director of the Stable Isotope Laboratory in the Center for Marine Science, at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Chad is also a collaborator on several projects involving IQPR faculty and students. His research specialties include paleolimnology, stable isotope geochemistry, and charcoal and pollen analysis.

Zheng-Hua Li


Dr. Li is an expert in stable isotopes. Formerly in charge of the Stable Isotope Lab at UT, Zheng-Hua recently took a new position with Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He continues to collaborate with initiative faculty as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Glenn Tootle


Glenn Tootle, formerly Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, conducts research in dendrohydrology (using tree rings to reconstruct hydrologic parameters), climate and climate change impacts on water resources, drought frequency, and streamflow forecasting and hydrologic modeling. He recently moved to the University of Alabama, but plans to continue collaboration with Henri Grissino-Mayer as an Adjunct faculty member.

Dana Labotka


Dr. Labotka earned her Ph.D. in 2005 analyzing relationships between oxygen isotopes in tree rings and hurricane activity. Dana is collaborating with Michael Hren, Sally Horn, and Henri Grissino-Mayer in a study of stable isotope signatures in sediment profiles from the Florida Keys.

David Finkelstein

Dr. Finkelstein is a biogeochemist with broad research interests related to Quaternary (and earlier) climate change. David recently accepted a position at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, but continues to collaborate with initiative faculty as an Adjunct Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences. 

Michael Hren

Formerly an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Dr. Hren is now with the Center for Integrative Geosciences at the University of Connecticut. His research integrates organic molecular and stable isotopic records to understand Earth system response to perturbations. He is the former director of the Stable Isotope Laboratory, and continues to collaborate with IQPR faculty on projects begun during his time at UT.



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