David McGee’s research focuses on understanding the atmosphere’s response to past climate changes. By documenting past changes in precipitation and winds using geochemical measurements of stalagmites, lake deposits and marine sediments and interpreting these records in the light of models and theory, he aims to offer data-based insights into the patterns, pace and magnitude of past hydroclimate changes. His primary tool is measurements of uranium-series isotopes, which provide precise uranium-thorium dates for stalagmites and lake deposits and allow reconstructions of windblown dust emission and transport using marine sediments.
McGee joined the faculty in 2012 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship with a joint appointment at the University of Minnesota and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He holds a Ph.D. in Earth and environmental sciences from Columbia University.
Kerr-McGee Career Development Associate Professor (2015-Present) | Ally of Nature Fund, MIT (2013) | Earl Killian and Waidy Lee Fund, MIT (2011) | NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow (2009) | NSF Graduate Teaching Fellow (2008) | NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2005) | Phi Beta Kappa (1996)