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David McGee

Kerr-Mcgee Career Development Assistant Professor

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.


Albani, S. and Mahowald, N. M. and Winckler, G. and Anderson, R. F., et al. (2015) Twelve thousand years of dust: the Holocene global dust cycle constrained by natural archives Climate of the Past, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 869-903

Cross, M. and McGee, D. and Broecker, W. S. and Quade, J. and Shakun, J. D. and Cheng, H. and Lu, Y. B. and Edwards, R. L. (2015) Great Basin hydrology, paleoclimate, and connections with the North Atlantic: A speleothem stable isotope and trace element record from Lehman Caves, NVQuaternary Science Reviews, vol. 127, pp. 186-198

Steponaitis, E. and Andrews, A. and McGee, D. and Quade, J. and Hsieh, Y. T. and Broecker, W. S. and Shuman, B. N. and Burns, S. J. and Cheng, H. (2015) Mid-Holocene drying of the US Great Basin recorded in Nevada speleothems Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 127, pp. 174-185

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Kerr-McGee Career Development Assistant 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)

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Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, 2009
M.S., Earth and Environmental Sciences, Tulane University, 2006
M.A., Teaching, Chatham College, 2003
B.A., Geology (summa cum laude), Carleton College, 1997

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