• I am a paleoclimatologist who uses paleoenvironmental archives to extend our knowledge of climate and environmental perturbations beyond the instrumental record. I am interested in understanding how rapid changes in climate, land use, and pollution affect past and present biogeochemical cycles.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2021-01-01 Assessing δ15N values in the carbonate-bound organic matrix and periostracum of bivalve shells as environmental archives.Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology..  564. 2021-01-01
    2021-01-01 Evaluating Freshwater Mussel Shell δ13C Values as a Proxy for Dissolved Inorganic Carbon δ13C Values in a Temperate RiversJGR Biogeosciences.  126. 2021-01-01
    2021-01-01 The BeAMS project: Using inquiry and modeling to introduce students to the research process in an introductory geology laboratory.ournal of Geoscience Education.2021-01-01
    2017-01-01 Assessing elemental ratios as a paleotemperature proxy in calcite shells of patelloid limpets.Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.  465:376-385. 2017-01-01
    2017-01-01 Calibration of hydroclimate proxies in freshwater bivalve shells from Central and West Africa.Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.  208:62. 2017-01-01
    2017-01-01 Conus shell δ13C values as proxies for δ13CDIC in tropical waters.Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.  472:119-127. 2017-01-01
    2016-01-01 Organic carbon and nitrogen tracers of land use effects on net ecosystem metabolism in mangrove estuaries, southwest Florida.Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.  181:14-26.. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 Stable isotopes in bivalves as indicators of nutrient source in coastal waters in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama. PeerJ2016-01-01

    Research Overview

  • My research uses paleoenvironmental archives to expand our knowledge of climate and environmental perturbations during the recent past. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how rapid changes in climate, land-use, and pollution affect aquatic biogeochemistry. Establishing historical and fossil baselines can be useful for evaluating these effects. Therefore, I examine biogenic carbonates (clam, mussel, & snail shells) as environmental archives, a field called sclerochronology (analogous to dendrochronology). Specifically, I focus on how geochemical variations in mollusc shells record environmental conditions.
  • Teaching Overview

  • My goal as a geoscience educator is to instill curiosity in students & give them the confidence to pursue careers of their choosing. To achieve this goal, I focus on developing students’ problem-solving & critical thinking skills. In my teaching, I emphasize the accessibility & applicability of earth sciences.
  • Full Name

  • Lauren Graniero