Faculty Profile

Associate Professor, Department of Geology

University at Buffalo assistant professor in the Department of Geology Elizabeth K. Thomas, PhD sits with equipment on a boat in the middle of a lake.


I use organic geochemical and stable isotopic proxies from marine, lake, and loess sediments to reconstruct past precipitation, temperature, and ecological changes during the Pleistocene and Holocene. I also use climate models to understand the mechanisms that cause such changes, with the goal of better understanding modern global change.

Research Interests

Paleoclimate dynamics; environmental change in the Arctic, Asia, and Western New York; stable isotope and organic geochemistry; proxy system modeling


  • PhD, Geological Sciences, Brown University, 2014

Honors, Awards and Special Recognitions

  • NSF, CAREER Award, 2021

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