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J. Curt Stager

Adjunct Professor, Climate Change Institute; Professor, Paul Smith's College

J. Curt Stager

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Natural Sciences, Paul Smith's College
Paul Smiths, NY  12970


Paleoecology, limnology, evolution and climate change.

Current focus: tropical climate changes of the last millennium.


  • Stager, J.C., C. Cocquyt, R. Bonnefille, C. Weyhenmeyer, and N. Bowerman, 2009. A late Holocene paleoclimatic history of Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. Quat. Res. 72: 47-56.
  • Stager, J.C, S. McNulty, C. Beier, and J. Chiarenzelli, 2009. Historical patterns and effects of changes in Adirondack climates since the early 20th century. Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies 15: 14-24
  • Stager, J.C., R.E. Hecky, D. Grzesik, B.F. Cumming, and H. Kling. 2009. Diatom evidence for the timing and causes of eutrophication in Lake Victoria, East Africa. Hydrobiologia 636: 463-478.
  • Neumann, F., C Stager, L. Scott, H.J.T. Venter, and C. Weyhenmeyer, 2008. Holocene vegetation and climate records from Lake Sibaya, KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Rev. Palaeobot. Palynol. 152: 113-128.
  • Stager, J.C., A. Ruzmaikin, D. Conway, P. Verburg, and P.J. Mason, 2007. Solar variability, ENSO, and the levels of Lake Victoria, East Africa. J. Geophys. Res. 112: D15106, doi: 10.1029/2006JD008362.
  • Felton, A.A., ... J.C. Stager, et al., 2007. Paleolimnological evidence for the onset and termination of glacial aridity from Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. Palaeo-3 doi:10.1016/j/palaeo.2007.04.003
  • Stager, J.C., and T.C. Johnson, 2007. The late Pleistocene desiccation of Lake Victoria and the origin of its endemic biota. Hydrobiologia 596: doi:10.1007/210750-007-9158-2.
  • Stager, J.C., J. Westwood, D. Grzesik, and B.F. Cumming, 2005. A 5500 year environmental history of Lake Nabugabo, Uganda. Palaeo-3 218:347-354.
  • Stager, J.C., Ryves D., Cumming B.F., Meeker L.D., and Beer, J., 2005. Solar variability and the levels of Lake Victoria, East Africa, during the last millennium. J. Paleolimnol. 33:243-251.
  • Maasch, K., Mayewski, P.A., Rohling, E., Stager, C., Karlén, K., Meeker, L.D., and Meyerson, E., 2005. Climate of the past 2000 years, Geografiska Annaler 87A:7-15.
  • Stager, J.C., J.J. Day, and S. Santini, 2004. Comment on "Origin of the superflock of cichlid fishes from Lake Victoria, East Africa." Science 304:963.
  • Mayewski, P.A., E. Rohling, J.C. Stager, and 13 others, 2004. Holocene climate variability. Quat. Res. 62:243-255.
  • Stager, J.C., B. Cumming, and L.D. Meeker, 2003. A 10,200 year high-resolution diatom record from Pilkington Bay, Lake Victoria, Uganda. Quat. Res. 59:172-181.
  • Scholz, C.A., King, J.W., Ellis, G.S., Swart, P.K., Stager, J.C., and S.M. Colman, 2003. Paleolimnology of Lake Tanganyika, East Africa, over the past 100 kyr. J. Paleolimnol.30:139-150.
  • Stager, J.C., P.A. Mayewski, and L.D. Meeker, 2002. Cooling cycles, Heinrich Event 1, and the desiccation of Lake Victoria. Palaeo-3: 183:169-178.
  • Stager, J.C., 2001. Climatic change and African rain forests in the 21st century. Chapter 9 in W. Weber, L.J.T. White, A. Vedder, and L. Naughton-Treves (eds.) African Rain Forest Ecology and Conservation, Yale University Press.
  • Stager, J.C., 2001. Did reclamation pollute Black Pond? Adirondack J. Envir. Studies 8:22-27.
  • Stager, J.C., and T. Johnson, 2000. A 12,400 year offshore diatom record from Lake Victoria, East Africa. J. Paleolimnol. 23:373-383.
  • Stager, J.C., and R. Anfang, 1999. Preliminary evidence of environmental changes at Lake Bambili (Cameroon, West Africa) since 24,000 BP. J. Paleolimnol. 22:319-330.
  • Stager, J.C., 1998. Ancient analogues for recent environmental changes at Lake Victoria, East Africa. pp. 37-46 in Environmental change and response in East African Lakes. Kluwer.
  • Beuning, K.R.M., K. Kelts, and J.C. Stager, 1998. Abrupt climatic changes associated with the arid Younger Dryas Interval in Africa. pp. 147-156 in Environmental change and response in East African Lakes. Kluwer.
  • Stager, J.C., and P.A. Mayewski, 1997. Abrupt early mid-Holocene climatic transition registered at the equator and the poles. Science 276:1834-1836.
  • Stager, J.C., B. Cumming, and L.D. Meeker, 1997. An 11,400-year, high-resolution diatom record from Lake Victoria, East Africa. Quat. Res. 47:81-89.
  • Stager, J.C., P.R. Leavitt, and S. Dixit,1997. Assessing impacts of past human activity on water quality in Upper Saranac Lake, NY. Lake Reserv. Mgmt. 13:175-184.
  • Stager, J.C., and V. Chen, 1996. Fossil evidence of shell length decline in Queen Conch (Strombus gigas L.) at Middleton Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies. Caribb. J. Sci. 32:14-20.
  • Martin, M.R., and J.C. Stager, 1994. Assessing the human impact on lakes using sediment analyses. Lake Reserv. Mgmt. 9:95-96.
  • Stager, J.C., 1992. Simple gravity corer suitable for educators. J. Paleolimnol. 7:253-255.
  • Stager, J.C., and L.B. Cahoon, 1992. Distribution of benthic microalgae, pigments, and phosphate in Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina. J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc. 108:117-126.
  • Maley, J., ... Stager, J.C., ... Zogning, A., 1990. (13 authors). Lithostratigraphy, volcanism, paleomagnetism, and palynology of Quaternary deposits from Barombi Mbo (West Cameroon): preliminary results. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res. 42:319-335.
  • Cahoon, L.B., J.R. Kucklick, and J.C. Stager, 1990. A natural phosphate source for Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, USA. Int. Rev. ges Hydrobiol. 75:339-351.
  • Stager, J.C., 1988. Environmental changes at Lake Cheshi, Zambia, since 40,000 years B.P. Quat. Res. 29:54-65. (doctoral dissertation).
  • Stager, J.C., and L.B. Cahoon, 1987. The age and trophic history of Lake Waccamaw, N.C. J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc. 103:1-13.
  • Stager, J.C., P.R. Reinthal, and D.A. Livingstone, 1986. A 25,000 year history for Lake Victoria, East Africa, and some comments on its significance for the evolution of cichlid fishes. Freshwater Biology 16:15-19.
  • Lundberg, J.G., and J.C. Stager, 1985. Microgeographic diversity in the neotropical knifefish Eigenmannia macrops (Gymnotiformes, Sternopygidae). Envir. Biol. Fish. 13:173-181.
  • Stager, J.C., 1984. The diatom record of Lake Victoria (East Africa): the last 17,000 years.pp. 455476, In: D.G. Mann, (ed.), Proc. Seventh Int. Symp. on Living and Fossil Diatoms, Philadelphia. Koeltz, Koenigstein.


B.A. 1979. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME; biology/geology. Ph.D. 1985. Duke University, Durham, NC; zoology/geology. Advisor: D.A. Livingstone.

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