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Nicole Spaulding

Research Assistant Professor

Nicole Spaulding

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Sawyer Environmental Research Center
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Orono, ME  04469


As an ice core paleoclimatologist, I use emerging technological applications and non-traditional methods to better understand the climate of the Quaternary period. This involves working with instruments capable of providing very high-resolution visual or chemical information, like scanning electron microscopes and laser ablation inductively couple plasma mass spectrometers, and also exploring underutilized ice archives, like Antarctic blue ice areas and the highly compressed lower sections of ice cores.

Currently, I am working with a new ice core from the Colle Gnifetti glacier saddle of the Monte Rosa Massif (4450 m.a.s.l.) on the Swiss-Italian border. I will be using state-of-the-art laser based technology developed in the Climate Change Institute’s W.M. Keck Laser Ice Facility to obtain ultra-high-resolution measurements of dust and other impurities from the lower highly compressed portion of the ice core. These measurements will be used in combination with a new historical geodatabase to develop the first detailed, ice core-based assessment of human-climate interactions during the first millennium AD.


  • Spaulding, N.E., Higgins, J.A., Kurbatov, A.V., Bender, M.L., Arcone, S.A., Campbell, S., Dunbar, N.W., Chimiak, L.M., Introne, D.S., and Mayewski, P.A. (2013). Climate archives from 90-250 ka in horizontal and vertical ice cores from the Allan Hills Blue Ice Area, Antarctica. Quaternary Research 80, 562-574.

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  • Spaulding, N.E., Spikes, V.B., Hamilton, G.S., Mayewski, P.A., Dunbar, N.W., Harvey, R.P., Schutt, J., and Kurbatov, A. 2012. Ice motion and mass balance at the Allan Hills blue-ice area, Antarctica, with implications for paleoclimate reconstructions. Journal of Glaciology 58(208), pp 399-406.

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  • Mayewski, P.A., Maasch, K.A., Dixon, D., Sneed, S.B., Oglesby, R., Korotkikh, E., Potocki, M., Grigholm, B., Kreutz, K., Kurbatov, A.V., Spaulding, N., Stagger, J.C., Taylor, K.C., Steig, E.J., White, J., Bertler, N.A.N., Goodwin, I., Simoes, J.C., Jana, R., Kraus, S. and Fastook, J. 2013. West Antarctica's Sensitivity to Natural and Human Forced Climate Change Over the Holocene. Journal of Quaternary Science 28(1), pp 40-48.

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  • Spaulding, N.E., Meese, D.A., Baker, I. 2011. Advanced microstructural characterization of four East Antarctic firn/ice cores, Journal of Glaciology 57(205), pp 796-810.

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  • Spaulding, N.E., Meese, D.A., Baker, I., Mayewski, P.A., Hamilton, G.S. 2010. A new technique for firn grain-size measurement using SEM image analysis, Journal of Glaciology 56(195), pp 12-19.

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  • Baker, I., Sieg, K., Spaulding, N., Meese, D., Advanced Electron Microscopy Techniques for Studying Ice and Firn Cores. 2007. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences, University of California- Santa Barbara, CA, August 26th-31st, 2007.

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Ph.D. Earth and Climate Studies, University of Maine (2013); M.S. Quaternary and Climate Studies, University of Maine (2009); B.A. Geology, Colgate University (2006)

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