Lizi (Lela) Gadrani

Research Graduate Student

Office Location: Sawyer Environmental Research Building, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469

Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Paul A. Mayewski, Dr. Andrei Kurbatov

Biographical Statement: After receiving  my master’s degree in 2009,  I have worked as a researcher at the Tbilisi State University, Institute of Geography. My main research focus was studying the mountain glaciers and understanding how glaciers have responded to climate changes. Even though I have already gained some experience in this field I am looking forward to learning  about the modern advances in the field of paleoclimate research at CCI.

Research Area:

My graduate program is related to paleoclimate reconstructions from the oldest ice core records collected in the Allan Hills Blue ice area in Antarctica. I am working on creating new standards for Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA ICP-MS) and analyzing impurities in glacial ice cores. Additionally, I am studying the climate impacts on the Kazbegi Region (Georgia) in the Caucasus Mountains induced by anthropogenic forcing, as well as its influence on future water resources.