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.
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.