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David F. Porinchu


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Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, 212A

I am a broadly trained biogeographer with substantive research interests in Quaternary science, paleoclimatology and paleoecology. I direct the Environmental Change Laboratory (ECL), where we use the biological, chemical, and physical properties of lake sediment to reconstruct long-term and recent patterns of climate and environmental change in arctic, sub-arctic and alpine settings in North America, Central America and Eurasia. Robust, well-constrained reconstructions of past climate are essential. These reconstructions, which provide much-needed information on the impact of prolonged regional warming on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and water resources, are critical to testing, refining and improving the climate models attempting to simulate future climate conditions. In doing so, this research can help society anticipate and manage the potential impacts associated with projected climate change. The research we undertake in the ECL is largely interdisciplinary and  involves close collaboration with a broad spectrum of researchers, including geographers, geologists, biogeographers, ecologists and climate modelers. 

  • PhD (2002), University of California, Los Angeles, Geography
  • Master of Science (1997), University of New Brunswick, Biology
  • Bachelor of Science (1995), McMaster University, Geography and Environmental Science
Of note:

2020  Ellen Mosley Thompson Award - Best publication, Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group, AAG  (paper led by Dr. Jiaying Wu)  

2018  Global Collaborative Research Grant, University of Georgia

2018  Core Fulbright U.S. Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship

2014  Provost Summer Research Award, University of Georgia    

2013  SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant, University of Georgia

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