Greetings! My name is Christine, and I am currently a PhD student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program and a member of David McGee's group. I am broadly interested in the history of Earth's climate, and I use field geology, geochronology, and modeling to reconstruct past changes in Earth's hydrological cycle, particularly from lacustrine archives.

Presently, I am reconstructing spatial and temporal patterns of water balance change throughout the late-Pleistocene in the Atacama and Altiplano regions of the central Andes (21-27°S) by creating multiple well-dated records of paleolake level variations. By piecing together the history of lake level variations through careful mapping of paleoshorelines, U-Th dating of massive shoreline tufa deposits, and water balance modeling, we can extract quantitative estimates of past hydroclimate change that can place constraints on past atmospheric circulation patterns via multimodel-multiproxy comparisons.

Previously, I received an A.B. in Geosciences from Princeton University. For my undergraduate thesis, I conducted a basin-wide elevational survey of Lake Bonneville's highest shoreline using high-precision differential GPS. The overall geometry of these paleoshorelines is famously deformed due to isostatic rebound, and I modeled the relative contributions of deformation by the Laurentide ice sheet and lake load to explain the nuanced domed-shaped shoreline geometry.