EDUCATION


Brown University, Providence, RI

   – Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geological Sciences

   – Advisor: Dr. Meredith Hastings


The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

   – M.S., School of Earth Sciences and Byrd Polar Research Center

   – Advisor: Dr. Lonnie Thompson


Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

   – B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Department of Geology

   – Advisor: Dr. Amy Leventer



PUBLICATIONS


Buffen, A. M., M. G. Hastings, L. G. Thompson, and E. Mosley-Thompson (2014), Investigating the preservation of nitrate isotopic composition in a tropical ice core from the Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119 (5), 2674-2697, doi:10.1002/2013jd020715.


Gould, B. A., B. León, A. M. Buffen, and L. G. Thompson (2010), Evidence of a high-Andean, mid-Holocene plant community: An ancient DNA analysis of glacially preserved remains, American Journal of Botany, 97 (9), 1579-1584, doi:10.3732/ajb.1000058.


Buffen, A. M., L. G. Thompson, E. Mosley-Thompson, and K. I. Huh (2009), Recently exposed vegetation reveals Holocene changes in the extent of the Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru, Quaternary Research, 72 (2), 157-163, doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2009.02.007.


Buffen, A., A. Leventer, A. Rubin, and T. Hutchins (2007), Diatom assemblages in surface sediments of the northwestern Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Marine Micropaleontology, 62 (1), 7-30, doi:10.1016/j.marmicro.2006.07.002.



ABSTRACTS


Buffen, A. M., M. G. Hastings, L. G. Thompson, and E. Mosley-Thompson (2011), Assessing post-depositional alteration and the integrity of ice core nitrate-N and -O isotopic records at the Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.


Buffen, A. M., and M. G. Hastings (2011), Towards interpreting nitrate-δ15N records in ice cores in terms of nitrogen oxide sources, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.


Thompson, L. G., E. Mosley-Thompson, M. E. Davis, D. Urmann, and A. Buffen (2007), Ice core evidence for amplification of the recent warming at high elevations in the tropics and the likely regional impacts, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.


Thompson, L. G., A. M. Buffen, M. E. Davis, N. M. Kehrwald, E. Mosley-Thompson, P.-N. Lin, and D. H. Urmann (2007), 1500-year climate and environmental ice-core records from the tropical Pacific rim, NOAA IDEA and East-West Center Workshop on Climatic Changes in the Last 1500 Years: Their Impact on Pacific Islands, Honolulu, HI.


Thompson, L. G., E. Mosley-Thompson, M. E. Davis, and A. Buffen (2006), Glaciological evidence of temporal and spatial tropical climate variability, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.


Patterson, M., A. Leventer, A. Drake, E. Domack, A. Buffen, S. Ishman, P. Szymcek, S. Brachfeld, and E. Backman (2005), Mid-Holocene warmth in the Antarctic Peninsula: evidence from the Vega Drift, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.



HONORS AND AWARDS


Lewis and Clark Award for Exploration and Field Research

    – American Philosophical Society


Exploration Fund Award for Field Research

    – The Explorers Club


Research and Travel Grant Award

    – Brown University Graduate School


Paul Benedum Summer Research Scholarship

    – Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University


First Year Graduate Fellowship

    – Brown University Graduate School


Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

    – School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University


Hackett-Rathmall Memorial Scholarship

    – Department of Geology, Colgate University



TEACHING AND FIELD RESEARCH POSITIONS


Teaching Assistant – Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University

    – Weather and Climate


Ice Core Technician – West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Ice Core Drilling Project


Field Assistant – Cordillera Raura and Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru


Field Assistant – Cordillera Vilcanota and Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru


Teaching Assistant – School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University

   – Earth Systems I: Geological Environment

   – Global Change and Sustainability in the Earth System


Field Assistant – Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru


Field Assistant – RV LM Gould Research Cruise 05-02, Antarctic Peninsula





 



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