EDUCATION


Brown University, Providence, RI

   – Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary 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.


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.


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.


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.



MANUSCRIPTS IN REVIEW


Shi, G., A. M. Buffen, M. G. Hastings, C. Li, H. Ma, Y. Li, B. Sun, C. An and S. Jiang (2014), Investigation of post-depositional processing of nitrate in East Antarctic snow: Isotopic constraints on photolytic loss, re-oxidation, and source inputs. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions.



ABSTRACTS


Buffen, A. M. and M. G. Hastings (2014), The isotopic composition of nitrate in West Antarctica at present and since the Last Glacial Stage. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.


Buffen, A. M. and M. G. Hastings (2014), Assessing nitrate preservation and spatial heterogeneity across West Antarctica as a precursor to reconstructing past NOx sources and atmospheric oxidation chemistry. West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Ice Core Project Meeting, San Diego, CA.


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.


Hastings, M. G. and A. M. Buffen (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.



AWARDS, HONORS and RESEARCH GRANTS


Dissertation Fellowship

  – Brown University Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Graduate Research Grant

  – Brown University Institute for the Study of Environment and Society

Lewis and Clark Grant for Exploration and Field Research

  – American Philosophical Society

Exploration Grant for Field Research

  – The Explorers Club

Research and Travel Grant

  – Brown University Graduate School

Paul Benedum Summer Research Scholarship

  – Brown University Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

First Year Graduate Fellowship

  – Brown University Graduate School

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

  – The Ohio State University School of Earth Sciences

Hackett-Rathmall Memorial Scholarship

  – Colgate University Department of Geology



TEACHING ACTIVITIES


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Brown University

        *Student Evaluation Rating: 1 (highest) – 5 (lowest)

  – Weather and Climate (*1.4)

  – Weather and Climate (*1.5)

Teaching Certificate I, Brown University

  – Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University

  – Global Change and Sustainability in the Earth System

  – Earth Systems I: Geological Environment

  – Earth Systems I: Geological Environment

      – Voted Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant by the School of Earth Sciences



PRIMARY TEACHING INTERESTS


Stable Isotope Geochemistry; The Climate System and Climate Change; Paleoclimatology; Atmospheric Chemistry; Nitrogen in the Environment



FIELD RESEARCH ACTIVITIES


Field Research Leader – Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru

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

Field Research Assistant – Cordillera Raura and Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru

Field Research Assistant – Cordillera Vilcanota and Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru

Field Research Assistant – Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru

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



OUTREACH AND SERVICE


Educational Lectures

  – Vartan Gregorian Elementary School Science Conference, Providence, RI (2013/2014)

  – Local school and interest groups visiting the Byrd Polar Research Center (2005-2008)

Environmental Action

  – Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee, Brown University (2008-2010)

  – Brown University Delegation to the Yale University-University of Copenhagen Climate

     Action Conference on Campus Sustainability, Copenhagen, Denmark (2009)

Press Interviews

  – Brown Daily Herald (2014/2008); Providence Journal (2008); Today at Brown (2008);  

     Toledo Blade (2008); OSU Research News (2005)

Op-Ed contributor to The Ohio State University Lantern (2008)

Departmental Service

  – GeoClub Co-President, Brown University (2008/2009)



PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


American Geophysical Union

Geological Society of America

American Meteorological Society

Sigma Xi





 



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