Will Amidon
Jeff Munroe

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Assistant Professor of Geology William Amidon and Professor of Geology Jeffrey Munroe and a colleague at North Dakota State University have received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s P2C2 program, officially known as Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change.

Their project, titled “Combining Glacier and Paleolake Records to Limit Latest Pleistocene Climate Change in the Northern Great Basin,” will document changes in the size of ancient glaciers and lakes in northern Nevada to reconstruct changes in precipitation and temperature during the last glacial period.

Understanding how the distribution of surface water changed in the western U.S. during the last major episode of warming climate will help improve models of future water availability in the most arid part of the U.S.

The research will involve at least two Middlebury undergraduate students.