Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas, assistant professor in the department of Geology, in Cooke Hall

Photographer: Douglas Levere

Elizabeth Thomas

University at Buffalo

Elizabeth Thomas is a paleoclimatologist and geochemist. Her research aims to understand how changes in Earth’s climate, including sea ice extent and global temperature, have impacted precipitation patterns in the Arctic. Her team uses molecular fossils preserved in lake and marine sediments to reconstruct Arctic temperature and precipitation isotopes.

Each year, Thomas brings students to Greenland or other parts of the Arctic to conduct field work, with the goal of learning how ice sheets and plant life may react to rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns.


paleoclimatology, precipitation seasonality, climate dynamics, stable isotope geochemistry, leaf wax