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Carli Arendt

Assistant Professor

Jordan Hall 2131



I joined MEAS as an assistant professor in the fall of 2017 and am excited about continuing my research using traditional and trace-metal chemical analyses of cryosphere systems to place constraints on the hydrologic evolution of the Arctic and Antarctic with increased temperatures and intensified melt seasons.

My research focuses on understanding glacial and polar hydrology, feedbacks associated with permafrost degradation, subglacial processes, and the resulting changes in nutrient fluxes, and meltwater and seawater chemistry as permafrost and glacial melting occurs. Recently my lab group also started investigating the chemical signatures of bedrock interactions with water reservoirs.


Research Description

My research interests can be categorized into the following components: 1) Constraining the evolution of water inputs to subglacial systems; 2) Estimating subglacial water storage times; 3) Applying glacial chemistry methods to investigate broader implications of melting; 4) Examining changes in non-glacial Arctic hydrology, including permafrost degradation, as a result of prolonged melting seasons; 5) Assessing nutrient fluxes as a result of climate induced hydrologic evolution; and 6) Investigating chemical signatures of water-bedrock interactions in local water reservoirs.


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B.S., Geology, St. Norbert College (2010)
M.S., Geology, University of Michigan (2014)
Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan (2015)

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