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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.

I am seeking a PhD student to work on uranium-series isotopic applications in cryosphere environments.

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. I am continuing these research endeavors and am developing further projects in each of these areas by applying innovative new techniques throughout polar and alpine regions. The ultimate goal of my research is to use geochemical proxies and constraints on diverse cryosphere environments to inform Earth System Models. This allows me to contribute to a more robust understanding of the impacts of climate change on the cryosphere and related hydrologic processes, and their potential feedbacks.


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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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