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Carli Arendt

Asst Professor

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I joined MEAS as an assistant professor in the fall of 2017. I use traditional and novel hydrochemistry applications to better understand Earth surface processes in polar, fluvial, and coastal settings, with a focus on local ecosystems and communities. Click the following title to access a one-minute NCSU College of Sciences video featuring my research – Carli Arendt: Studying Glaciers to Understand Climate Change.

My lab welcomes students, postdocs, and collaborators regardless of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, socioeconomic status or disability status. The more reflective of society’s diversity the lab is, the better we are. It is through diverse perspectives and abilities that we can best contribute to scientific discovery and foster a welcoming and inclusive lab environment.

I teach MEA 415/515 ‘Climate Dynamics’, MEA 493/592 ‘Glaciology’, components of MEA 459 ‘Field Investigations of Coastal Processes’, and select semesters of MEA 323 ‘Geochemistry of Natural Waters’.

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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

Area(s) of Expertise

My research interests can be categorized into the following components:
1) Measuring and generating novel trace metal datasets for hydrologic systems.
2) Assessing changes in nutrient availability and associated fluxes in warming cryosphere (permafrost and glacial settings) and surface water (lake and river) environments.
3) Capturing chemical weathering signatures in proglacial environments with implications for carbon sequestration.
4) Producing hydrogeochemical datasets that span from terrestrial to coastal marine environments and contribute to the understanding of source to sink dynamics.
5) Investigating radiogenic chemical signatures of water-bedrock interactions to gain insights to temporal and spatial trends of unsafe levels of radionuclides in local water reservoirs.