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Prof. Spruce Schoenemann

I am Professor of Geology, Geochemistry, and Climate Science in the Environmental Sciences Dept. at the University of Montana Western.  I earned my doctorate in Paleoclimatology and Isotope Geochemistry with Dr. Eric Steig from the University of Washington.  I have spent years studying polar regions and reconstructing climate from ice cores, syngenetic permafrost, lake sediments, and tree-rings.  

Upcoming: Glacial Geology of Montana
Block 5
Jan 10-Feb 2, 2022


New Course: PolarPASS-Exploring the Greenland Glacier Basin System
Block 6
Mar 14-Apr 6th, 2022 



Ongoing investigations using tree-ring based SWE records, along with lake sediment core records of calcite, and water isotopes of snowpack and precipitation, correlated with historical climate records to reconstruct past climate from high-alpine, snow dominated lakes.


Previous Projects

  • Foy Lake Sediment and Tree-ring based SWE Reconstruction 2018-20

  • Greenland Subglacial Geochemistry, 2012

  • Mt. Waddington Ice Core Project, 2010

  • WAIS Divide Ice Core Project, 2008-2015

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