Michael Kaplan

Lamont Assistant Research Professor
Michael Kaplan
Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
429 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000


(845) 365-8646


(845) 365-8155

Fields of interest: 

Glacial geology, paleoclimatology, glacier and ice sheet dynamics, geomorphology, geochronology, limnogeology, cosmogenic surface exposure dating

Research Statement: 

* Glacier and climate history of southern South America, New Zealand, Antarctica, and eastern North America. Whether past climate changes are in phase around the globe at low and high frequency timescales * Quantifying rates of landscape change in southern South America using cosmogenic nuclide measurements and understanding these changes in relation to development of the Andes

List of Degrees from highest to lowest
B.A. summa cum laude
SUNY Buffalo
University of Maine-Orono
University of Colorado-Boulder

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Selected Publications:
Changing influence of Antarctic and Greenlandic temperature records on sea-level over the last glacial cycle, Siddall, M.; Kaplan, M.R.; Schaefer, J.M.; Putnam, A.; Kelly, M.A.; Goehring, B. Quaternary Science Reviews, Volume: 29, Issue: 3-4 p.: 410-423 (2010) 10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.11.007
A beryllium-10 production-rate for the Southern Hemisphere middle latitudes, Putnam, A E; Schaefer, J M; Vandergoes, M; Barrell, D; Kaplan, M; Goehring, B; Schwartz, R; Finkel, R; Kelley, S; Denton, G H Journal of Quaternary Geochronology (2010)
The chronology of the Last Glacial Maximum and Late-glacial events in central Argentine Patagonia, Hein, AS; Hulton, NRJ; Dunai, T; Sugden, D; Kaplan, MR; Xu, S Journal of Quaternary Geochronology (2010)
Glacier retreat in New Zealand during the Younger Dryas stadial, Kaplan, M. R.; Schaefer, J.M., Denton, G.H.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Chinn, T.J.H.; Putnam, A.E.; Andersen, B.G.; Finkel, R.C.; Schwartz, R.; Doughty, A. Nature (2010)
Cosmogenic dating of 'old' glacial events in Patagonia,, Hein, A. S.; Hulton, N. R. J.; Dunai, T. J.; Schnabel, C.; Kaplan, M. R.; Xu, S. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta Jun, Volume: 73, Issue: 13 p.: A513-A513 (2009)
Can glacial erosion limit the extent of glaciation?, Kaplan, M. R.; Hein, A. S.; Hubbard, A.; Lax, S. M. Geomorphology Jan 15, Volume: 103, Issue: 2 p.: 172-179 (2009) DOI 10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.04.020
Renewed glacial activity during the Antarctic cold reversal and persistence of cold conditions until 11.5 ka in southwestern Patagonia, Moreno, P. I.; Kaplan, M. R.; Francois, J. P.; Villa-Martinez, R.; Moy, C. M.; Stern, C. R.; Kubik, P. W. Geology Apr, Volume: 37, Issue: 4 p.: 375-378 (2009) Doi 10.1130/G25399a.1
High-Frequency Holocene Glacier Fluctuations in New Zealand Differ from the Northern Signature, Schaefer, J. M.; Denton, G. H.; Kaplan, M.; Putnam, A.; Finkel, R. C.; Barrell, D. J. A.; Andersen, B. G.; Schwartz, R.; Mackintosh, A.; Chinn, T.; Schluchter, C. Science May 1, Volume: 324, Issue: 5927 p.: 622-625 (2009) DOI 10.1126/science.1169312
Climate Change in Southern South America during the last two Millennia, Moy, CM; Moreno, PI; Dunbar, RB; Francois, J-P; Kaplan, MR; Villalba, R; Haberzettle, T , Springer Netherlands (2009)
Southern Patagonian glacial chronology for the Last Glacial period and implications for Southern Ocean climate, Kaplan, M. R.; Fogwill, C. J.; Sugden, D. E.; Hulton, N.; Kubik, P. W.; Freeman, S. P. H. T. Quaternary Science Reviews Feb, Volume: 27, Issue: 3-4 p.: 284-294 (2008) DOI 10.1016/j.quascirev.2007.09.013
Glacial dynamics in southernmost South America during Marine Isotope Stage 5e to the Younger Dryas chron: a brief review with a focus on cosmogenic nuclide measurements, Kaplan, M. R.; Moreno, P. I.; Rojas, M. Journal of Quaternary Science Sep-Oct, Volume: 23, Issue: 6-7 p.: 649-658 (2008) Doi 10.1002/Jqs.1209
Climate science - A tale of two ice sheets, Siddall, M.; Kaplan, M. R. Nature Geoscience Sep, Volume: 1, Issue: 9 p.: 570-571 (2008) Doi 10.1038/Ngeo286
Cosmogenic nuclide measurements in southernmost South America and implications for landscape change, Kaplan, M. R.; Coronato, A.; Hulton, N. R. J.; Rabassa, J. O.; Kubik, P. W.; Freeman, S. P. H. T. Geomorphology Jul 1, Volume: 87, Issue: 4 p.: 284-301 (2007) DOI 10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.10.005
Major ice sheet response in eastern New England to a cold North Atlantic region, ca. 16-15 cal ka BP, Kaplan, M. R. Quaternary Research Sep, Volume: 68, Issue: 2 p.: 280-283 (2007) DOI 10.1016/j.yqres.2007.06.003
Cosmogenic nuclide surface exposure dating of boulders on last-glacial and late-glacial moraines, Lago Buenos Aires, Argentina: Interpretive strategies and paleoclimate implications, Douglass, D. C.; Singer, B. S.; Kaplan, M. R.; Mickelson, D. M.; Caffee, M. W. Quaternary Geochronology Feb, Volume: 1, Issue: 1 p.: 43-58 (2006) DOI 10.1016/j.quageo.2006.06.001
Comment on: Cosmogenic nuclide chronology of pre-last glacial maximum moraines at Lago Buenos Aires, 46 degrees S, Argentina (Quaternary Research 63/3, 2005, 301-315) - Reply, Kaplan, M. R.; Singer, B. S.; Douglass, D. C.; Ackert, R. P.; Caffee, M. W. Quaternary Research Sep, Volume: 66, Issue: 2 p.: 367-369 (2006) DOI 10.1016/j.yqres.2006.06.002
Spatial and temporal variability of Holocene temperature in the North Atlantic region, Kaplan, M. R.; Wolfe, A. P. Quaternary Research Mar, Volume: 65, Issue: 2 p.: 223-231 (2006) DOI 10.1016/j.yqres.2005.08.020
Cosmogenic nuclide chronology of pre-last glacial maximum moraines at Lago Buenos Aires, 46 degrees S, Argentina, Kaplan, M. R.; Douglass, D. C.; Singer, B. S.; Caffee, M. W. Quaternary Research May, Volume: 63, Issue: 3 p.: 301-315 (2005) DOI 10.1016/j.yqres.2004.12.003
Cosmogenic nuclide chronology of millennial-scale glacial advances during O-isotope stage 2 in Patagonia, Kaplan, M. R.; Ackert, R. P.; Singer, B. S.; Douglass, D. C.; Kurz, M. D. Geological Society of America Bulletin Mar-Apr, Volume: 116, Issue: 3-4 p.: 308-321 (2004) Doi 10.1130/B25178.1