Maria Rosabelle Ong

Maria Rosabelle Ong

Research Interest


Ross graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of the Philippines Manila. Prior to joining Columbia as a graduate student, she lived in Singapore where she had developed an interest in marine geochemistry during her time as a research assistant at the Asian School of Environment at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Her research focuses on investigating short-term and long term (decadal-to-centennial) scale climate variability and ocean atmosphere interactions through the reconstruction of paleoenvironmental records using geochemical techniques, such as stable isotope and trace metal analysis of carbonates and water.

Her current research involves utilizing geochemistry of slow growing brain corals from the Caribbean to understand how changes in environmental parameters such as sea surface temperature and sea surface salinity interact with climate teleconnections such as the North Atlantic Oscillation and the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation. Understanding how these systems have changed in the past could give a better insight into predicting future climate change.

Research Advisor: Dr. Nathalie Goodkin (AMNH)