Pratigya Polissar

Lamont Associate Research Professor
Pratigya Polissar
Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
210 Geoscience
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000


(845) 365-8400


(845) 365-8150
List of Degrees from highest to lowest
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Hampshire College

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Committee member of Jonathan LaRiviere (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Committee member of Cassaundra Meyers (DEES, Columbia)
Committee member of Yonaton Golsdsmith (DEES, Columbia)
Selected Publications:
Reduced El Niño–Southern Oscillation during the Last Glacial Maximum, Ford, H.L.; Ravelo, A.C.; Polissar, P.J. Science 01/2015, Volume: 347, Issue: 6219 p.: 255-258 (2015) 10.1126/science.1258437
Glacial-Interglacial Changes in Central Tropical Pacific Surface Seawater Property Gradients, Lynch-Stieglitz, J.; Polissar, P.; Jacobel, A.W.; Hovan, S.; Pockalny, R.; Lyle, M.; Murray, R.; Ravelo, A.C.; Bova, S.; Dunlea, A.; Ford, H.; Hertzberg, J.; Wertman, C.; Maloney, A.; Shackford, J.; Wejnert, K.; Xie, R. Paleoceanography (2015)
A 6,000-yr Lake Record of Drought from the Pacific Northwest, Nelson, D. N.; Abbott, M. B.; Steinman, B.; Polissar, P. J.;Stansell, N.S.; Ortiz, J. S.; Rosenmeier, M. F.; Finney, B.; Riedel, J. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2011) 10.1073/pnas.1009194108
Extractable organic material in fault zones as a tool to investigate frictional stress, Polissar, P. J.; Savage, H. M.; Brodsky, E. E. Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2011)
Effects of aridity and vegetation on plant-wax δD in modern lake sediments, Polissar, Pratigya J.; Freeman, Katherine H. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Volume: 74 p.: 5785-5797 (2010) 10.1016/j.gca.2010.06.018
Paleoaltimetry of the Tibetan Plateau from D/H ratios of lipid biomarkers, Polissar, P. J.;Freeman K. H.;Rowley D. B.;Mcinerney F. A.;Currie B. S. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume: 287 p.: 64-76 (2009) 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.07.037
Measurement of 13C and 15N Isotopic Composition on Nanomolar Quantities of C and N, Polissar, P. J.; Fulton, J. M.; Junium,C. K.;Turich,C. C.;Freeman, K. H. Analytical Chemistry, Volume: 81, Issue: 2 p.: 755-763 (2009) 10.1016/j.yqres.2006.07.005
Last Glacial Maximum equilibrium-line altitude and paleo-temperature reconstructions for the Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuelan Andes, Stansell, N.; Polissar, P. J.;Abbott, M. B. Quaternary Research, Volume: 67 p.: 115-127 (2007) 10.1016/j.yqres.2006.07.005
Solar modulation of Little Ice Age climate in the tropical Andes, Polissar, P. J.; Abbott, M. B.;Wolfe, A. P.;Bezada, M.;Rull, V.;Bradley, R. S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume: 103, Issue: 24 p.: 8937-8942 (2006) 10.1073 pnas.0603118103
Hydrologic balance of tropical South America from oxygen isotopes of lake sediment opal, Polissar, P. J.; Abbott, M. B.; Shemesh, A.; Wolfe, A. P.;Bradley, R. S. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume: 242 p.: 375-389 (2006) 10.1016/j.epsl.2005.12.024
Late Quaternary deglacial history of the Mérida Andes, Venezuela, Stansell, N. D.;Abbott, M. B.;Polissar, P. J.;Wolfe, A. P.;Bezada, M.;Rull, V. Journal of Quaternary Science, Volume: 20, Issue: 7-8 p.: 801-812 (2005) doi:10.1002/jqs.973
15,000-yr pollen record of vegetation change in the high altitude tropical Andes at Laguna Verde Alta, Venezuela, Rull, V.;Abbott, M. B.;Polissar, P. J.; Wolfe, A. P.;Bezada, M.;Bradley, R. S. Quaternary Research, Volume: 64 p.: 308-317 (2005) 10.1016/j.yqres.2005.08.014
Lake records of Holocene climate change, Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuela, Polissar, Pratigya J. Geosciences, Amherst (2005)
Holocene paleohydrology and glacial history of the central Andes using multiproxy lake sediment studies, Abbott, M. B.; Wolfe, B. B.; Wolfe, A. P.; Seltzer, G. O.; Aravena, R.; Mark, B. G.; Polissar, P. J.;Rodbell, D. T.;Rowe, H. D.;Vuille, M. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Volume: 194 p.: 123-138 (2003) 10.1016/S0031-0182(03)00274-8
Carbon isotopes in aquatic plants, Long Valley caldera, California as records of past hydrothermal and magmatic activity, Reid Jr., J. B.;Reynolds, J. L.; Connolly, N. T.; Getz, S. L.; Polissar, P. J.; Winship, L. J.; Hainsworth, L. J. Geophysical Research Letters, Volume: 25, Issue: 15 p.: 2853-2856 (1998) 10.1029/98GL01854
Using the sunspot cycle to date ice cores, Steig, E. J.;Morse, D. L.; Waddington, E. D.; Polissar, P. J. Geophysical Research Letters, Volume: 25, Issue: 2 p.: 163-166 (1998) 10.1029/97GL03566
Large amplitude solar modulation cycles of 10Be in Antarctica: implications for atmospheric mixing processes and interpretation of the ice core record, Steig, E. J.; Polissar, P. J.; Stuiver, M.; Grootes, P. M.; Finkel, R. C. Geophysical Research Letters, Volume: 23, Issue: 5 p.: 523 (1996) 10.1029/96GL00255
Sliding rocks at the Racetrack, Death Valley: What makes them move?, Reid Jr., J. B.; Bucklin, E. P.; Copenagle, L.; Kidder, J.; Pack, S. M.; Polissar, P. J.;Williams, M. L. Geology, Volume: 23, Issue: 9 p.: 819-822 (1995) 10.1130/0091-7613(1995)​023<0819:SRATRD>​2.3.CO;2