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Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
209 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8646
(845) 365-8155


Fields of interest: 
How mountain glaciers, ice sheets, and associated landscapes changed in the past, cosmogenic surface exposure dating and geochronology, paleoclimate, and geomorphology

* How glaciers, climates, and landscapes changed in the past in southern South America, New Zealand, Antarctica, and eastern North America.

* Past climate changes around the globe at low and high frequency timescales.

List of degrees from highest to lowest:
B.A. summa cum laude
SUNY Buffalo
University of Maine-Orono
University of Colorado-Boulder
Honors & Awards: 
Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA)
Fulbright Scholar 2017
Visiting Scientist, Universidad de Magallanes, Chile

Lamont Projects:

Research Blogs:

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Selected Publications:

Holocene glacier behavior around the northern Antarctic Peninsula and possible causes Kaplan, M. R.; Strelin, J. A.; Schaefer, J. M.; Peltier, C.; Martini, M. A.; Flores, E.; Winckler, G.; Schwartz, R. Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2020)
Glacial geomorphology of the Strait of Magellan ice lobe, southernmost Patagonia, South America Soteres, Rodrigo L.; Peltier, Carly; Kaplan, Michael R.; Sagredo, Esteban A. Journal of Maps (2020)
The evolution of the Patagonian Ice Sheet from 35 ka to the present day (PATICE) Davies, Bethan J.; Darvill, Christopher, M.; Lovell, Harold; Bendle, Jacob, M.; Dowdeswell, Julian, A.; Fabel, Derek; Garcia, Juan-Luis; Geiger, Alessa; Glasser, Neil F.; Geotghui, Delia M.; Harrison, Stephan; Hein, Andrew S.; Kaplan, Michael R.; et. al. Earth-Science Reviews (2020)
New Zealand as a source of mineral dust to the atmosphere and ocean Koffman, Bess G.; Goldstein, Steven L.; Winckler, Gisela; Borunda, Alejandra; Kaplan, Michael R.; Bolge, Louise; Cai, Yue; Recasens, Cristina; Koffman, Tobias, N.B.; Vellelonga, Paul Quaternary Science Reviews (2020)
Fluvial Channel Branching Enforces Threshold Relief Cunningham, Maxwell T.; Kaplan, Michael R. Geophysical Research Letters (2020)
Glacial limitation of tropical mountain height Cunningham, Maxwell T.; Stark, Collin P.; Kaplan, Michael R.; Schaefer, Joerg M. Earth Surface Dynamics (2019)
Holocene glacier fluctuations in Patagonia are modulated by summer insolation intensity and paced by Southern Annular Mode-like variability Reynhout, Scott; Sagredo, Esteban A.; Kaplan, Michael R.; Aravena, Juan Carlos; Martini, Mateo A.; Moreno, Patricio I.; Rojas, Maisa; Schwartz, Roseanne; Schaefer, Joerg M. Science Direct (2019)
Formation and evolution of an extensive blue ice moraine in central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica Kassab,CM; Licht KJ; Petersson, R; Lindbäck, K; Graly, JA; Kaplan, MR Journal of Glaciology (2019)
Trans-pacific glacial response to the Antarctic Cold Reversal in the southern mid-latitudes Sagredo, Esteban A.; Kaplan, Michael R.; Araya, Paola, S.; Lowell, Thomas V.; Aravena, Juan C.; Moreno, Patricio I.; Kelly, Meredith A.; Schaefer, Joerg M. Quaternary Science Reviews (2018)
Onset and Evolution of Southern Annular Mode-Like Changes at Centennial Timescale Moreno, P. I.; Vilanova, I.; Villa-Martínez, R.; Dunbar, R. B.; Mucciarone, D. A.; Kaplan, M. R.; Garreaud, R.D.; Rojas, M.; Moy, C. M.; De Pol-Holz, R.; Lambert, F. Nature/Scientific Reports (2018)
Polar desert chronologies through quantitative measurements of salt accumulation Graly, Joseph A.; Licht, Kathy J.; Druschel, Gregory K.; Kaplan, Michael R. Geology, AGU (2018)
The interconnected global climate system – a review of tropical-polar teleconnections Yuan, Xiaojun; Kaplan, Michael R.; Cane, Mark Journal of Climate (2018)
Mid-latitude trans-Pacific reconstructions 1 and comparisons of coupled glacial/interglacial climate cycles based on soil stratigraphy of cover-beds Alloway B. V.; Almond, P. C.; Moreno, P. I.; Sagredo, E.; Kaplan, M. R.; Kubik,P.W.; Tonkin P. J. Quaternary Science Reviews (2018)
Late Pleistocene glacial fluctuations in Cordillera Oriental, subtropical Andes Martini, Mateo A.; Kaplan, Michael R.; Strelin, Jorge A.; Astini, Ricardo A.; Schaefer, Joerg M.; Caffee, Marc W.; Schwartz, Roseanne Quaternary Science Reviews (2017)
Recent climate warming and the Varas rock glacier activity, Cordillera Oriental, Central Andes of Argentina Martinia, Mateo A.; Strelin, Jorge A.; Flores, Eliseo; Astinia, Ricardo A.; Kaplan, Michael R. GeoResJ (2017)
Regional mid-Pleistocene glaciation in central Patagonia Hein, Andrew S.; Cogez, Antoine; Darvill, Christopher M.; Mendelova, Monika;. Kaplan, Michael R.; Herman, Frédéric; Dunai, Tibor J.; Norton, Kevin; Xu, Sheng, Marcus Christl, Marcus; Angel Rodés, Angel Quaternary Science Reviews (2017)
Glacial/interglacial changes of Southern Hemisphere wind circulation from the geochemistry of South American dust Gili, Stefania; Gaiero, Diego M.; Goldstein, Steven L.; Chemale, Farid; Jweda, Jason; Kaplan, Michael R.; Becchio, Raúl A.; Koester, Edinei Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2017)
High particulate iron(II) content in glacially sourced dusts enhances productivity of a model diatom Shoenfelt, Elizabeth M.; Sun, Jing; Winckler, Gisela; Kaplan, Michael R.; Borunda, Alejandra L; Farrell, Kayla R.; Moreno, Patricio I.; Gaiero, Diego M.; Recasens, Cristina; Sambrotto, Raymond N.; Bostick, Benjamin C. Science Advances (2017)
Geomorfología Y Cronología Glaciar Del Cuaternario En El Noroeste Argentino Martini, Mateo A.; Strelin, Jorge A.; Astini, Ricardo A.; Kaplan, Michael R. Muruaga, C.M. and Grosse, P. (Eds.), Ciencias de la Tierra y Recursos Naturales del NOA. Relatorio del XX Congreso Geológico Argentino, San Miguel de Tucumán: 825-846. (2017)
East Antarctic ice sheet stability recorded in a high-elevation ice-cored moraine Bader, Nicole A.; Licht, Kathy; Kaplan, Michael R.; Kassab, Christine; Winckler, Gisela Quaternary Science Reviews (2017)
Middle to Late Pleistocene stability of the central East Antarctic Ice Sheet at the head of Law Glacier Kaplan, M R; Licht, K; Winckler, G; Schaefer, J M; Bader, N;, Mathieson, C; Roberts, M; Kassab, C M; Schwartz, R; Graly, J Geology Volume: 45 p.: 963-966. (2017)
Patagonian and southern South Atlantic view of Holocene climate Kaplan, M.R., Schaefer, J.M., Strelin, J.A., Denton, G.H., Anderson, R.F., Vandergoes, M.J., Finkel, R.C., Schwartz, R., Travis, S.G., Garcia, J.L., Martini, M.A., Nielsen, S.H.H. Quaternary Science Reviews 2016 (2016)
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)
Surface exposure dating in the Holocene - Precise Be-10 technique for very young surfaces Finkel, R.; Schaefer, J. M.; Barrell, D.; Brown, T. A.; Denton, G.; Kaplan, M.; Putnam, A.; Rood, D.; Schluchter, C.; Schwartz, R. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta Jun Volume: 73 Issue: 13 p.: A377-A377 (2009)
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
Southern mid-latitude terminations of MIS-4, the Last Glacial Maximum and the Late Glacial period in the New Zealand moraine record Schaefer, J. M.; Kaplan, M.; Putnam, A.; Finkel, R.; Barrell, D.; Denton, G.; Schluchter, C. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta Jun Volume: 73 Issue: 13 p.: A1167-A1167 (2009)
Middle Pleistocene glaciation in Patagonia dated by cosmogenic-nuclide 2 measurements on outwash gravels Hein, AS; Hulton, NRJ; Dunai, T; Schnabel, C; Kaplan, MR; Naylor, M; , Xu, S Earth and Planetary Science Letters Volume: 286 p.: 184-197 (2009)
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 (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