Elizabeth Niespolo, Assistant Professor of Geosciences
Research Summary: Niespolo combines field work with applications in isotope geochemistry to anchor climatic, fossil, and archaeological records to precise timescales and in relation to environmental changes. The “tool kit” of her group emphasizes radioisotopic dating with additional activities in light stable isotope geochemistry, petrology, field geology, and archaeological excavation. A major focus of her research addresses outstanding questions on the timing and tempo of human evolution, including the development of modern human behaviors and the timing of global-scale human colonization. Other research foci include using petrology and isotopes to understand paleoenvironments, crustal processes, development of new isotopic applications, and in situ measurements to investigate geochemical heterogeneity in natural materials. Niespolo is setting up a laser ablation ICP-MS and U-series geochronology laboratory at Princeton.
Assistant Professor of Geosciences
Biography: Elizabeth Niespolo is an Assistant Professor in Geosciences. She is also Associated Faculty of the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), a member of the Executive Committee for the Certificate in Archaeology program (Art & Archaeology), and is a Research Associate with the Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI) based at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Elizabeth completed her undergraduate study (2009) at the University of California Berkeley with a double major in Astrophysics and Classics. After traveling for field work, and teaching, she returned to school to complete a M.S. (2014) in Geology at California State University Long Beach and a Ph.D. (2019) in Earth & Planetary Science at Berkeley. She is from Oakland, California
Discarded ostrich shells provide timeline for our early African ancestors, The Leakey Foundation (2021)
How a geochronologist learns to “read rocks,” The Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) (2020)
In The News
Over the weekend, research fellow Claudie Beaulieu (AOS), was interviewed on Canada's national public broadcaster Radio-Canada “Les annÃ©es lumiÃ¨res” weekly scientific radio show.
On Friday, November 11, the graduate students in the Department of Geosciences hosted a collaborative Graduate Research Symposium at Lewis Library. Sponsored by the Department of Geosciences and the Princeton University Graduate School, but organized exclusively by the graduate students, the symposium was intended to showcase the holistic nature of the geosciences by encouraging contributions in atmospheric science, oceanography, paleoclimatology, Earth history, climate dynamics, geology, geoche
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Dr. Michael Slawinski, September 2011, Visiting Faculty from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, CAN
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