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Peter Puleo



Educational Background: BA, 2019, Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), Northwestern University; PhD, Anticipated 2024, EPS, Northwestern University. 

Publications: Late glacial and Holocene paleoenvironments in the midcontinent United States, inferred from Geneva Lake leaf wax, ostracode valve, and bulk sediment chemistry; Younger Dryas and Early Holocene Climate in South Greenland Inferred from Chironomid, Moss, and Cellulose Oxygen Isotopes; Duration and Ice Thickness of a Late Holocene Outlet Glacier Advance near Narsarsuaq, South Greenland. 

Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship; Graduate Service Award, EPS, Northwestern University; Scott Award for Outstanding Graduate Research, EPS, Northwestern University.


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Since 1970, global temperatures have risen more than a degree Fahrenheit, yet, despite dire warnings from climate scientists, humanity continues to emit climate-warming greenhouse gases at record pace. In the past two decades we have seen the increasing effects of devastating sea level rise, stronger and more powerful storms, longer droughts, deadly heat waves, destructive wildfires, accelerating loss of the world?s rainforests, growing species extinction rates, and changing water availability. In this course, we will explore the scientific explanation of contemporary climate change as well as the economic origins of our fossil fuel addiction. We will discuss future projections of climate change, the underpinnings of modern ?climate change denial?, and whether we can avoid what scientists call ?catastrophic climate change? in this century. We will consider current news articles, and articles in the scientific literature. We will address relevant policy solutions/responses, and screen relevant documentaries/news clips. Class work will involve group work, critical thinking, quantitative practice, relevant scientific readings, qualitative homework, quizzes, an exam and a final project.

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