Michael Kaplan

After obtaining a B.A. summa cum laude from SUNY Buffalo (1992), I earned an M.Sc. at the University of Maine-Orono and a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado-Boulder. After a short stint as a Research Associate in Boulder, I was a Postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Edinburgh (Royal Society of London Postdoctoral Fellow), and at LDEO. Since 2006, I have been at LDEO.

Fields of Interest

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

Honors & Awards

Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA)

Fulbright Scholar 2017

Visiting Scientist, Universidad de Magallanes, Chile

2021-2020 publications

Sagredo, E.A, Reynhout, S.A., Kaplan, M.R., Aravena, J.C., Araya, P.S., Luckman, B.H., Schwartz, R., Schaefer, J.M. 2021. Holocene history of Rio Tranquilo Glacier, Monte San Lorenzo (47°S), Central Patagonia. Frontiers of Earth Science, Frontiers of Earth Sciences. 9: 813433.

Koffman, B.G., Goldstein, S.L., Winckler, G.W., Kaplan, M.R., Kreutz, K.J., Bolge, L., Bory, A., Biscaye, P. 2021. Late Holocene dust provenance at Siple Dome, Antarctica. Quaternary Science Reviews. Quaternary Science Reviews. 274: 107271.

Reynhout, S.A., Sagredo, E.A., Kaplan, M.R., Aravena, J.C., Soteres, R.L., Schwartz, R., Schaefer, J.M. 2021. Holocene glacier history of northeastern Cordillera Darwin, southernmost tip of South America (55°S). Quaternary Research. 105: 166–181.

Bertoa del Llano, M., Strelin, J.A., Calabozo, F.M., Kaplan, M.R., Hemming, S., Cai, Y. 2021. Late Miocene to Plio-Pleistocene volcanic and paleoenvironmental history of the Cerro Domo and Ventisqueros Mesa area, northwest James Ross Island, northern Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 417:107313.

Doughty, A.M., Kaplan, M.R., Peltier, C., Barker, S., 2021. A global maximum in glacier extent during MIS 4. Quaternary Science Reviews. 261: 106948.

Peltier, C., Kaplan, M.R., Birkel, S.D., Soteres, R.L., Sagredo, E.A., Aravena, J.C., Araos, J., Moreno, P.I., Schwartz, R., Schaefer, J.M., 2021. The large MIS 4 and long MIS 2 glacier maxima on the southern tip of South America. Quaternary Science Reviews. 262: 106858.

Denton, G.H., Putnam, A.E., Russell, J.L., Barrell, D.J.A, Schaefer, J.M., Kaplan, M.R., Strand, P.D., 2021. The Zealandia Switch: Ice age climate shifts viewed from Southern Hemisphere moraines. Quaternary Science Reviews. 257: 106771.

Cunningham, M.T., Kaplan, M.R., 2021. Fluvial channel branching enforces threshold relief, Geophysical Research Letters. 48: e2020GL091464.

Koffman, B.G., Goldstein, S.L., Winckler,G., Borunda,A., Kaplan, M.R., Bolge,L., Cai,Y., Recasens, C., Koffman,T.N.B., Vallelonga, P., 2020. New Zealand as a source of mineral dust to the atmosphere and ocean, Quaternary Science Reviews, 251, 106659.

García, J-L., Hall, B., Kaplan, M.R., Gómez, A., De Pol-Holz, R., García, V., Schaefer, J., Schwartz, R., 2020. 14C and 10Be dated Late Holocene fluctuations of Patagonian glaciers in Torres del Paine (Chile, 51ºS) and connections to Antarctic climate change, Quaternary Science Reviews, 246, 106541.

Davies, B.J., Darvill, C.M., Lovell, H., Bendle, J.M., Dowdeswell, J.A., Fabel, D., García, J.-L., Geiger, A., Glasser, N.F., Gheorgiu, D.M., Harrison, S., Hein, A.S., Kaplan, M.R., Martin, J., Mendelova, M., Palmer, A., Pelto, M., Rodés, A., Sagredo, E.A., Smedley, R., Smellie, J., Thorndycraft, V., Wolff, I., 2020. The evolution of the Patagonian Ice Sheet from 35 ka to the Present Day (PATICE), Earth Science Reviews, 204, 103152.

Soteres, R.L., Peltier, C., Kaplan, M.R., and Sagredo, E., 2020, Glacial geomorphology of the Strait of Magellan ice lobe, southernmost Patagonia, South America, Journal of Maps, 16, 299-312.

Kaplan, M.R., Strelin, J.A., Schaefer, J.M., Peltier, C., Martini, M.A., Winckler, G., Schwartz, R.,Holocene glacier behavior around the northern Antarctic Peninsula and possible causes, 2020, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 534, 116077.