Investigating the ecological and climatic history of Africa, with emphasis on the last 2,000 years, as revealed in high-resolution microfossil records obtained from lake sediment cores.   Supported by the National Science Foundation since 1980, and involving undergraduate students from Paul Smith's College since June, 2000.
Map showing locations of the 4 main study sites described here
    This website summarizes much of the work that my students, colleagues, and I have been involved with over the years, including our latest investigations in South Africa.  Various pages include basic descriptions of our primary findings along with downloadable copies of papers and grant proposals describing the studies in more detail.
    If you'd like more information about any of these topics, please contact me at
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Curt Stager and students Jay White and Christiaan King coring a small lake between Cape Agulhas and Cape Town, South Africa, in May, 2009.