Niespolo Lab, Princeton University


I combine field work with applications in isotope geochemistry to assess correlations of local and global environmental changes to evolution and adaptation.

I am an Assistant Professor at Princeton University in the Department of Geosciences. I am also an Affiliated Faculty at the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) and a Research Associate at the Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI). I recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences.

I am looking for students and post-docs to join my group: please click here for some details on how to contact me.

For interested researchers: I am setting up a Uranium-series geochronology lab at Princeton University. Please contact me if you are interested in collaborating!

For more on the science of my past and current work, please see the research tabs.


October 2022: Our paper on the Liri basin glacial deposits is out in Nature: Scientific Reports! See here for the open access link.

July-August 2022: The Niespolo lab has installed an Agilent 8900 QQQ ICP-MS and a ESL NWR ImageGEO193 excimer laser ablation system. Stay tuned for photos and details on research plans of these instruments.

February 2022: Our paper on the chronology, archaeology, and paleoclimatic context of the deepest deposits at a Middle Stone Age site in South Africa was published in Nature: Ecology and Evolution: click here to view the article!

December 2021: Our paper on geochronology of the Middle Awash (Ethiopia) Pleistocene deposits are in press at PNAS: click here for the open-access article!

Archived updates:

April 2021: Caltech: measuring ventilation to quantify COVID-19 Risk. Link here.

Society of Women in Physical Sciences blog post — May 3, 2018 10:37:46 PM

Article published in PLOS One — Mar 5, 2018 3:51:29 AM

South Africa: exploring the timing of early modern human behaviors — Jan 29, 2018 6:06:11 PM

Return from the Afar — Jan 9, 2018 6:08:36 PM

Goldschmidt 2017 — Aug 24, 2017 5:46:05 PM

Intercalibration and age of ACs now in print in Quaternary Geochronology — May 5, 2017 4:40:50 PM

Interview on The Graduates (UC Berkeley Radio, KALX 90.7 FM) — Apr 10, 2017 7:47:27 PM

New Affiliation: UC Museum of Paleontology — Apr 5, 2017 9:34:05 PM

Presenting on Stable Isotopes in Ostrich Eggshells at the Paleoanthropology Society meeting & SAA — Mar 31, 2017 5:11:01 PM

Fucino Basin, Italy: Article published in Quaternary Science Reviews — Jan 19, 2017 5:33:52 PM

STEM Student Spotlight in Scientific American — Jan 6, 2017 6:10:41 PM

Paper accepted — Sep 15, 2016 5:51:45 PM

Ph.D. Candidate — Mar 27, 2016 3:47:21 AM

First Results from the Fucino Basin Published — Jan 1, 2016 12:48:28 PM

AGU Abstract Accepted — Oct 20, 2015 7:38:08 PM

Sicily Excursion on Orbital Tuning — Oct 20, 2015 6:13:21 PM

Summer field work — Aug 3, 2015 11:07:10 PM

Institute of International Studies Research Grant — Mar 26, 2015 5:32:26 PM