Elizabeth M. Niespolo


As a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Berkeley Department of Earth and Planetary Science, my research utilizes 40Ar/39Ar and U-series geochronology to constrain records of past climate and human biological and cultural evolution in time.

For more about my past and current work, please see the research tabs. 

Recent and ongoing affiliations:

Previous affiliations:
UC Berkeley (Astronomy) (Classics)

Return from the Afar

posted Jan 9, 2018, 10:08 AM by Elizabeth Niespolo

I just returned from nearly two months of fieldwork in the Middle Awash region of Afar, Ethiopia. It was a very productive season!

Goldschmidt 2017

posted Aug 24, 2017, 10:46 AM by Elizabeth Niespolo

I recently returned from the Goldschmidt conference in Paris - I gave a talk there on patterns of secondary uranium uptake in ostrich eggshells and their relevance for determining U-Th burial ages. You can find the abstract to the presentation here.

Intercalibration and age of ACs now in print in Quaternary Geochronology

posted May 5, 2017, 9:40 AM by Elizabeth Niespolo

The article in press at QG is now in print. Access to the article is free on the website using this link until June 15. After that, please see my Publications Page for a pdf of the article.

Interview on The Graduates (UC Berkeley Radio, KALX 90.7 FM)

posted Apr 10, 2017, 12:47 PM by Elizabeth Niespolo

Tune in tomorrow (4/11) at 9am to hear my interview with Tesla Monson, Ph.D. candidate and host of The Graduates! Click here to read the details and access the online streaming episode tomorrow.

New Affiliation: UC Museum of Paleontology

posted Apr 5, 2017, 2:34 PM by Elizabeth Niespolo

The University of California Museum of Paleontology contains world class collections of fossils and casts. I have recently been awarded affiliation with the museum - check out their website here.

Presenting on Stable Isotopes in Ostrich Eggshells at the Paleoanthropology Society meeting & SAA

posted Mar 31, 2017, 10:11 AM by Elizabeth Niespolo

This week I am in Vancouver presenting results on stable isotope proxies for paleovegetation and paleoprecipitation at East African rockshelter sequences. I presented at the Paleoanthropology Society meeting and the research was well received by the audience! My Research page will have some updated figures and details of the project, coming soon...

Fucino Basin, Italy: Article published in Quaternary Science Reviews

posted Jan 19, 2017, 9:33 AM by Elizabeth Niespolo   [ updated Jan 19, 2017, 9:34 AM ]

The Fucino Basin research group lead by Biagio Giaccio is an exceptional multi-national collaborative team of which I am proud to be a member. Our paper entitled "First integrated tephrochronological record for the last ∼190 kyr from the Fucino Quaternary lacustrine succession, central Italy" is now available online at Quaternary Science Reviews. Here, we produce new 40Ar/39Ar ages for 5 tephras from an 83-m long composite core, in addition to using a number of geochemical correlations, to tie 19 out of 23 visible tephras to their respective volcanic origin. A link to the article can be found here, or on the Publications page. 

STEM Student Spotlight in Scientific American

posted Jan 6, 2017, 10:10 AM by Elizabeth Niespolo

Check out my interview with Terri Burns at Scientific American, featured online in a STEM Student Spotlight:

Paper accepted

posted Sep 15, 2016, 10:51 AM by Elizabeth Niespolo   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 12:18 PM ]

My manuscript entitled "Intercalibration and age of the Alder Creek sanidine 40Ar/39Ar standard" has been accepted for publication in Quaternary Geochronology. The pdf is available under the Publications tab of this site. 

Ph.D. Candidate

posted Mar 26, 2016, 8:47 PM by Elizabeth Niespolo   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 5:05 PM ]

On March 4, I passed my qualifying exam and am now officially a Ph.D. candidate! 

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