Comer Fellows in the Field: Aaron Putnam

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 in Comer Fellows, fellows

An expedition in Bhutan examines climate, glaciers and water resources in the Himalayas

  • Bhutan Glacier by David Putnam
  • Bhutan camp by Aaron Putnam
  • David Putnam and Bhutan Glacier by Michael Roberts
  • Bhutan glacier by Aaron Putnam

Read more about the Bhutan expedition:
Scientist At Work, Notes from the Field, Aaron Putnam’s blog hosted by NYTimes.com.

Bhutan’s Melting Glaciers Hold a Mirror to Earth’s Future Climate, by Matt Rhodes, Medill at Northwestern University.

Bhutan Expedition | Edward Cook Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University; Paul Krusic University of Stockholm; Josh Maurer Brigham Young University; David Putnam University of Maine at Presque Isle; Tshewang Rigzin Department of Hyrometerological Services, Royal Government of Bhutan; Summer Rupper Brigham Young University; Joerg Schaefer Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University; Pashupati Ssarma Department of Hyrometerological Services, Royal Government of Bhutan; Scott Travis Comer Family Foundation

Taklamakan Desert, southwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwest China

  • Taklamakan China by David Putnam
  • China Desert by Aaron Putnam
  • China Desert

Read more about Putnam’s Work in China: Where’s the Water? Signs of Ancient Lakes in China’s Parched Desert, by Rosa Lin and Gretchen Roecker, Medill at Northwestern University.


Cordillera Darwin Mountain Range, Patagonia, Chile

  • Cordillera Darwin Brooks by Aaron Putnam
  • Cordillera Darwin Brooks by Aaron Putnam

Read more about Comer Fellow’s work in Cordillera Darwin.

Chronology of Late Holocene Moraines, Cordillera Darwin, by Brenda Hall & Charlier Porter, University of Maine Climate Change Institute.

Charlie Porter remembered as a dear friend and a valued member of the University of Maine research team.

Chilean Expedition | George H. Denton University of Maine Climate Change Institute; Brenda L. Hall University of Maine Climate Change Institute; Michael R. Kaplan Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University; Jennifer Lennon University of Maine Climate Change Institute; Thomas V. Lowell University of Cincinnatti; Charles T. Porter University of Maine Climate Change Institute; Jorge Strelin University of Cordoba; Scott Travis Comer Family Foundation

Southern Alps, New Zealand

  • Southern Alps New Zealand
  • Southern Alps New Zealand by Toby Koffman

See more about the Lamont Doherty team’s research in New Zealand:

The technique used to track the movement of glaciers through time is called surface exposure dating, and in a new video produced by the American Museum of Natural History, a professional film crew follows the scientists from New Zealand to Lamont’s geochemistry lab in Palisades, NY to show how the process works.

Shrinking Glaciers: A Chronology of Climate Change
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, July 20, 2012.


Wind River Range, Wyoming, United States

  • Wind River Range Wyoming by Sean Birkel
  • Wind River Range Wyoming by Sean Birkel

Read More about Glacier History of the Western United States – Wind River Range, Wyoming & the Sierra Nevada, California.



Read more about Aaron Putnam’s research:
Wind and Rain Belts to Shift North as Planet Warms, Says Study
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, September 23, 2013.


Slideshow Images | Bhutan Images © Aaron Putnam; China Images © Aaron Putnam & David Putnam; Chile Images © Aaron Putnam; New Zealand Images © Toby Koffman & Aaron Putnam; Wyoming Images © Sean Birkel; Home Slideshow © Sean Birkel