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The Gary Comer Abrupt Climate Change Fellowship was established in 2002 to support scientists studying the causes and consequences of abrupt changes in climate by funding post-docs, graduate students and technicians.

Comer Fellows Publications

Since 2003, Comer Fellows have published over 300 papers in globally recognized scientific journals. These papers were a result of work by a brilliant, dedicated group of scientists whose research was made possible in part by Comer Family Foundation support. Browse a full inventory of published work.

Comer Fellows & Changelings Climate Conference Attendees

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Note: Not all Comer Fellows are pictured; * indicates Changeling; Changelings not pictured: Steve Barker, Peter Huybers, Ule Ninneman, Ray Pierrehumbert, Ros Rikaby

Jess Adkins
Jess Adkins *
Professor of Geochemistry &
Global Environmental Science
California Institute of Technology
Guleed Ali
Guleed Ali
Graduate Research Assistant
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Columbia University
Richard-Alley
Richard Alley *
Evan Pugh Professor
Department of Geosciences
Penn State University
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Robert Anderson *
Ewing Lamont Research Professor
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
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Jacqueline Austermann
Newton International Fellow
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Cambridge
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Alexandria Balter
Research Assistant
School of Earth & Climate Sciences
The University of Maine
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Edouard Bard
Professor Chair
Climate & Ocean Evolution
Collège de France
David-Battisti
David Battisti *
Professor & Tamaki Endowed Chair
Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington
Joe-Berry
Joseph A. Berry
Professor
Department of Global Ecology
Carnegie Institution for Science
Stanford University
Sean-Birkel
Sean Birkel
Research Assistant Professor
Climate Change Institute
The University of Maine
Doug-Boyle
Douglas Boyle
Associate Professor &
State Climatologist
University of Nevada, Reno
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Gordon Bromley
Research Assistant Professor
Climate Change Institute
The University of Maine
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Ed Brook *
Professor
Geology Program Director
Oregon State University
Wally-Broecker
Wallace S. Broecker *
Newberry Professor of Geology
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
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Christo Buizert
Assistant Professor
Oregon State University
Suzanne-Carbotte
Suzanne Carbotte
Bruce C. Heezen Research Professor
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
Christine-Chen
Christine Chen
Graduate Student
MIT-WHOI Joint Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Hai Cheng
Senior Research Scientist
College of Earth Sciences
University of Minnesota
John-Chiang
John Chiang *
Professor
Department of Geography
University of California, Berkeley
Philip-Conkling
Philip Conkling
Writer
Island Institute Founder
Philip Conkling & Associates
George-Denton
George Denton *
Professor
School of Earth & Climate Sciences
Climate Change Institute
The University of Maine
Alice-Doughty
Alice M. Doughty
Neukom Fellow
Department of Earth Sciences
Dartmouth University
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Larry Edwards *
Regents, Gunn, & Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Minnesota
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Abigail Foerstner
Medial School of Journalism
Northwestern University
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Roger Fu
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Harvard University
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Yonaton Goldsmith
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
Brenda-Hall
Brenda Hall
Associate Professor
Glacial & Quaternary Studies
Climate Change Institute
The University of Maine
Benjamin-Hatchett
Benjamin Hatchett
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Nevada, Reno
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Stephanie Heath
Graduate Assistant
University of Cincinnati
Sidney-Hemming
Sidney Hemming
Professor
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
John-Higgins
John A. Higgins
Assistant Professor
Department of Geosciences
Princeton University
David-Hodell
David Hodell
Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
Cambridge University
Adam-Hudson
Adam Hudson
Postdoctoral Fellow
U.S. Geological Survey
Mike Kaplan
Michael Kaplan
Associate Research Professor
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
Richard-Katz
Richard Katz
Professor of Geodynamics
Department of Earth Sciences
The University of Oxford
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Meredith Kelly
Associate Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
Dartmouth College
Dennis-Kent
Dennis Kent *
Adjunct Senior Research Scientist
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
Courtney-King
Courtney King
Ph.D. Student
Climate Change Institute
The University of Maine
Toby-Koffman
Toby Koffman
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
Klaus Lackner
Klaus Lackner
Professor
Director of Center for Negative Carbon Emissions
Arizona State University
Charles Langmuir
Charles Langmuir *
Professor of Geochemistry
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Harvard University
Tom-Lowell
Thomas Lowell
Professor
Department of Geology
University of Cincinnati
Francis-Macdonald
Francis MacDonald
Associate Professor of Natural Sciences
Earth & Planetary Sciences
Harvard University
David-McGee-New
David McGee
Assistant Professor of Paleoclimatology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jerry-McManus
Jerry McManus
Professor
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
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Peter de Menocal
Dean of Science
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
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Peter Hale Molnar
Professor
University of Colorado Boulder
Gina-Moseley
Gina Moseley
Innsbruck Quaternary Research Group
University of Innsbruck, Austria
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Zachary Naiman
Systems Integration & Architecture
The University of Arizona
Meredith-Nettles
Meredith Nettles
Associate Professor
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
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Nathan Norris
Graduate Student
Climate Change Institute
The University of Maine
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Carly Peltier
Graduate Student
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Columbia University
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Jill Pelto
Graduate Student
Climate Change Institute
The University of Maine
Aaron-Putnam
Aaron Putnam *
Assistant Professor
Climate Change Institute
The University of Maine
Jay-Quade
Jay Quade
Professor
Soil Geochemistry
The University of Arizona
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Mariah Radue
Graduate Research Assistant
Climate Change Institute
The University of Maine
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Andy Ridgwell
Professor
University of California Riverside
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Joellen Russell *
Associate Professor
Biogeochemical Dynamics
The University of Arizona
Joerg-Schaefer
Joerg Schaefer
Adjunct Professor & Head, Cosmogenic Dating Group
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
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Morgan Schaller
Research Associate, Lecturer
Dept of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Rutgers University
Roseanne-Schwartz
Roseanne Schwartz
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
Jeff-Severinghaus-New
Jeff Severinghaus *
Professor
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
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Kevin Stark
Journalist
San Francisco Public Press
Elena Steponaitis
Elena Steponaitis
Ph.D. Candidate
Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Scott-Stine-New
Scott Stine
Professor
Anthropology, Geography & Environmental Studies
California State University, East Bay
Peter Strand
Peter Strand
Ph.D. Student & Research Assistant
Climate Change Institute
The University of Maine
Jorge-Strelin
Jorge Adrián Strelin
Senior Researcher
Licenciado en Ciencias Geológicas
Universidad de Cordoba
Danny-Sigman
Daniel Sigman *
Dusenbury Professor
Geological & Geophysical Sciences
Princeton University
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Holly Thomas
School of Earth & Climate Sciences
The University of Maine
Robbie-Toggweiler
J. Robert Toggweiler *
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
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Jim Wright
Professor & Graduate Program Director
Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Rutgers University
Nicholas-Young
Nicolas Young
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
Wang-Xianfeng
Wang Xianfeng
Assistant Professor
Earth Observatory of Singapore
Annual Comer Climate Change Conference, October 2016

Annual Comer Climate Conference, October 2016

Comer Climate Conference, October 2015

Annual Comer Climate Conference, October 2015

The annual Abrupt Climate Change Conference was held in Wisconsin in October, 2014.

Annual Comer Climate Conference, October 2014

Comer Climate Conference

The Comer Climate Conference is held each fall in Wisconsin. Comer Fellows and guests convene from all over the world to present and discuss their current research. The conference is covered by Medill Comer Scholars who have the opportunity to attend presentations and interview scientists.


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