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University of Rochester Ice Core and Atmospheric Chemistry Lab


Opening for PhD Student

The ice core laboratory has an opening for a new PhD student, who would start in the summer or fall of 2020. Please contact Vasilii Petrenko at for more information, or see our department website for information on how to apply.

Summit Greenland Panorama
Photo by L.Davidge

Welcome to the University of Rochester Ice Core and Atmospheric Chemistry Lab website. Here you can find information about our research, the members of our research group, and the facilities we have in our laboratory.

Please follow our expedition blog for information about our field campaigns!

Taylor Glacier Terminus
Photo by P.Neff
Packing ice cores in melter
Photo by C.Buizert
Glacier front at Greenland
Photo by X.Fain
Backlit Ice Layers
Photo by L.Davidge
Driving over the Greenland Ice Sheet
Photo by X.Fain

Recent Publications

Vimont, I.J., J.C. Turnbull, V.V. Petrenko, P.F. Place, C. Sweeney, N. Miles, S. Richardson, B.H. Vaughn, J.W.C. White. 2019. An improved estimate for the δ13 C and δ18 O signatures of carbon monoxide produced from atmospheric oxidation of volatile organic compounds. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19, 8547 – 8562.

Bauska, T.K., E.J. Brook, S.A. Marcott, D. Baggenstos, S. Shackleton, J.P. Severinghaus, V.V. Petrenko. 2018. Controls on atmospheric CO2 during the last glacial period. Geophysical Research Letters. 45, 7731–7740.

Baggenstos, D., T.K. Bauska, J.P. Severinghaus, J.E. Lee, H. Schaefer, C. Buizert, E.J. Brook, S. Shackleton, V.V. Petrenko. 2017. Atmospheric gas records from Taylor Glacier, Antarctica, reveal ancient ice with ages spanning the entire last glacial cycle. Climate of the Past. 13, 943–958.

Vimont, I.J., J.C. Turnbull, V.V. Petrenko, P.F. Place, A. Karion, N.L. Miles, S.J.  Richardson, K. Gurney, R. Patarasuk, C. Sweeney, B. Vaughn, J.W.C. White. 2017. Carbon monoxide isotopic measurements in Indianapolis constrain urban source isotopic signatures and support mobile fossil fuel emissions as the dominant wintertime CO source. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 5: 63.

Petrenko, V.V., A.M. Smith, H. Schaefer, K. Riedel, E.J. Brook, D. Baggenstos, C. Harth, Q. Hua, C. Buizert, A. Schilt, X. Fain, L. Mitchell, T. Bauska, A. Orsi, R.F. Weiss, J.P. Severinghaus. 2017. Minimal geological methane emissions during the Younger Dryas – Preboreal abrupt warming event. Nature. 548, 443 – 446.

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Recent News

Antarctic scientists begin hunt for sky’s ‘detergent’: Nature Article on upcoming Law Dome Project, November 2018

Antarctic ice mission seeks mystery molecules that scrub sky: Article on upcoming Law Dome Project, October 2018

Could the key to reversing climate change lie beneath the Antarctic? Scientists will drill 800ft deep holes in ice sheets to find a mystery 'detergent' that could clean the air of harmful greenhouse gases: Daily Mail article on upcoming Law Dome Project, October 2018

"Why does ice make that sound?": An analysis of the sound in Peter's ice drop video, April 2018

Viral video of ice dropping into a borehole originally tweeted by Peter, February 2018.

"The real ice sheets of Antarctica": Antarctic project featured on NASA's climate blog, February 2016.

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