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Peter Neff

Postdoctoral Associate

202 Hutchison Hall
(585) 275-7884


Research Overview

PhD, Victoria University of Wellington (2015)

MSc, University of Washington (2012)

BSc, University of Washington (2009)

I am a glaciologist and earth scientist specializing in the use of glacier ice as a medium for understanding past, present and future climate and atmospheric chemistry, and employing geochemical techniques to reveal this information. I enjoy the creativity of scientific research, the challenge of organizing and executing field-based studies, and the community that is fostered in pursuits to better understand the Earth system.

I am a member of the Petrenko ice core research group:

You can find a great article by POST Rochester about our ice core research here:

Listen to a recent WXXI radio interview, Connections hosted by Evan Dawson, with Vas Petrenko and me:

I also occasionally review news articles covering climate change at

Scientists explain what New York Magazine article on the uninhabitable earth gets wrong

Breitbart misrepresents research from 58 scientific papers to falsely claim that they disprove human-caused global warming

Selected Publications

  • Winton, VHL, Edwards, R, Delmonte, B, Ellis, A,  Andersson, PS, Bowie, A, Bertler, NAN, Neff, P and Tuohy, A (2016). Multiple sources of soluble atmospheric iron to Antarctic waters. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, doi:10.1002/2015GB005265.
  • Tuohy, A, Bertler, N, Neff, P, Edwards, R, Emanuelsson, D, Beers, T and Mayewski P (2015). Transport and deposition of heavy metals in the Ross Sea Region, Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, doi: 10.1002/2015JD023293.
  • Neff, PD and Bertler, NAN (2015). Trajectory modeling of modern dust flux to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120, 9309-9322, doi: 10.1002/2015JD023304.
  • WAIS Divide Project Members (incl. P Neff) (2015). Precise interpolar phasing of abrupt climate change during the last ice age. Nature, 520, 661-665, doi: 10.1038/nature14401.
  • Neff, PD (2014). A review of the brittle ice zone in polar ice cores. Annals of Glaciology, 55(68), 72-82, doi: 10.3189/2014AoG68A023.
  • Souney, JM, Twickler, MS, Hargreaves, GM, Bencivengo, B, Kippenhan, M, Johnson, JA, Cravens, E, Neff, PD, Nunn, R, Orsi, AJ, Popp, TJ, Rhoades, J, Vaughn, BH, Voigt, DE, Wong, GJ and Taylor KC (2014). Core handling and processing for the WAIS Divide ice-core project. Annals of Glaciology, 55(68), 15-26, doi: 10.3189/2014AoG68A008.
  • WAIS Divide Project Members (incl. P Neff) (2013). Onset of deglacial warming in West Antarctica driven by local orbital forcing, Nature, 500, 440-444, doi: 10.1038/nature12376.
  • Steig, EJ, Ding, Q, White, JWC, Küttel, M, Rupper, SB, Neumann, TA, Neff, PD, Gallant, AJE, Mayewski, PA, Taylor, KC, Hoffmann, G, Dixon, DA, Schoenemann, SW, Markle, BR, Fudge, TJ, Schneider, DP, Schauer, AJ, Teel, RP, Vaughn, BH, Burgener, L, Williams, J and Korotkikh, E (2013). Recent climate and ice-sheet changes in West Antarctica compared with the past 2,000 years. Nature Geoscience, 6(5), 372-375, doi: 10.1038/ngeo1778.
  • Neff, PD, Steig, EJ, Clark, DH, McConnell, JR, Pettit, EC and Menounos, B (2012). Ice-core net snow accumulation and seasonal snow chemistry at a temperate-glacier site: Mount Waddington, southwest British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Glaciology, 58(212), 1165-1175, doi: 10.3189/2012JoG12J078.