(518) 580 - 5948
(518) 580 - 8119
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Geosciences Associate Professor
Assistant Professor - Paleoclimatology
The Charles Lubin Family Professor for Women in Science
Phone: (518) 580-8371
Office Location: Dana 178
- Ph.D 2006 - Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New Hampshire Cognate, 2006 - College Teaching, University of New Hampshire
- M.S. 2002 - Earth System Science - Geochemical Systems, University of New Hampshire
- B.S. 1999 - Geological Sciences, University of Maine, Orono
COURSES TAUGHT AT SKIDMORE
- GE 112: Introduction to Oceanography (every Spring semester)
- GE 211: Climatology
- GE 311: Paleoclimatology
- GE 320: Global Biogeochemical Cycles
- GE 371:Independent Study
- Scribner Seminar: Dangerous Earth
RECENT THESIS STUDENTS
- Sarah Turner '15 - Resolving seasonal hydroclimatic variability in 2200 years of calcite growth in a muddy stalagmite from Yucatan, Mexico
- Cameron Rossington '15 - A statistical analysis of tropical cyclone masking patterns in published speleothem records.
- Mary Brill '14 - Stable isotope stratigraphy in Quaternary stalagmites and Devonian carbonates.
- Maryann Countryman '13 - An exploratory study of a fast-growing tropical stalagmite from the last glacial period (M.I.S. Stage 4)
- Logan D. Brenner '12 - Geochemistry of a tropical stalagmite during the last interglacial (Eemian stage)
- Aurora Pinkey-Drobnis '12 - ~2200 year annual layer chronology of a muddy stalagmite from Yucatan, Mexico
- Alena Chubet '12 - Speleothem stratigraphy and stable isotope analysis.
- Valerie Schwartz '11 - Stratigraphy of a tropical stalagmite from Yucatan, Mexico
- Audrey Wronski '10 - Geochemistry of a muddy stalagmite from Yucatan, Mexico using LA-ICPMS: 500 years of climate variations and volcanic signals.
MASTER THESIS SUPERVISED:
- Maria Rose Crosby, A Late Pleistocene to Mid-Holocene Stable Osygen Isotope Record form a Belize Stalagmite. MS Thesis, 2010. Boston College.
- James Pyburn, A2,205-year record of tropical cyclone strikes near Yucatan, Mexico, from mud layers in a stalagmite. MS Thesis, 2009, Boston College
- Logan Brenner ’12 – Named Goldwater Scholar
- Frappier, A. B. 2007. A stepwise screening system to select storm-sensitive stalagmites: Taking a targeted approach to speleothem sampling, Quaternary international. doi: 10.1016/j.quanit.2007.09.042.
- Frappier, A. B., Knutson, T., Liu, K.-b., Emanuel, K., 2007. Coordinating paleoclimate research on hurricanes with hurricane-climate theory and modeling. (In review at Tellus A)
- Frappier, A.B., D. Sahagian, S.J. Carpenter, L.A. González, and B.R. Frappier, 2007. A stalagmite proxy record of recent tropical cyclone events. Geology, v7, n. 2: 111–114; doi: 10.1130/G23145A.
- Hurtt, G., C. Wake, T. Wawrzeniak, A. Frappier, C. Girod, L. Seidel, V. Salomonson, 2006. Broadening student horizons: The development, delivery, and assessment of a new course in Earth System Science. Journal of Geoscience Education v. 54, n. 3: 329-338.
- Frappier, A. B., 2006. Empirical orthogonal function analysis of multivariate stalagmite trace element data: Detecting the 1982 El Chichón volcanic eruption. In: Archives of Climate Change in Karst, Karst Waters Institute Special Publication 10, p. 113-115. Proceedings of the symposium Climate Change: The Karst Record (IV), 26-29 May, 2006, Baile Herculane, Romania.
- Frappier, A., D. Sahagian, L. A. González, and S. J. Carpenter, 2002. El Niño events recorded by stalagmite carbon isotopes, Science v. 298, n. 5593, p.565.
Paleoclimatology, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Environmental Geology, Earth System Science, Caves and Karst, Hurricane-Climate Interactions, Climate Change and Society.
See me to hear the latest on getting involved with the Paleoclimate Underground!
- Major Research Instrumentation: Acquisition of a Light Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometer for High-Resolution Paleoclimatology and Undergraduate Education and Training in the Geosciences. A 3 year project to create a stable isotope lab at Skidmore College. 2011 - 2014.
- HURRICANE: Past hurricane activity reconstructed using cave deposits: Have humans increased storm risk? Senior 5-year European Research Council Grant to PI James Baldini of Durham University, UK. 2010 - 2014.
- Paleotempestology of the Caribbean Region: A Multi-proxy, Multi-site Study of the Spatial and Temporal Variability of Caribbean Hurricane Activity. A 5-year international collaborative project involving 13 collaborators from 4 countries. 2006 - 2011.
- Collaborative Research: Speleothem Proxies for Mayan Culture-Climate Interactions Collaboration with Shepherd University and Northern Illinois University, 2007-2010.