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Dr. Maria Caffrey

Specialities: Paleoenvironmental reconstruction, palynology, Quaternary environments
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Maria Caffrey is a paleoresearcher specializing in reconstructing tropical environments using lake sediments. She has been involved in a number of projects; such as, using surface pollen to examine the extent of invasive species along the Baja peninsula, Mexico; reconstructing Holocene climate changes in highland Guatemala from pollen assemblages in a peatland profile; examining subalpine fire history from pollen and charcoal in lake cores from Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado; and testing the use of heavy liquid separation of pollen from sediments from the Manix Basin, California. Her most recent research investigates 8000 years of paleoenvironmental change from Laguna Saladilla, Dominican Republic.

Contact Information

Dr. Maria Caffrey
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
410 Burchfiel Geography Bldg.
Knoxville, TN 37996-0925
Phone: (865) 974-8357
Fax: (865) 974-6025

As part of her research she also examined the impact of tectonic versus climatic processes on the character of Holocene lacustrine sediments from the Caribbean region using a combination of sedimentary proxy data and ground penetrating radar (GPR). In addition to teaching 131, Maria also teaches upper division classes dealing with natural hazards and climate change and human interactions.