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Dr Lisa Baldini, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41943
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: S110
Assistant Professor, Hazards and Surface Change
Assistant Professor, Ice Sheets and Sea Level

Contact Dr Lisa Baldini (email at l.m.baldini@durham.ac.uk)


I am a palaeoclimatologist, specialising in the use of stable isotopes and trace elements in stalagmite carbonate to reconstruct past climate. To strengthen palaeoclimate proxy interpretations, my research includes investigation of modern climate-isotope systematics including the influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation, hurricanes, and ITCZ migration on circum-North Atlantic precipitation isotopes. To quantify how the climate signal is emplaced in speleothem carbonate geochemistry, I also study the hydrology and geochemistry of cave drip water. Through long-term reconstructions of past climate, I hope to contribute to our understanding of the relative influence of natural (atmosphere/ocean/volcanic/solar) versus anthropogenic (greenhouse gas and aerosol emissions) forcings on Earth's climate on timescales ranging from annual to millennial. I am also keen to apply insights gleaned from my palaeoclimate research to enhance prediction of and increase resilience to future climate change.

  • 2016 - Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Durham University
  • 2010 - 2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate, ERC HURRICANE Project, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University
  • 2008 - 2010: Marie Curie Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University
  • 2008: PhD, Palaeoclimatology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • 2006 - 2008: Re-Os Isotope Technician, Durham University
  • 2001: MSc, Stable Isotope Geochemistry and Palaeoecology, Department of Geology, University of Georgia, USA
  • 1995 - 1998: Research Fellow, Oakridge Research Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), US Army Environmental Center, Maryland, USA
  • 1995: BSc, Geology, James Madison University, Virginia, USA

Research Groups

Department of Geography

Research Projects

Department of Earth Sciences


Research Interests

  • Quantifying the impacts of climate change on modern Maya subsistence farming communities in Belize
  • Unravelling the nature of, and the human response to, the extreme climate events that led to the 11th C Classic Maya civilisation collapse
  • Palaeoclimate reconstruction using geochemical proxies in stalagmites
  • North Atlantic Oscillation and European climate
  • Precipitation stable isotope and back trajectory analysis
  • Cave environment and hydrochemistry
  • Isotope ecology of land snails for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
  • ENSO variability and ITCZ migration
  • Long-term reconstruction of Atlantic tropical cyclone activity
  • Natural and anthropogenic forcing of climate and the environment

Teaching Areas

  • L1 Academic Advisor

  • L1 Understanding Earth's Principles

  • L2 Dissertation Supervisor

  • L2 Geochemistry of the Environment

  • L2 Scientific Research in Geography

  • L3 Dissertation Supervisor

  • L3 Geochemical Applications

  • L3 Past Climates of the Low Latitudes

  • MSci Research Project Supervisor

  • PhD Supervisor to Mr Xiangwen Fan and Ms Raquel Chun

Selected Publications

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Media Contacts

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