Clarke is a Research Geographer at the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center. She received a PhD in Environmental Science (Paleoecology) from UC Berkeley. Since joining the USGS in 2021, she has been researching hydroclimate variability and anthropogenic environmental change in western North America during the Holocene.
Since starting at the Menlo Park office of GMEG, Clarke is currently focused on producing well-dated, high-resolution reconstructions of past climate to understand climate variability in western North America, particularly extreme hydrologic events. This work is part of the Drivers and Impacts of North Pacific Climate Variability in the Climate Research and Development Program.
2021 - Present, Postdoctoral Scholar, USGS, Menlo Park, CA
2019-2021, Graduate Research Fellow, Center for Ecosystem Climate Solutions, CA
2016-2021, Graduate Research Fellow, UC Berkeley, CA
Education and Certifications
Ph.D., Environmental Science, UC Berkeley, 2021
M.Sc., Biodiversity Conservation, University of Oxford, 2016 (Rhodes Scholar)
M.Sc., Water Policy, University of Oxford, 2015
B.A., Chemistry, Smith College, 2014 (summa cum laude)