Jeff Pigati

Biography

I grew up in central Illinois and didn't travel much as a child. In fact, I never even saw a mountain in person until I attended summer field camp in Red Lodge, Montana at the age of 20 (no joke!). Needless to say, I was hooked immediately and have spent the last couple of decades making up for lost time. I am currently doing research all over the southwestern U.S., the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, the Middle East (Jordan), and the California Channel Islands. My work focuses primarily on using geologic deposits associated with springs and wetlands to understand the hydrologic response of small desert watersheds to past episodes of abrupt climate change. I also develop and test new and innovative methods for dating various materials by radiocarbon, including gastropod shells, old charcoal, tufa, and concentrated organic matter.