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Madelyn J. Mette, Ph.D.

My research aims to understand the impacts and variability of North Atlantic surface currents and rapid climate changes of the recent past (Late Holocene). Trained in the methods of sclerochronology, I measure the physical and chemical properties within the shells of marine bivalves as proxies for past environmental variability.

I completed a B.A. in Geology at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, a Ph.D. in Geology (co-major in Environmental Science) at Iowa State University, and a postdoc at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen, Norway. I joined the Corals and Paleoclimate research group at USGS in 2020 to contribute to the study of climate variability and ocean circulation through reconstruction of past environments, specializing in sclerochronological tools applied to bivalve mollusk proxy archives.