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Molly Patterson


Assistant Professor of Geology

PhD, 2015

Victoria University of Wellington (Antarctic Research Centre)

Office: Science 1, Room 159

Telephone: (607) 777-4378

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Research Interests:

  • Sedimentology, stratigraphy, cyclostratigraphy
  • Paleoceanography
  • Paleoclimatology



Geol 414/514: Climate and Paleoclimate
Geol 115: Global Change: A Geological Perspective
Geol 112: Oceanography



  • Grant, G.R., Sefton, J.P., Patterson, M.O., Naish, T.R., Dunbar, G.B., Hayward, B.W., Morgans, H.E.G., Alloway, B.V., Seward, D., Tapia, C.A., Prebble, J.G., Kamp, P.J.J., McKay, R., Ohnieser, C., Turner, G. in review Quaternary Science Reviews Mid- to late Pliocene (3.3-2.6 Ma) global sea-level fluctuations recorded on a continental shelf transect, Whanganui Basin, New Zealand.
  • Habicht, H., Castaneda, I, Patterson, M., Brigham-Grette. J. in review Quaternary Science Reviews Middle Pleistocene temperature and vegetation change at Lake El'gygytgyn, Arctic Russia.

  • Patterson, M., McKay, R., Naish, T., Wilson, G., Ohneiser, C., Woodard, S., Bostock, H., and Caballero-Gill, R. in review Paleoceanography and paleoclimatology Long-term changes in Pliocene stable isotope stratigraphy: new insights from the southwest Pacific.

  • Bertman, R., Wilson, D. J., van de Flierdt, T., McKay, R., Patterson, M.O., Jimmene-Espejo, F. J., Escutia, C., Duke, G., Taylor-Silva, B., Riesselman, C. 2018, Pliocene deglacial event timelines and the biogeochemical response offshore Wilkes Subglacial Basin, East Antarctica, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 494, p. 109-116.

  • McKay, R.M., De Santis, L., Kulhanek, D.K., and the Expedition 374 Scientists, 2018. Expedition 374 Preliminary Report: Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History. International Ocean Discovery Program, 374.

  • Levy, R., Harwood, D., Florindo, F., Sangiorgi, F., Tripati, R., von Eynatten, H., Gasson, E., Kuhn, G., Tripati, A., DeConto, R., Fielding, C., Field, B., Golledge, N., McKay, R., Naish, T., Olney, M., Pollard, D., Schouten, S., Talarico, F., Warny, S., Willmott, V., Acton, G., Panter, K., Paulsen, T., Taviani, M., & SMS Science Team, 2016, Antarctic ice sheet sensitivity to atmospheric CO2 variations in the early to mid-Miocene: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1516030113.
  • Patterson, M., McKay, R., Naish, T., Escutia, C., Jimenez-Espejo, F. J., Raymo, M., Meyers, S., Tauxe, L., Benkhuis, H. and IODP Exp. 318 Scientist, 2014, Orbital forcing of the East Antarctic ice sheet during the Pliocene and Early Pleistocene: Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo2273. 
  • Cook, C. P., van de Flierdt, T., Williams, T. J., Hemmings, S. R., Iwai, M., Kobayashi, M., Jimenez-Espejo, F. J., Escutia, C., Gonzalez, J. J., Khim, B-K., McKay, R., Passhier, S., Bohaty, S. M., Riesselman, C., Tauxe, L., Sugisaki, S., Galindo, A L., Patterson, M.O., Sangiorgi, F., Pierce, E. L., Brinkhui, H. F., Klaus, A., Fehr, A., Bendle, J. A. P., Bijl, P., and IODP Exp. 318 Scientist, 2013, Dynamic Behaviour of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet during Pliocene Warmth: Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo1889.
  • Patterson, M.O. and Ishman, S. E., 2012, Neogene benthic foraminiferal assemblages and paleoenvironmetal record for McMurdo Sound, Antarctica: Geosphere, v. 8, no. 6, p.1331-1341. 

Last Updated: 6/18/18