Yarrow Axford

Yarrow Axford

Assistant Professor
Email: yarrow at
Location: Tech F394/F395

Ph.D. University of Colorado, Dept. of Geological Sciences
M.S. Utah State University, Dept. of Geology
A.B. Mount Holyoke College, Dept. of Geology

Research Website


I study climate and environmental change, primarily through the lens of paleolimnology (the study of lake sediments and past lake environments). My current work is aimed at understanding climate change in Arctic and alpine environments. Much of my research has focused on the Holocene (the last 11,000 years of Earth's history), but I study timescales ranging from the Pliocene to the present


EARTH-102: Global Warming: The Scientific Evidence
ISEN-410: Contemporary Topics in Energy and Climate Change

Selected Publications

Axford, Y., Briner, J.P., Francis, D.R., Miller, G.H., Walker, I.R., and Wolfe, A.P. 2011. Chironomids record terrestrial temperature changes throughout arctic interglacials of the past 200,000 years. Geological
Society of America Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B30329.1.

Young, N.E., Briner, J.P., Stewart, H.A., Axford, Y., Csatho, B., Rood, D.H., and Finkel, R.C. 2011. The response of Jakobshavn Isbræ to Holocene climate change. Geology 39, 131-134. pdf

Axford, Y., Briner, J.P., Cooke, C.A., Francis, D.R., Michelutti, N., Miller, G.H., Smol, J.P., Thomas, E.K., Wilson, C.R., and Wolfe, A.P. 2009. Recent changes in a remote Arctic lake are unique within the past 200,000 years. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106,18443-18446. pdf

Kaufman, D.S., Schneider, D.P., McKay, N.P., Ammann, C.M., Bradley, R.S., Briffa K.R., Miller, G.H., Otto-Bliesner, B.L., Overpeck, J.T., Vinther, B.M., Arctic Lakes 2k Project Members (Abbott, M., Axford, Y., Bird, B., Birks, H.J.B., Bjune, A.E., Briner, J., Cook, T., Chipman, M., Francus, P., Gajewski, K., Geirsdóttir, Á., Hu, F.S., Kutchko, B., Lamoureux, S., Loso, M., MacDonald, G., Peros, M., Porinchu, D., Schiff, C., Seppä, H., Thomas, E.). 2009. Recent warming reverses long-term Arctic cooling. Science 325, 1236-1239.

Axford, Y., Briner, J.P., Miller, G.H., and Francis, D.R. 2009. Paleoecological evidence for abrupt cold reversals during peak Holocene warmth in Arctic Canada. Quaternary Research. DOI 10.1016/j.yqres.2008.09.006.

Axford, Y., Geirsdóttir, Á., Miller, G.H., and Langdon, P.G. 2009. Climate of the Little Ice Age and the last 2000 years in northeastern Iceland inferred from chironomids and other lake sediment proxies. Journal of Paleolimnology. DOI 10.1007/s10933-008-9251-1.

Research Interests

  • Paleoclimate, Paleolimnology, Arctic environments


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