Yarrow Axford

Yarrow Axford

Assistant Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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
EARTH 341: Quarternary Climate Change: Ice Ages to the Age of Oil
EARTH 342 / ISEN 410: Energy and Climate Change
EARTH 450: Arctic Environments
EARTH 450: Paleolimnology

Selected Publications

Carlson, A.E., Winsor, K., Ullman, D.J., Brook, E.J., Rood, D.H., Axford, Y., LeGrande, A.N., Anslow, F.S., and Sinclair, G. 2014. Earliest Holocene south Greenland ice-sheet retreat within its late-Holocene extent. Geophysical Research Letters 41, 5514-5521.

Axford, Y., Losee, S., Briner, J.P., Francis, D.R., Langdon, P.G., and Walker, I.R. 2013. Holocene temperature history at the western Greenland Ice Sheet margin reconstructed from lake sediments. Quaternary Science Reviews 59, 87-100.

Ballantyne, A., Axford, Y., Miller, G., Otto-Bliesner, B., Rosenbloom, N., and White, J. 2013. The amplification of Arctic terrestrial surface temperatures by reduced sea-ice extent during the Pliocene. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 386, 59-67.

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.

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.

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.

Research Interests

  • Paleoclimate, Paleolimnology, Arctic environments
July 25, 2015