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Jonathan LaRiviere

Jonathan LaRiviere

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer


Office: Varsi Hall 207
Phone: (408) 551-3081

BS, James Madison University
MS, Southern Illinois University
PhD, University of California Santa Cruz

As an instructor, I aim to engage students in active learning by providing hands-on laboratory and field experiences and by providing opportunities for students to use data to better understand Earth systems concepts. I believe a well-designed science course should provide all students with strategies for constructively engaging with science in their everyday lives, and students who are considering the possibility of pursuing a career in science and technology should leave the course with confidence that such a career is within reach.

My research is focused on using the geochemistry of deep-sea sediments to reconstruct the sea-surface temperature and paleoclimate histories of the past ~13 million years. This time interval spans a large range of climate conditions—from the warmer-than-modern times of the late Miocene and early Pliocene to the ice ages of the Pleistocene. I am drawn to studying these long time-scales because they allow us to investigate a much larger range of climate states than is possible with more recent climate records.


ENVS 23: Introduction to Earth Systems

ENVS 116: Introduction to GIS


Schlung, S.A., A.C. Ravelo, I.W. Aiello, D. Andreasen, M.S. Cook, M. Drake, K.A. Dyez, T.P. Guilderson, J.P. LaRiviere, Z. Stroynowski, K. Takahashi (2012) Millennial-scale climate change and intermediate water circulation in the Bering Sea from 90 ka: A high-resolution record from IODP Site U1340, Paleoceanography, doi:10.1029/2012PA002365.

LaRiviere, J. P., A. C. Ravelo, A. Crimmins, P. S. Dekens, H. L. Ford, M. Lyle, and M. W. Wara (2012) Late Miocene decoupling of oceanic warmth and atmospheric carbon dioxide forcing, Nature, 486, 97-100.

Pagani, M., Z. Liu, J. P. LaRiviere, and A. C. Ravelo (2010) High Earth-system climate sensitivity determined from Pliocene carbon dioxide concentrations, Nature Geoscience, 3, 27-30.

Brierley, C.M., A. V. Federov, Z. Liu, T. D. Herbert, K. T. Lawrence, and J. P. LaRiviere (2009) Greatly expanded tropical warm pool and weakened Hadley circulation in the early Pliocene, Science, 323, 1714-1718.