Curriculum Vitæ

Education

BROWN UNIVERSITY | May 2019 Ph.D., Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

BROWN UNIVERSITY | May 2016 M.Sc., Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

AMHERST COLLEGE | May 2012 B.A., (cum Laude) Geology

Professional Experience

LAMONT-DOHERTY EARTH OBSERVATORY OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY | July 2019-Present Postdoctoral Research Scientist

LAMONT-DOHERTY EARTH OBSERVATORY OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY | 2012-2014 Research Assistant, Goldstein Radiogenic Isotope Lab

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals

  1. Lupien, R.L., Russell, J.M., Feibel, C., Beck, C., Castañeda, I., Deino, A., Cohen, A.S. (2018). A leaf wax biomarker record of early Pleistocene hydroclimate from West Turkana, Kenya. Quaternary Science Reviews186, 225-235. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.03.012
  2. Lupien, R.L., Russell, J.M., Feibel, C., Beck, C., Castañeda, I., Deino, A., Cohen, A.S. (2018). Reply to Comments by Nutz & Schuster (2018) on: “A leaf wax biomarker record of early Pleistocene hydroclimate from West Turkana, Kenya”. Quaternary Science Reviews, 201C, 508-510. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.10.015
  3. Liang, J., Russell, J.M., Xie, H., Lupien, R.L., Si, G., Wang, J., Hou, J., Zhang, G. (2018). Vegetation effects on temperature calibrations of branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraether (brGDGTs) in soils. Organic Geochemistry, 127, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2018.10.010

In Progress

  1. Lupien, R.L., Russell, J.M., Beck, C.C., Feibel, C.S., Cohen, A.S., Impacts of abrupt and high-frequency climate change on hominin evolution during the early Pleistocene in the Turkana Basin, East Africa. Earth and Planetary Science Letters [in review]
  2. Lupien, R.L., Russell, J.M., Kingston, J., Yost, C., Schuh, A., Logan, J., & Cohen, A.S., Vegetation structure in the Baringo Basin, East Africa across the Plio-Pleistocene and its relationship to Northern Hemisphere glaciation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Special Issue: A high resolution, multi-proxy record of Pliocene hominin environments in the Kenyan Rift Valley: Analysis of the Baringo-Tugen-Barsemoi (BTB) Drill Core [in review]
  3. Potts, R., Dommain, R., Moerman, J., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Deino, A., Owen, R.B., Beverly, E., Brown, E., Deocampo, D., Kinyanjui, R., Lupien, R., Rabideaux, N., Russell, J., Stockhecke, M., Riedl, S., Faith, J.T., Western D., Bright, J., Clark, J.B., Cappio, L., Cohen, A., deMenocal, P. Garcin, Y., P., Heil, C., King, J., Keller, C.B., Levin, N.E., Muiruri, V., Scott, J., Brady, K., Noren, A., Renaut, R., Rucina, S., Uno, K., High-resolution environmental dynamics during a critical time in hominin evolution. Nature [in review]
  4. Lupien, R.L., Russell., J.M., Castañeda, I., Pearson, E., Lamb, H., Schabitz, F., Campisano, C., Sier, M., Deino, A., Cohen, A., Orbital-scale controls on Plio-Pleistocene East African hydroclimate. [in prep]
  5. Liang, J., Stevenson, M., Vachula, R., Lupien, R.L., Han, B., Lin, Q., Yue, H., Wang, M., Liang, P., Huang, Y., McGowan, S., Hou, J., Russell., J., Lake ecosystem severly altered by climate warming and human activitiy on the Qingdai-Tibetan Plateau. [in prep]
  6. Lupien, R.L., Hartman, A., Pena, L., Goldstein, S.L. AMOC variability during the last 400 kyr from Nd isotopes in the Southern Ocean. [in prep]

Invited Presentations

  1. Controls on Plio-Pleistocene East African Climate. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 2019, Host: Christine Chen
  2. Early Pleistocene biomarker record of rainfall in East Africa. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, October 2016, Host: Kevin Uno

Conference Abstracts

* denotes mentee

  1. Lamb, H., Asrat, A., Ramsey, C.B., Cohen, A., Chapot, M., Davies, S., Dean, J., Deino, A., Düsing, W., Foerster, V., Grove, M., Junginger, A., Lane, C., Leng, M., Lupien, R.L., Pearson, E., Roberts, H., Russell, J., Schäbitz, F., Trauth, M., Vidal, C., 2019. The 600,000-year palaeoenvironmental record from Chew Bahir, Ethiopia: testing hypotheses of climate change and human origins. Abstract presented at the 2019 INQUA 20th Congress, Dublin, Ireland.
  2. Cohen, A.S., Billingsley, A., Campisano, C., Lupien, R.L., Muiruri, V., Owen, B., Russell, J.M., Stockhecke, M., Yost, C., HSPDP Team Members, 2019. A comparative analysis of African Plio-Pleistocene patterns of environmental variability and biological evolutionary implications. Abstract presented at the 2019 INQUA 20th Congress, Dublin, Ireland.
  3. Lupien, R.L., Russell, J.M., Beck, C., Feibel, C., Cohen, A.S., 2018. Early Pleistocene Millennial-Scale Hydroclimate Fluctuation in Kenya with Implications for Hominin Evolution. Abstract presented at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  4. Russell, J.M., Lupien, R.L., Cohen, A.S., Beck, C., Campisano, C., Castañeda, I., Deino, A., Feibel, C., Kingston, J., Lamb, H., Potts, R., 2018. Orbital-scale controls on Plio-Pleistocene African climate. Abstract presented at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  5. *Subramanian, A., Lupien, R.L., Russell, J.M., Potts, R., Deino, A., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Dommain, R., 2018. Middle to Late Pleistocene Paleoenvironmental Variations at the Olorgesailie Basin, Kenya. Abstract presented at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  6. Cohen, A.C., Billingsley, A., Campisano, C., Lupien, R.L., Muiruri, V.M, Bernhard, O.R., Russell, J.M., Stockhecke, M., Yost, C.L., and The HSPDP Team Members, 2018. Records of Plio-Pleistocene environmental variability from the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP): Comparison with other African records and implications for hominin evolution. Abstract presented at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  7. Castañeda, I.S., Thompson-Munson, M.E., Gilchrist, S., Lupien, R.L., Russel, J.M, Salacup, J., Feibel, C., Cohen, A.S., 2018. Early Pleistocene temperature history of Paleolake Lorenyang, West Turkana Basin (Kenya). Abstract presented at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  8. deMenocal, P.B., Polissar, P., Uno, K., Rose, C., Tierney, J., Lupien, R.L., Russell., J., 2018. Paleoenvironmental Contexts of Hominin Evolution. Abstract presented at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, DC.
  9. deMenocal, P.B., Polissar, P., Uno, K., Rose, C., Tierney, J., Lupien, R.L., Russell., J., 2018. Paleoenvironmental Contexts of Hominin Evolution. Abstract presented at the 2018 GSA Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
  10. Westover, K., Stone, J., Rabideaux, N., Yost, C.L., Lupien, R.L., Kingston, J., 2018. Extreme hydroclimate variability in the Late Pliocene of Kenya’s Baringo Basin: the diatom record. Abstract presented at the 2018 GSA Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
  11. Lupien, R.L., Russell., J.M., Cohen, A.S., Beck, C., Campisano, C., Castañeda, I., Deino, A., Feibel, C., Kingston, J., Lamb, H., Pearson, E., Potts, R., 2018. East African Paleoclimate and Human Evolution. Abstract presented at the 12th Graduate Climate Conference, Seattle, WA.
  12. Lupien, R.L., Russell., J.M., Cohen, A.S., Beck, C., Campisano, C., Castañeda, I., Deino, A., Feibel, C., Kingston, J., Lamb, H., Pearson, E., Potts, R., 2018. Site-Corrected Leaf Wax Biomarker Records Synthesized to Characterize East African Plio-Pleistocene Climate. Abstract presented at Goldschmidt 2018, Boston, MA.
  13. Goldstein, S.L., Pena, L.D., Yehudai, M., Jaume-Seguí, M., Kim, J., Knudson, K., Basak, C., Hartman, A.E., Lupien, R.L., 2018. The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation Over Time From Nd Isotopes. Abstract presented at Goldschmidt 2018, Boston, MA.
  14. Lupien, R.L., Russell., J.M., Campisano, C., Feibel, C., Deino, A., Kingston, J., Potts, R., Cohen, A., 2017. A synthesis of Plio-Pleistocene leaf wax biomarker records of hydrological variation in East Africa and their relationship with hominin evolution. Abstract presented at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  15. Lupien, R.L., Russell, J.M., Castañeda, I., Campisano, C., Cohen, A.C., 2017. Plio-Pleistocene biomarker records of climate in East Africa. Abstract presented at the 2017 Past Global Changes Open Science Meeting, Zaragoza, Spain.
  16. Lupien, R.L., Russell, J.M., Cohen, A., Feibel, C., Beck, C., Castañeda, I., 2016. Leaf wax biomarker reconstruction of Early Pleistocene hydrological variation during hominin evolution in West Turkana, Kenya. Abstract presented at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  17. Lupien, R.L., Russell, J.M., Castañeda, I., Cohen, A., Feibel, C., Beck, C., 2015. Leaf wax biomarker record of rainfall from West Turkana, Kenya. Abstract presented at the 2016 Graduate Climate Conference, Woods Hole, MA.
  18. Lupien, R.L., Russell, J.M., Castañeda, I., Cohen, A., Feibel, C., Beck, C., 2015. Leaf wax biomarker record of rainfall from West Turkana, Kenya. 2015 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 2015
  19. Thompson-Munson, M., Castañeda, I.S., Lupien, R.L., Russell, J.M., 2015. Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene temperature reconstructions from paleolakes of the West Turkana and North Awash Basins, East Africa. Abstract presented at the 2015 GSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  20. Lupien, R.L., Pena, L., Goldstein, S., 2014. AMOC variability during the last 400 ka from Nd isotopes in the Southern Ocean. Abstract presented at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  21. Lupien, R.L., Pena, L., Goldstein, S., 2013. Southern Ocean Nd isotope end-member variability during the last 400 kyr. Abstract presented at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  22. Pena, L.D., Goldstein, S.L., Lupien, R.L., 2013. Abrupt Changes in Thermohaline Circulation During the Mid-Pleistocene Transition. Abstract presented at the 11th International Conference on Paleoceanography, Barcelona, Spain.
  23. Lupien, R.L., Harms, T.A., Hames, W.E., 2012. New constraints on cooling ages for Proterozoic accreted arc and metamorphic core zone rocks of the Big Sky orogen, SW Montana. Abstract presented at the 2012 GSA Northeastern Section Meeting, Hartford, CT.

Teaching

Instructor, 2018 STEM II Program, Brown University                                                                             

2018 Summer    Human Evolution and the Environment: Co-teacher of 2-week intensive pre-college science course on climate change and human evolution

Teaching Assistant, Earth, Environment, and Planetary Sciences, Brown University

2016 Fall | Stratigraphy and Sedimentology

2016 Spring | Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet

Certificate Recipient, The Sheridan Center for Teaching, Brown University

2014-2015 | The Sheridan Teaching Seminar – Reflective Teaching

Academic Mentoring at Brown University

         Avinash Subramanian Thesis: Statistical Analysis of East African Paleoclimate Variations During the Late Pleistocene, and Implications for Human Evolution

         Alexander Alverson

         Tristan Reinecke Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award

Fellowships and Awards

2017-2018 | Institute at Brown for Environment and Society Graduate Fellowship, Brown University

2016 | Urbino Summer School of Paleoclimatology NSF Travel Grant and Stipend, USSP

2014-2015 | Charles Wilson Brown Fellowship, Brown University

2011 | Richard M. Foose Award, Amherst College

Research Grants – $314,297 in total

2018 | NSF-EAR: A 750,000-yr Leaf Wax Biomarker Record to Assess Environmental Change Across the Plio-Pleistocene Boundary in Tropical East Africa. Co-Author, $302,472

2018 | Institute at Brown for Environment and Society Graduate Research Grant, $4,950

2017 | Institute at Brown for Environment and Society Graduate Research Grant, $5,000

2016 | Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Grant, $1,875

Professional Development

2018 | Advanced Climate Dynamics Course (ACDC), Finse, Norway

2017 | International Continental Drilling Project (ICDP) Course, Windischeschenbach, Germany

2016 | Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology (USSP), Urbino, Italy

Service

Departmental service at Brown University

         President, Geology Graduate Student Group (GeoClub), 2015-2016

         Leader, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, 2015-2018

         Member, Diversity Working Group, 2015-

         Mentor, 1st Year Graduate Mentoring Program, 2017-

Professional service outside Brown University

         Reviewer of journal manuscripts for Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology; Organic Geochemistry; Journal of Great Lakes Research

         Session Convener, 2018 AGU Fall Meeting

Outreach

         Member and Social Media, 500 Women Scientists Providence Pod, 2017-2019

         Participant, Skype-A-Scientist, 2017-

         Member, Ocean State Scientists political action group, 2017

         Workshop leader, The Lincoln School International Women’s Day, 2016

Professional Affiliations

Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Association for Women Geoscientists

Earth Science Women’s Network

Geological Society of America

American Geophysical Union

Sigma Xi

The Geochemical Society