Curriculum Vitæ

Education

         BROWN UNIVERSITY, Providence, RI

         May 2019 Ph.D., Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Advisor: James M. Russell

Dissertation: The Plio-Pleistocene Climate History of East Africa and the Role of Environmental Change on Human Evolution: Studies of Leaf Wax Isotopes from Paleolake Sediment

         BROWN UNIVERSITY, Providence, RI

         May 2016 M.Sc., Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Advisor: James M. Russell

Thesis: Leaf wax biomarker record of rainfall from West Turkana, Kenya

         AMHERST COLLEGE, Amherst, MA

         May 2012 B.A., (cum Laude) Geology, Advisor: Tekla A. Harms

         Thesis: New Constraints on Cooling Ages for Proterozoic Accreted Arc and Metamorphic Core Zone Rocks of the Big Sky Orogen in Southwestern Montana

Research Experience

         Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY

         July 2019 – Present,Peter de Menocal and Kevin Uno, Organic Geochemistry Lab

  • Leaf wax biomarker hydrogen and carbon isotope analyses of marine sediment cores from the Mediterranean and Atlantic using GC-IRMS
  • Paleoclimate studies of northern and western African hydroclimate

         Graduate Student Researcher, Brown University, Providence, RI

         August 2014 – May 2019, James Russell, Organic Geochemistry Lab

  • Leaf wax biomarker hydrogen and carbon isotope analyses of lacustrine sediment from East Africa using GC-IRMS
  • Sample concentration and peak identification using FID and MSD
  • Investigated paleohydrology and vegetation using advanced time series analysis techniques
  • Collaborator in the large, international Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project
  • Fieldwork to college lacustrine cores from South Sulawesi, Indonesia

         Research Assistant, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY

         August 2012 – July 2014, Steven Goldstein, Radiogenic Isotope Lab

  • Ultraclean lab column chemistry and measurements of Neodymium isotopes on ICP-MS
  • Paleoceanographic studies of Southern Ocean marine cores on oceanic circulation strength

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., 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 [accepted]
  2. 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]
  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 activity on the Qingdai-Tibetan Plateau. [in review]
  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: Dr. Kevin Uno

Conference Abstracts

* denotes mentee

  1. Goldstein, S.L., Pena, L.P., Yehudai, M., Jaume-Seguí, M., Kim, J., Knudson, K., Basak, C., Hartman, A., Lupien, R.L., 2019. A 1.5 Myr Hystory of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation from Nd isotopes. Abstract presented at Goldschmidt 2019, Barcelona, Spain.
  2. Yehudai, M., Goldstein, S.L., Pena, L.D., Jaume-Seguí, M., Kim, J., Hartman, A.E., Lupien, R.L., 2019. Modes of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation from Nd Isotopes. Abstract presented at Goldschmidt 2019, Barcelona, Spain.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. *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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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

Certificate Recipient, ColumbiaX: INCLTEACH1x

Expected 2019   Supporting All Students in the College Classroom

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 (Certificate 1)

Volunteer Science Teacher, Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, Providence, RI

2014-2017         2nd Grade Science

Academic Mentoring

         Graduate Students

         Mock Preliminary Exam Committees at Brown University: Nora Richter, Ariel Deutsch, Ashley Palumbo, Rachel Sheppard, Abigale Bodner, Jenna Pearson, Richard Vachula

         Undergraduates

         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

         High Schoolers

         Dheivanai Moorthy

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 and 2017   Institute at Brown for Environment and Society Graduate Research Grant, $4,950, $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

         Professional service

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

         Session Convener, 2018 AGU Fall Meeting

         Departmental service at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

         Co-Chair, Biology and Paleo Environment Seminar Series, 2019-

         Departmental service at Brown University

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

         Member, Diversity Working Group, 2015-2019

         Mentor, 1st Year Graduate Mentoring Program, 2017-2019

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

Outreach

         Scientist, Skype-A-Scientist, 2017-

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

         Member, Ocean State Scientists political action group, 2017

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

Speaker, NerdNite Providence, 2015

Professional Affiliations

Center for Climate and Life, Columbia University

Association for Women Geoscientists

Earth Science Women’s Network

Geological Society of America

American Geophysical Union

Sigma Xi

The Geochemical Society