My research interests are in the areas of paleoclimatology and climate change with particular emphasis in reconstructing tropical temperature and hydrological variability during the Holocene, Pleistocene and Pliocene. I investigate the drivers of tropical climate variability during different climate states aiming to assess the Earth’s temperature and hydrological sensitivity to changes in orbital forcing and forcing by greenhouses gases. In addition, I investigate the impact of changes in rainfall amount in the development and collapse of the Maya civilization as an empirical means to assess potential societal disruptions driven by adverse hydrological conditions, and with the ultimate purpose of informing and stimulating human adaptive and mitigation responses to climate change (see the videos below to get an idea of what this research entails).
Stalagmites are repositories past climate information
Documentary Film featuring my research in the Yucatan Peninsula