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Polissar, P.J, Abbott, M.B., Wolfe, A.P. Vuille, M, and Bezada, M. (2013). Synchronous Interhemispheric Holocene Climate Trends in the Tropical Andes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.7073/pnas.1219681110. PDF file and Supporting Online Material

Pompeani, D.P., Abbott, M.B., Steinman, B.A. and Bain, D.J. (2013). Lake Sediments Record Prehistoric Lead Pollution Related to Early Copper Production in North America. Environmental Science and Technology DOI: 10.1021/es304499c. PDF file, Cover and Data

Stansell, N.D., Rodbell, D.T., Abbott, M.B. and Mark, B.G. (2013). Proglacial Lake Sediment Records of Holocene Climate Change in the Western Cordillera of Peru. Quaternary Science Reveiws 70, 1-14. PDF file, Stacked Clastic Flux Data, Jahuacocha Data, Lutacocha Data and Queshquechcha Data

Stansell, N.D., Steinman, B.A., Abbott, M.B., Rubinov, M. and Roman-Lacayo, M. (2013). Lacustrine Stable Isotope Record of Precipitation Changes in Nicaragua During the Little Ice Age and Medieval Climate Anomaly. Geology. DOI: 10.1130/G33736.1. PDF file, Repository and Data

Steinman, B.A. and Abbott, M.B. (2013). Isotopic and Hyrdologic Responses of Small, Closed Lakes to Climate Variability: Hydroclimate Reconstructions from Lake Sediment Oxygen Isotope Records and Mass Balance Models. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 105, 342-359. PDF file

Steinman, B.A., Abbott, M.B., Nelson, D.B., Stansell, N.D., Finney, B.P. Bain, D.J. and Rosenmeier, M.F. (2013). Isotopic and Hyrdologic Responses of Small, Closed Lakes to Climate Variability: Comparison of Measured and Modeled Lake Level and Sediment Core Oxygen Isotope Records. Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta 105, 455-471. PDF file


Pompeani, D.P., Steinman, B.A. and Abbott, M.B. (2012). A Sedimentary and Geochemical Reconstruction of Water Level Changes from Rantin Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada. Journal of Paleolimnology 48, 147-158. PDF file and Data

Rodbell, D.T., Abbott, M.B. and the 2011 ICDP Lake Junin Working Group (2012). Workshop on the Drilling of Lake Junin, Peru: Potential for Development of a Continuous Tropical Climate Record. Scientific Drilling 13. DOI: 10.2204/ PDF file

Steinman, B.A., Abbott, M.B., Mann, M.E., Stansell, N.D. and Finney, B.P. (2012). 1500-year Quantitative Reconstruction of Precipitation in the Pacific Northwest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1201083109. PDF file, Supporting Online Material and Data

Tibert, N.E., Hubeny, J.B., Abbott, M.B., Kiker, J.M., Walker, L.J. and McKenzie, S. (2012). Late Holocene Sedimentation and Paleoenvironmental History of the Tidal Marshes of the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, Tributaries to Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Journal of Science 63, 91-109. PDF file

Vuille, M., Burns, S.J., Taylor, B.L., Cruz, F.W., Bird, B.W., Abbott, M.B., Kanner, L.C., Cheng, H. and Novello, V.F. (2012). A Review of the South American Monsoon History as Recorded in Stble Isotopic Proxies Over the Past Two Millennia. Climate of the Past Discussions 8, 637-668. PDF file


Bird, B.W., Abbott, M.B., Rodbell, D.T. and Vuille, M. (2011). Holocene Tropical South America Hydroclimate Revealed from a Decadally Resolved Lake Sediment d18O Record. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 310, 192-202. PDF file and Data.

Bird, B.W., Abbott, M.B., Vuille, M., Rodbell, D.T., Stansell, N.D. and Rosenmeier, M.F. (2011). A 2300 Year Long Annually Resolved Record of the South American Summer Monsoon from the Peruvian Andes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1003719108. PDF file, Supporting Online Material and Data

Cooke, C.A., Balcom, P.H., Kerfoot, C., Abbott, M.B. and Wolfe, A.P. (2011). Pre-Columbian Mercury Pollution Associated with the Smelting of Argentiferous Ores in the Bolivian Andes. Ambio 40, 18-25. DOI 10.1007/s13280-010-0086-4. PDF file

Montoya, E., Rull, V., Stansell, N.D., Bird, B.W., Nogue, S., Vergas-Villarrubia, T., Abbott, M.B., Nogue, S., Bird, B.W. and Diaz, W.A. (2011). Forest-Savanna-Morichal Dynamics in Relation to Fire and Human Occupation in the Southern Gran Sabana (ES Venezuela) during the Last Millennia. Quaternary Research. PDF file

Montoya, E., Rull, V., Stansell, N.D., Abbott, M.B. and Diaz, W.A. (2011). Vegetation Changes in the Neotropical Gran Sababa (Venezuela) Around the Younger Dryas Chron. Journal of Quaternary Science DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1445. PDF file

Nelson, D.B., Abbott, M.B., Steinman, B., Polissar, P.J., Stansell, N.D., Ortiz, J.D., Rosenmeier, M.F., Finney, B.P. and Riedel, J. (2011). Drought variability in the Pacific Northwest from a 6,000-yr lake sediment record. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1009194108. PDF file, Supporting Online Material and Data (Age Control, Isotope, Image)


Abbott, M.B., Edwards, M.E and Finney, B.P.. (2010). A 40,000-Year Record of Environmental Change from Burial Lake in Northwest Alaska. Quaternary Research 74, 156-165. PDF file and Data

Rull, V., Stansell, N.D., Montoya, E., Bezada M. and Abbott, M.B. (2010). Palynological Signal of the Younger Dryas in the Tropical Venezuelan Andes. Quaternary Science Reveiws 29, 3045-3056. PDF file

Stansell, N.D., Abbott, M. B., Rull, V, Rodbell, D.T., Bezada, M. and Montoya, E. (2010). Abrupt Younger Dryas Cooling in the Northern Tropics Recorded in Lake Sediments from the Venezuelan Andes. Earth and Planetary Research Letters 293, 154-163. PDF file and Data

Steinman, B.A., Rosenmeier, M.F., Abbott, M.B and Bain, D.J. (2010). The Isotopic and Hydrologic Response of Small, Closed-Basin Lakes to Climate Forcing from Predictive Models: Application to Paleoclimate Studies in the Upper Columbia River Basin. Limnology and Oceanography 55, 2231-2245. PDF file

Steinman, BA., Rosenmeier, M.F. and Abbott, M.B. (2010). The Isotopic and Hudrologic Response of Small, Closed-Basin Lakes to Climate Forcing from Predictive Models: Simulations of Stochastic and Mean-State Precipitation Variations. Limnology and Oceanography 55, 2246-2261. PDF file


Bird, B.W., Abbott, M.B., Kutchko, B. and Finney, B.P. (2009). A 2000-year Varve-Based Climate Record from the Central Brooks Range, Alaska. Journal of Paleolimnology 41, 25-41. PDF file and Vave Thickness Data

Kurek, J., Cwynar, L.C., Ager, T.A., Abbott, M.B. and Edwards, M.E. (2009). Late Quaternary Paleoclimate of Western Alaska Inferred from Fossil Chironomids and it Relation to Vegetation Histories. Qiaternary Science Reviews 28, 799-811. PDF file

Rull, V., Abbott, M. B., Vegas-Vilarrúbia, T., Bezada, M., Montoya, E., Nogué, S. and González, C. (2009). Paleoenvironmental Trends in Venezuela During the Last Glacial Cycle. In Sánchez-Villagra, M. R., Aguilera, O. & Carlini, A. (eds.), Urumaco and Venezuelan Palaeontology - The Fossil Record of the Northern Neotropics. Indiana University Press, Indiana. PDF file


Abbott, M.B. and Anderson, L. (2008). Lake-Level Fluctuations as an Indicator of Hydrological and Climatic Change. In: Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments, V. Gornitz (ed.), Encyclopedia of Earth Science Series, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. PDF file

Cooke, C.A., M.B. Abbott and A.P. Wolfe. (2008). Metallurgy in Southern South America. In: Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures Vol. 2, H. Seline (ed.), Kluwer Science, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. PDF file

Besonen, M.R. Bradley, R.S., Mudelsee, M., Abbott, M.B. and Francus, P. (2008) A Thousand Year Record of Hurricanes from Boston, Massachusetts. Geophysical Research Letters 35. DOI:1029/2008GL033950. PDF file

Besonen, M.R. Bradley, R.S., Francus, P., Stoner, J. and Abbott, M. (2008). A Record of Climate over the Last Millennium Based on Varved Lake Sediments from the Canadian High Arctic, The Holocene 18, 169-180. PDF file and Data

Cooke, C.A., Abbott, M.B. and Wolfe, A.P. (2008). Late-Holocene Atmospheric Lead Deposition in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes. The Holocene 18, 353-359. PDF file

Cooke, C.A. and Abbott, M.B. (2008). A Paleolimnological Perspective on Industrial-ERA Metal Pollution in the Central Andes, Peru. Science of the Total Environmental 393, 262-272. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2007.12.034. PDF file

Francus, P., Bradley, R.S., Lewis, T., Abbott, M.B., Retelle, M. and Stoner, J.S. (2008). Limnological and Sedimentary Processes at Sawtooth Lake, Canadian High Arctic, and Their Influence on Varve Formation. Journal of Paleolimnology 40, 963-985. PDF file

Rodbell, D.T., Seltzer, G.O., Mark, B.G., Smith, J.A. and Abbott, M.B. (2008). Clastic Sediment Flux to Tropical Andean Lakes: Records of Glaciation and Soil Erosion. Quaternary Science Reviews 27, 1612-1626. PDF file


Anderson, L., Abbott, M.B., and Finney, B.P. and Burns, S.J. (2007). Late Holocene Moisture Balance Variability in the Southwest Yukon Territory, Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews 26, 130-140. PDF file and Data

Cooke, C.A., Abbott, M.B., Wolfe, A.P. and Kittleson, J.L. (2007). A Millennium of Metallurgy Recorded by Lake Sediments in Morococha, Peruvian Andes. Environmental Science and Technology. PDF file

Stansell, N.D., Polissar, P.J. and Abbott, M.B. (2007). Last Glacial Maximum Equilibrium-Line Altitude and Paleo-Temperature Reconstructions for the Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuelan Andes. Quaternary Research 67, 115-127. PDF file

Stansell, N.D., Abbott, M. B., Polissar, P. J., Wolfe, A. P., Rull, V. and Bezada, M. (2007). Reply: Late Quaternary Deglacial History of the Merida Andes, Venezuela: Response to Comment. Journal of Quaternary Science 22, DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1109. PDF file


Polissar, P.J., Abbott, M.B., Wolfe, A.P., Bezada, M., Rull, V. and Bradley, R.S. (2006). Solar Modulation of Little Ice Age Climate in the Tropical Andes. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103, 8937-8942. PDF file

Polissar, P.J., Abbott, M.B., Shemesh, A., Wolfe, A.P. and Bradley, R.S. (2006). Holocene Hydrologic Balance of Tropical South America from Oxygen Isotopes of Lake Sediment Opal, Venezuelan Andes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 242, 375-389. PDF file and Stable Isotope Data


Anderson, L., Abbott, M.B. Finney, B.P. and Edwards, M.E. (2005). Paleohydrology of the Southwest Yukon Territory, Canada, Based on Multiproxy Analyses of Lake Sediment Cores from a Depth Transect. The Holocene 15, (8). PDF file

Anderson, L., Abbott, M.B., Finney, B.P. and Burns, S. (2005). Regional Atmospheric Circulation Change in the North Pacific during the Holocene Inferred from Lacustrine Carbonate Oxygen Isotopes, Yukon Territory, Canada. Quaternary Research, 64, 21-35. PDF file and Data

Bush, M.B., Hansen, B.C.S., Rodbell, D., Seltzer, G.O., Young, K.R., Leon, B., Abbott, M.B., Silman, M.M.R. and Gosling, W.D. (2005). A 17,000 Year History of Andean Climate and Vegetation Change from Laguna de Chochos, Peru. Journal of Quaternary Science 20, 703-714. PDF file

Rull, V., Abbott, M.B., Polissar, P., Wolfe, A.P., Bezada, M. and Bradley, R.S. (2005). Late Quaternary Paleoecology and Paleolimnology of High-Altitude Tropical Environment in the Venezuelan Andes. Quaternary Research 64, 308-317. PDF file

Stansell, N.D., Abbott, M. B., Polissar, P. J., Wolfe, A. P., Rull, V. and Bezada, M. (2005). Late Quaternary Deglacial History of the Merida Andes, Venezuela. Journal of Quaternary Science 20, 801-812. PDF file


Fisher, D.A., Wake, C., Kreutz, K., Yalcin, K., Steig, E., Mayewski, P., Anderson, L., Sheng, J., Rupper, S., Zdanowiz, C., Demuth, M., Waszkiewicz, M., Dahl-Jensen, D., Goto-Azuma, K., Bourgeois, J.B., Koener, R.M., Sekera, J., Osterberg, E., Abbott, M.B., Finney, B.P. and Burns, S.J. (2004). Stable Isotope Records from Mount Logan, Eclipse Ice Cores and Nearby Jellybean Lake. Water Cycle of the North Pacific Over 2000 Years and Over Five Vertical Kilometers: Sudden Shifts and Tropical Connections. Géographie et Quaternaire 58, 337-352. PDF file

Smith, S.V. Bradley, R.S. and Abbott, M.B. (2004). A 300 Year Record of Environmental Change from Lake Tuborg, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada. Journal of Paleolimnology 32, 137-148. PDF file


Abbott, M.B. and Wolfe, A. (2003). Intensive Pre-Incan Metallurgy Recorded by Lake Sediments from the Bolivian Andes. Science 301, 1893-1895. PDF file

Abbott, M.B., Wolfe, B., Wolfe, A.P., Seltzer, G.O., Aravena, R., Mark, B.G., Polissar, P.J., Rodbell, R.T., Rowe, H.D. and Vuille, M. (2003). Holocene Paleohydrology and Glacial History of the Central Andes using Multiproxy Lake Sediment Studies. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 194, 123-138. PDF file

Hansen, B.S.C., Rodbell, D.T., Seltzer, G.O., Leon, B., Young, K.R. and Abbott, M.B. (2003). Late-Glacial and Holocene Vegetation History from Two Sites in the Western Cordillera of Southwestern Ecuador. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 194, 79-108. PDF file


Francus P., Bradley R., Abbott M.B., Patridge W. and Keimig F. (2002). Paleoclimate Studies of Minerogenic Sediments Using Annually Resolved Textural Parameters. Geophysical Research Letters 29. 20, 1998, doi:10.1029/2002GL015082. PDF file and Data

Rodbell, D. T., Bagnato, S., Nebolini, J. C., Seltzer, G. O. and Abbott, M.B. (2002). A Late Glacial-Holocene Tephrochronology for Glacial Lakes in Southern Ecuador. Quaternary Research, 57, 343-354. PDF file


Anderson, L., Abbott, M.B. and Finney, B.P. (2001). Holocene Climate Inferred from Oxygen Isotope Ratios in Lake Sediments, Central Brooks Range, Alaska. Quaternary Research 55, 313-321. PDF file and Data for Tangled Up & Meli

Brenner, M., Hodell, D.A., Curtis, J.H., Rosenmeier, M. and Abbott, M.B. (2001). Abrupt Climate Change and Pre-Columbian Cultural Collapse. In “Interhemispheric climatic linkages” (V. Markgraf Ed), pp. 87-103. PDF file

Wolfe, B.B., Aravena, R., Abbott, M.B., Seltzer, G.O. and Gibson, J.J. (2001). Reconstruction of Paleohydrology and Paleohumidity from Oxygen Isotope Records in the Bolivian Andes. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 176, 177-192. PDF file


Abbott, M.B., Wolfe, B., Aravena, R., Wolfe, A.P. and Seltzer, G.O. (2000). Holocene Hydrological Reconstructions from Stable Isotopes and Palaeolimnology, Cordillera Real, Bolivia. Quaternary Science Reviews 19, 1801-1820. PDF file

Abbott, M.B., Finney, B.P., Edwards, M. and Kelts, K.R. (2000). Paleohydrology of Birch Lake, Central Alaska: Lake-Level Reconstructions Using Seismic Reflection Profiles and Core Transect Approaches. Quaternary Research 23,154-166. PDF file


Rodbell, D.T., Seltzer, G.O., Anderson, D.M., Abbott, M.B., Enfield, D.B. and Newman, J.H. (1999). An ~15,000-Year Record of El-Niño Alluviation in Southwestern Ecuador. Science 283, 516-520. PDF file and Data


Abbott, M.B., Binford, M.W., Brenner, M. and Kelts, K.R.. (1997). A 3500 14C yr High-Resolution Record of Lake Level Changes in Lake Titicaca, Bolivia/Peru. Quaternary Research 47, 169-180. PDF file

Abbott, M.B., Seltzer, G.O., Kelts, K.R. and Southon, J. (1997). Holocene Paleohydrology of the Tropical Andes from Lake Records. Quaternary Research 47, 70-80. PDF file

Binford, M.W., Kolata, A.L., Brenner, M., Janusek, J., Abbott, M.B. and Curtis, J (1997). Climate Variation and the Rise and Fall of an Andean Civilization. Quaternary Research 47, 171-186. PDF file


Abbott, M.B. and Stafford, T.W. (1996). Radiocarbon Geochemistry of Ancient and Modern Arctic Lakes, Baffin Island. Quaternary Research. 45, 300-311. PDF file


Seltzer, G.O., Rodbell, D.T. and Abbott, M.B. (1995). Andean Glacial Lakes and Climate Variability Since the Last Glacial Maximum. Bull. Inst fr. éstudes andines 24, 539-549. PDF file


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