NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow


I am a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University working with Professor Michael Bender.  As a stable isotope geochemist with interests in Earth’s history and climate change, I apply isotope techniques to reconstruct paleotemperature and study the carbon cycle. 


My research is primarily focused on applying isotopes of carbon and oxygen to minerals - mostly carbonates and bioapatite - preserved in Earth’s sedimentary record to understand climate change and the carbon cycle over many timescales in Earth’s history.  My research ‘toolkit’ includes clumped isotope thermometry and triple oxygen isotopes.  Please see my research page for further information.


The 3rd International Workshop on Clumped Isotopes is rapidly approaching.  It will be held on January 10-11th, 2013 at Harvard University.  Please visit our website for further info!

Kate started testing the fluorination line in David Johnston's lab at Harvard University. This extraction line enables the conversion of oxygen-bearing minerals to O2 for isotopic analysis (Fall 2012).

Kate attended the NOAA Summer Institute in Steamboat Springs, CO in July, 2012. This gathering of NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellows showcased the diversity of postdocs within the program with talks ranging from parameterizations in general circulation models to terrestrial records of climate over the past 1000 years to the roles of fungi in the global carbon cycle (Summer 2012).

The new TC/EA in the Bender lab has been installed! Watch this space for new oxygen isotope results from biogenic phosphate (Winter 2012).

Dennis et al. (2011) was published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.  This paper culminates a multi-lab effort to develop an inter-laboratory reference frame for the clumped isotope community (Fall 2011)

Kate recently defended her PhD, “Clumped isotope paleothermometry and its application to Earth’s history”, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University (Fall 2011).

Hello and welcome!

Department of Geosciences

Princeton University

Guyot Hall, M49

Princeton, NJ 08544

Phone: +1 (609) 258 2756

Email: kdennis at princeton dot edu