Paleolimnology is the study of past terrestrial aquatic records. Here in the Geology Department at Kent State, the focus is on late Cenozoic records, especially those of Pleistocene and Holocene age. Paleolimnology is a subject area with many specialties. My research areas include:
My research program is centered on the development of the modern and fossil non-marine ostracode record as a tool in determining changes in water quality and climate through Holocene time. I focus on the role of ground water-surface water interactions in mediating the terrestrial climate record, and in identifying paleohydrologic changes using the ostracode ecology and ostracode shell geochemistry. This program involves independent research as well as collaborative efforts with researchers at other institutions. The general areas of this research program include:
Smith, Alison J., 2012. Evidence of environmental change from terrestrial and freshwater paleoecology, Chapter 12, vol 1, IN ( Matthews, J. A. et al., Eds.) Handbook of Environmental Change, Sage Publishing.
Smith, Alison J. and Delorme, L.Denis, 2009. Ostracoda, Chapter 19, IN (Thorp, J. and Covich,A., Eds.) Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates, Third Edition, Academic Press,pp. 811-849.
Smith, Alison J., 2007. Century scale Holocene processes as a source of natural selection pressure in human evolution: Holocene climate and the Human Genome Project, The Holocene, v.17, no. 5, 689-695.
Donovan, J.J., Smith, A.J., Ito, E., Engstrom, D.R., and Panek, V., 2002. Quaternary Science Reviews 21/4-6, pp. 605-624.
Smith, A.J., Donovan, J.J., Ito, E., Engstrom, D.R., and Panek, V., 2002. Quaternary Science Reviews 21/4-6 pp. 625-646.
Smith, A.J. and Horne, D., 2002. in The Ostracoda: Applications in Quaternary Research, Geophysical Monograph Series, edited by A. R. Chivas and J. A. Holmes, AGU Monograph Series, Volume 131, Ch.2, Washington, D.C.
Smith, A.J., Davis, J., Palmer, D., Forester, R., and Curry, B., 2003. Paleontology Society Special Papers, v. 9, pp. 203-222.
American Geophysical Union
American Quaternary Association: AMQUA council member 2002-2006
Geological Society of America
International Quaternary Association: INQUA U.S. National Committee
Fall 2013 office hours:
McGilvrey Hall 219
Tuesday 9:15 - 11:00 am
Wednesday 9:15 - 10:45 am
Thursday 9:15 - 11:00 am
or by appointment