Alice M. Doughty

Lecturer in Geology



Carnegie Science Hall, Room 202


Alice combines field, lab, and computational methods to understand how climate changed in the past by examining mountain glaciers.  She has worked on New Zealand glaciers and their deposits since 2006 and started working on tropical glaciers in Uganda in 2014.  Her 2018 summer research students ran simulations using a glacier model (in MATLAB) to reconstruct past glacier extents in Colombia and Uganda over the past 21,000 years.  Some of the major research questions that Alice’s research group attempts to answer are:

  • What was the magnitude of temperature change in tropical alpine regions during the last ice age?
  • What drives ice age cycles and what propagates a climate signal from one location to the rest of the planet?
  • Do the past abrupt changes in North Atlantic ocean circulation cause glaciers to grow/shrink in East Africa?
  • What factors make glaciers more or less sensitive to changes in temperature?


Alice will be teaching Sedimentary Processes and Environments (Geo 210) in the fall and Environmental Change (Geo103) in the winter semester.  These courses combine qualitative and quantitative observations of geologic processes and features through field, laboratory, and computational opportunities.