Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Carrie Morrill

Research Interests

  • Abrupt climate change
  • Paleoclimate model-data comparisons
  • Paleolimnology and paleohydrology

Current Research

The goal of my research is to understand the causes and impacts of past climate change, and to use this information to anticipate future changes and their consequences. To accomplish this, I use lake sediments to document how climate varied in the past and coupled climate models to explore why these variations occurred. My current projects are focused on major changes during the Holocene (our present interglacial period) that happened relatively abruptly, over periods of decades to a century. These projects include: modeling the global impacts of freshwater anomalies in the North Atlantic and mapping the spatial extent of climate changes during the middle Holocene that possibly coincided with the collapse of several ancient civilizations. 

Honors and Awards

  • Kavli Fellow, 2015
  • NCAR Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002
  • Geological Society of America Outstanding Student Research Proposal Award, 2001
  • NASA Space Grant Outreach Fellowship, 2000-2002
  • National Science Foundation Earth Systems History Fellowship, 1999
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1997-2000
  • University of California Regents Graduate Fellowship, 1996-1997
  • B.A. Summa cum laude, Distinction in Geology, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, 1996