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Martin Medina
Associate Professor

Research Areas: Paleoclimatology, Paleoceanography and Climate Change.

Office: 2070 Beard Eaves Coliseum

Lab: 2093 Beard Eaves Coliseum

2050 Beard Eaves Coliseum
Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-4966



Ph.D. Interdepartmental Program in Marine Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.S. Marine Science Department, CINVESTAV-Merida, Mexico
B.S. Marine Biology, University of Southern Baja California, Mexico

Professional Employment

Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Auburn University
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Amherst College
Assistant Professor, CICY-Merida, México
Postdoctoral Research Fellow National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS), England
NOAA GLOBAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research and Teaching Interests

My research focuses in the areas of Paleoclimatology, Paleoceanograpy and Climate Change with three main emphases: (1) the hydrological and thermal sensitivity of tropical and subtropical regions to shifts in climate forcings and feedbacks (e.g. greenhouse gases), on ecological and geological time scales, (2) past rates of sea level change, and (3) the role of climate change in shaping the development of the Maya civilization.

I am interested in teaching the following courses: Climate Change (upper level), Paleoclimatology (upper level), Oceanography (upper level-graduate level) and Earth System Science and Global Change (PhD core course).

Selected Publications

  1. Medina-Elizalde M. Josué Polanco-Martinez, Fernanda Lases-Hernandez, Raymond Bradley and Stephen J. Burns “Testing the tropical storm hypothesis of Yucatan Peninsula climate variability during the Maya Terminal Classic Period” Quaternary Research 86, 111-119 (2016).
  2. PALAEOSENS group. Making sense of palaeoclimate sensitivity, Nature 491, 683-690 (2012)
  3. Grant, K.M., E.J. Rohling, C. Bronk-Ramsey, M. Bar-Matthews, C. Satow, M. Medina-Elizalde, A.P. Roberts, Millennial-scale timing of phase relationships between sea-level, high-latitude climate, and monsoon maxima over the last 160,000 years. Nature 491 744-747 (2012)
  4. Medina-Elizalde M. and Rohling E.J. Classic Maya civilization collapse related to modest reduction in precipitation, Science 335, 956 (2012).
  5. Hansen J., Sato M., Reto R., Ken Lo., Lea D. and Medina-Elizalde M. (2006) Global Temperature Change. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 103, 14288-14293.

Last updated: 10/10/2016