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    Maureen (Mo) Walczak

    Maureen Walczak photo
    Research Associate (Post Doc)
    Discipline: Geology and Geophysics
    Office: Burt 104
    Phone: 541-737-3402
    Email: mwalczak@coas.oregonstate.edu
    Vita or Résumé (PDF)

    Research Interests

    Application of foraminiferal stable isotopes (18O, 13C), trace element/Ca ratios (Mg/Ca, Mn/Ca, Sr/Ca) and radiogenic isotopes (14C, 10Be, 210Pb, 137Cs, 7Be, 234Th) in marine sediments for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and sediment depositional histories

    Geochemical (XRF, Nd, Sr, Pb isotopes) and paleomagnetic (u-channel cryogenic magnetometer, point-source magnetic susceptibility) studies of marine sediments

    Physical properties studies of sediments (grain-size, Geotek MST, X-radiography, CT scan)

    Investigating deglacial changes in meltwater input, stratification, and biogeochemical cycling in high-latitude environments.  

    Current Research

    Response of the Labrador Sea and the south Greenland Ice Sheet to the mid-Pliocene climate optimum: sedimentary, magnetic, and geochemical evidence from the Eirik Drift (Supervisors: A. Carlson, J. Stoner)


    PhD, Oregon State University, Oceanography, 2011

    MS, University of Washington, Oceanography, 2006

    BS, University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences, 2004

    BS, University of Washington, Oceanography, 2004


    July 2011-Jan 2015     Super Science Fellow Postdoctoral Scholar, Australia National University. Novel Dating Methods for Marine Sediments of Relevance to Determining Past Climate Change (Supervisors: P. DeDeckker, K. Fifield, and A. Roberts)

    June-July 2013            Shipboard Science Participant in IODP Exp. 341: Southern Alaska Margin Tectonics, Climate, and Sedimentation. Physical properties specialist.

    2006-2011                  PhD Student, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University. Paleoclimate, Paleoventilation, and Paleomagnetism as Recorded in a 17kyr Marine Sediment Record from the SE Alaska Margin (Supervisors A.C. Mix and J.S. Stoner)

    2010                           Teaching Assistant, Oceanography, Oregon State University

    2004-2006                   MSc Student, Oceanography, University of Washington. Human and environmental impacts on Washington continental-shelf sedimentation: A thirty-year perspective  (Supervisor: C. Nittrouer)

    2005                            Teaching Assistant, Oceanography, University of Washington

    2003-2004                   Laboratory Technician, Oceanography, University of Washington


    Tynan, S., B. Opdyke, A. Dutton, S. Eggins, M.H. Walczak (in review), Late Holocene inter-annual temperature variability reconstructed from the d18O of Ostrea angasi shells. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences

    Carlson, A.E., Z. Kilmer, L.B. Ziegler, J.S. Stoner, G.C. Wiles, K. Starr, M.H. Walczak, W. Colgan, A.V. Reyes, D.J. Leydet, R.G. Hatfield (in review) Recent Retreat of Columbia Glacier, Alaska: Millennial Context. Geology.

    Montelli, A., S.P. Gulick, L.L. Worthington, A. Mix, M.H. Walczak, S. Zellers, J. Jaeger (in review), Late Quaternary glacial dynamics and sedimentation variability in Bering Trough, Gulf of Alaska. Geology.  

    Walczak, M.H., J.S. Stoner, A.C. Mix, J. Jaeger, G.P. Rosen, J. Channell, D. Heslop, C. Xuan (in revision), A 17,000 year paleomagnetic secular variation record from the southeast Alaskan margin: Regional and global correlations, Earth and Planetary Science Letters

    Tynan, S., B.N. Opdyke, M.H. Walczak, S. Eggins, A. Dutton (2016), Assessment of Mg/Ca in Saccostrea glomerata (the Sydney Rock oyster) shell as a potential temperature proxy, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

    Praetorius, S., A. Mix, M.H. Walczak, M. Wolhowe, F. Prahl (2015), North Pacific deglacial hypoxic events linked to abrupt ocean warming, Nature 527:362-366 doi:10.1038/nature15753

    Gulick, S.P, J.M. Jaeger, A.C. Mix, H. Asahi, H. Bahlburg, C. Belanger, G.B.B. Berbel, L. Childress, E. Cowan, M.H. Davies-Walczak, L. Drab, F. Dottori, M. Forwick, A. Fukumura, S. Ge, S. Gupta, A. Kioka, S. Konno, L. LeVay, C. März, K. Matsuzaki, E. McClymont, C. Moy, J. Müller, A. Nakamura, T. Ojima, K. Ridgeway, O. Romero, A. Slagle, J. Stoner, G. St-Onge, I. Suto, L. Worthington, I. Bailey, E. Enkelmann, and R. Reece (2015), Nonlinear feedback between tectonic uplift and glacial erosion constrained by Gulf of Alaska sedimentary record. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(49):15042-15047 doi:10.1073/pnas.1512549112

    Walczak, M.H., Mix, A.C., Willse, T., Slagle, A., Stoner, J.S., Jaeger, J., Gulick, S., LeVay, L., Kioka, A., and the IODP Expedition 341 Scientific Party (2015), Correction of non-intrusive drill core physical properties data for variability in recovered sediment volume. Geophysical Journal International 202(2):1317-1323  doi:10.1093/gji/ggv204.

    MacPhail, M., K. Fifield, B. Pillans, M. Davies, and G. Hope (2015), Lake George revisited: New evidence for the origin and evolution of a large closed lake, Southern Tablelands, NSW, Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 62(7):853-871 doi:10.1080/08120099.2015.1108365.

    Davies-Walczak, M.H., A.C. Mix, J.S. Stoner, J. Southon (2014), The flooding of Beringia and the onset of North Pacific Intermediate Water formation, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 397:57-66. 

    Jaeger, J.M., S.P.S. Gulick, L.J. LeVay, and Expedition 341 Scientists (2014), Proc. IODP, 341: College Station, TX (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program). 

    Expedition 341 Scientists (2013), Southern Alaska margin: Interactions of tectonics, climate, and sedimentation. IODP Preliminary Report 341.   

    Heslop, D., Roberts, A., L. Chiang, M.H. Davies, A. Abrazhevich, P. De Deckker (2013), Quantifying magnetite magnetofossil contributions to sedimentary magnetizations, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 382:58-65. 

    Addison, J.A., B.P. Finney, W.E. Dean, M.H. Davies, A.C. Mix, and J.M. Jaeger (2012), Productivity maxima and sedimentary d15N during the Last Glacial Maximum termination in the Gulf of Alaska, Paleoceanography 27(1) doi:10.1029/2011PA002161. 

    Davies, M.H., A.C. Mix, J.S. Stoner, J.A. Addison, J. Southon (2011), The deglacial transition on the SE Alaska Margin; meltwater input, sealevel rise, enhanced productivity, and sedimentary hypoxia, Paleoceanography 26(2) doi:10.1029/2010PA002051.

    Tesi, T., M. Goni, L. Langone, P. Puig, M. Canals , C. Nittrouer , X. Durrieu de Madron, A. Calafat, A.  Palanques , S.E Heussner , M.H. Davies, T. Drexler , J. Fabrés (2010), Re-exposure and advection of 14C-depleted organic carbon from old deposits at the upper continental slope, Global Biogeochemical Cycles. doi: 10.1029/2009GB003745

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