Assistant Professor

Office: 541-737-3037

Burt Hall

Burt Hall 112

2651 SW Orchard Avenue

2651 SW Orchard Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Brief Research Interests: 

Paleoceanography, ocean circulation, ocean-glacier interactions


Curriculum Vitae for Maureen Walczak

Office: Burt 112, Lab: Burt 124

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

My predominant research focus is in Pacific paleoceanography. Specific projects in various states of progress include: 

A radiocarbon-based reconstruction of North Pacific Intermediate Water (NPIW) circulation related to abrupt climate events of the past 50,000 years (w/Alan Mix, Joe Stoner, Stewart Fallon, Keith Fifield)

Establishing an environmental baseline for the Pacific Northwest: 12,000 years of climate and Columbia River discharge (w/Alan Mix, Joe Stoner, Summer Praetorius, Cris Lopes, Brendan Reilly)

A marine perspective of Pacific Northwest deglacial climate and the Missoula megafloods (w/Alan Mix, Joe Stoner, Summer Praetorius, Cris Lopes, Brendan Reilly, Ingrid Hendy)

Co-director of Oregon State University Marine Sediments Sampling (MARSSAM) Facility (w/ Mitch Lyle, Chris Goldfinger)


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


OC201e - Introduction to Oceanography

GEO308e - Global Change and Earth Science


Stuut, J-B. W., P. De Deckker, M. Saavedra-Pellitero, F. Bassinot, A-J. Drury, M.H. Walczak, K. Nagashima, M. Murayama (2019), A 5.3-million-year history of monsoonal precipitation in northwestern Australia. Geophysical Research Letters. doi:10.1029/2019GL083035  

Reilly, B.T., J.S. Stoner, A.C. Mix, M.H. Walczak, A. Jennings, M. Jakobsson, L. Dyke, K. Hogan, L.A. Mayer, S. Fallon, M Cheseby (2019), Holocene break-up and reestablishment of the Petermann Ice Tongue, Northwest Greenland. Quaternary Science Reviews. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.06.023

Jennings, A.E., J. Andrews, B. Oliver, M. Walczak, A. Mix (2019) Retreat of the Smith Sound Ice Stream in the Early Holocene. Boreas. doi:10.1111/bor.12391

Blake-Mizen, K., J.S. Stoner, R.G. Hatfield, A.E. Carlson, C. Xuan, M.H Walczak, K.T. Lawrence, J. Channell, I. Bailey (2019), Southern Greenland  glaciation and Western Boundary Undercurrent evolution recorded on Eirik Drift during the late Pliocene intensification of Northern Hemisphere glaciation. Quaternary Science Reviews doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.01.015

Du, J., A. Mix, B. Haley, A.C. Mix, M.H. Walczak, S.K. Praetorius (2018), Flushing of the deep Pacific drives deglacial rise of atmospheric CO2. Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0205-6

Tynan, S., B.N. Opdyke, A. Dutton, M.H. Walczak, S. Fallon (2017), Late Holocene interannual temperature variability inferred from the δ18O of Ostrea angasi shells. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences: doi:10.1080/08120099.2017.1360939

Walczak, M.H., J.S. Stoner, A.C. Mix, D. Heslop, J. Channell, J. Jaeger, G. Rosen, J. Southon, C. Xuan, (2017), A 17,000 year Paleomagnetic Secular Variation record from the Gulf of Alaska, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett. doi: 10.10.1016/j.epsl.2017.05.022

Carlson, A., 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, (2017), Recent retreat of Columbia Glacier, Alaska: Millennial context, Geology doi:10.1130/G38479.1

Montelli, A., S.P. Gulick, L.L. Worthington, A. Mix, M.H. Davies-Walczak, S. Zellers, J. Jaeger (2017), Late Quaternary glacial dynamics and sedimentation variability in Bering Trough, Gulf of Alaska. Geology 45(1) doi:10.1130/G38836.1

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 doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.08.009

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), TLate Glacial to Holocene radiocarbon constraints on North Pacific Intermediate Water ventilation and deglacial atmospheric CO2 sources, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 397:57-66 doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2014.04.004

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). doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.341.101.2014

Expedition 341 Scientists (2013), Southern Alaska margin: Interactions of tectonics, climate, and sedimentation. IODP Preliminary Report 341. doi:10.2204/   

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. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.09.011

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