Darrell Kaufman

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Regents' Professor


Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1991
M.S. in Geological Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, 1987
B.S. in Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1982
B.A. in Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1982


Office: Geology Annex (bldg #13), room 306
Phone: 928-523-7192
Email: darrell.kaufman@nau.edu
Personal Web Site

Research interests

Darrell Kaufman studies geologic records of environmental and climatic changes that took place during the recent past. Darrell studies lake and glacial deposits that provide an archive of long-term climate variability. Because dating of geological materials is pivotal to understanding the timing, rates, and regional extent of paleoclimatic changes, Darrell is particularly interested in geochronology, especially amino acid geochronology and tephrochronology. And, because accurate dating of geologic deposits is predicated on understanding the geologic context of the dated materials, Darrell has a strong emphasis in field geology. Darrell has been involved in a variety of field-oriented projects, principally in the Arctic where past environmental changes have been most pronounced and where current climatic changes are strongest.


Scarponi, D., Kaufman, D., Amorosi, A., Kowalewski, M., 2012. A quantitative test of the sequence stratigraphic model. Geology, in press.

Badding, M.E., Briner, J.P., Kaufman, D.S., 10Be ages of late Pleistocene deglaciation and Neoglaciation in the north-central Brooks Range, Arctic Alaska. Journal of Quaternary Sciences, in press.

Kaufman, D.S., Cooper, K., Behl, R., Billups, K., Bright, J., Gardner, K., Hearty, P., Jokobbson, M., Mendes, I., O’Leary, M., Polyak, L., Rasmussen, T., Rosa, F., Schmidt, M., 2012, Amino acid racemization in mono-specific foraminifera from Quaternary deep-sea sediments. Quaternary Geochronology, in press.

Kosnik, M.A., Kaufman, D.S., Hua, Q., 2012. Radiocarbon-dated multiple amino acid geochronology of Holocene molluscs from Bramble and Rib Reefs (Great Barrier Reef, Australia). Quaternary Geochronology, DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2012.04.024.

Clark, P.U. and 30 others, 2012, Global climate evaluation during the last deglaciation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109, E1134-E1142.

Kaufman, D.S., 2012, Introduction to the JoPL Special Issue, “Holocene paleoenvironmental records from Arctic lake sediment”. Journal of Paleolimnology 41, 1-8.

Kaufman, D.S., Axford, Y., Anderson, R.S., Lamoureux, S.F., Schindler, D.E., Walker, I.R., Werner, A., 2012, A multi-proxy record of the Last Glacial Maximum and last 14,500 years of paleoenvironmental change at Lone Spruce Pond, southwestern Alaska. Journal of Paleolimnology 41, 9-26.

Huntley, J.W., Kaufman, D.S., Kowalewski, M., Romanek, C.S., Neves, R.J., 2012, Sub-centennial resolution amino acid geochronology for the freshwater mussel Lampsilis for the last 2000 years. Quaternary Geochronology 9, 75-85.

For a complete list of publications and additional information, please download Darrell Kaufman's CV.