David Lund

(Ph.D., MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Professor of Marine Sciences

Fields of Study
Paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, and biogeochemical cycles


My research focuses on the mechanisms that govern climate variability on centennial and longer time scales. In particular, I am interested in quantitative reconstruction of the ocean circulation and the role the ocean circulation plays in the global cycles of water and carbon. We use the following analytical techniques: stable isotope geochemistry, trace and minor element geochemistry, and radiocarbon and U/Th geochronology.

Recent and ongoing research projects include

  • The effect of sea level on mid-ocean ridge magmatism
  • Holocene variability of the El Nino Southern Oscillation using stalagmites from Borneo
  • Stable isotope tracer budget constraints on deep ocean mixing during the Last Glacial Maximum
  • Reconstructing the radiocarbon content of the deep Pacific Ocean during the last deglaciation
  • Exposure age dating of Holocene glacial moraines in the tropical Andes
  • Gulf Stream temperature, salinity and transport during the last millennium
  • Anthropogenic carbon dioxide uptake in the North Atlantic

Oceanography Students

Sarah McCart – M.Sc. Student

Alec Shub – M.Sc. Student

Oceanography Alumni

Emily Seeley – M.Sc. 2016

Melissa Cote – M.Sc. 2016

Matthew Lacerra – M.Sc. 2018

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Jennifer Hertzberg


Lund, D. C., Deep Pacific ventilation ages during the last deglaciation: Evaluating the influence of diffusive mixing and source region reservoir age, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 381, 52-62, 2013.

Tessin, A., and D. C. Lund, Isotopically depleted carbon in the mid-depth South Atlantic during the last deglaciation, revised for Paleoceanography, 28, doi:10.1002/palo.20026, 2013.

Hoffman, J. L., and D. C. Lund, Refining the stable isotope budget for Antarctic Bottom Water: New foraminiferal data from the abyssal southwestern Atlantic, Paleoceanography, 27, doi:10.1029/2011PA002216, 2012.

Lund, D. C., and P. D. Asimow, Does sea level influence mid-ocean ridge magmatism on Milankovitch timescales? G-cubed, 12, doi:10.1029/2011GC003693, 2011.

Lund, D. C., A. C. Mix, and J. Southon, High-resolution deglacial ventilation ages for the deep Northeast Pacific, Nature Geoscience, 4, dpi:10.1038/NGEO1272, 2011.

Sortor, R. N., and D. C. Lund, No evidence for a deglacial intermediate water D14C anomaly in the SW Atlantic, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 310, 65-72, 2011.

Lund, D. C., J. F. Adkins, and R. Ferrari, Abyssal Atlantic circulation during the Last Glacial Maximum: Constraining the ratio between transport and vertical mixing, Paleoceanography, 26, PA1213, doi:10.1029/2010PA001938, 2011.

Woodruff, J. D., Sriver, R. L., and D. C. Lund, Tropical cyclone activity and western North Atlantic stratification over the last millennium: a comparative review with viable connections, Journal of Quaternary Science, 11, dpi:10.1002/jqs.1551, 2011.

Lynch-Stieglitz, J., W. B. Curry, and D. C. Lund. Florida Straits density structure and transport over the last 8000 years. Paleoceanography24, PA3209, doi:10.1029/2009PA001717, 2009.

Licciardi, J., J. Schaeffer, J. Taggert, and D. C. Lund, Holocene Glacier Fluctuations in the Peruvian Andes Indicate Northern Climate Linkages. Science 325, 1677-1679, 2009.

Lund, D. C., J. Lynch-Stieglitz, and W. B. Curry. Gulf Stream Density Structure and Transport during the Past Millennium. Nature 444, doi:10.1038/nature05277, 2006.

Lund, D. C., and W. B. Curry. Florida Current Surface Temperature and Salinity Variabilityduring the Last Millennium. Paleoceanography 21,PA2009, doi:10.1029/2005PA001218, 2006.

Lund, D. C, Regional Abrupt Climate Change Assessment in the Colorado and Columbia River Basins. In Assessments of Regional and Global Environmental Risks. Farrell, A. and J. Jaeger, eds., Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C., 2006

Lund, D. C., and W. B. Curry.Late Holocene Variability in Florida Current Surface Density: Patterns and Possible Causes. Paleoceanography 19, PA4001, doi:10.1029/2004PA001008, 2004.

Buizer, J. L., J. Foster, and D. C. Lund. Global Impacts and Regional Actions: Preparing for the 1997“98 El Nino. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 81, 2121€“2140, 2000.

Mix, A. C., D. C. Lund, N. G. Pisias, P. Boden, L. Bornmalm, M. Lyle, and J. Pike. Rapid Climate Oscillations in the Northeast Pacific During the Last Deglaciation Reflect Northern and Southern Sources. In Mechanisms of Global Climate Change at Millennial Time Scales. P. U. Clark, R. S. Webb, and L. D. Keigwin, eds., AGU Monograph 112, pp. 127-148, 1999.

Lund, D. C., and A. C. Mix. Millennial-scale Deep Water Oscillations: Reflections of the North Atlantic in the Deep Pacific from 10 to 60 ka. Paleoceanography 13, 10-19 1998.

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