Dr. Liviu Giosan

Associate Scientist w/Tenure
Geology & Geophysics

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Contact Information:
Clark 257

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #22
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

Human-climate-landscape interactions: Role of natural phenomena on development/collapse of civilizations and role of human societies on modifying Earth's environment based on reconstructions from marine/continental deposits.

Morphodynamics and Sedimentation: Rivers, deltas and supply-dominated continental margins.

Paleoceanography/Paleoclimatology: Sources, transport, transformations, and climatic significance of clastic/biogenic/authigenic sediments in marine, fluvial, and other aquatic environments.

Latest Publications

Giosan, L. et al., 2017, On the Holocene Evolution of the Ayeyawady Megadelta, Earth Surface Dynamics, pre-print discussion paper.

Giosan, L. et al., 2017, Massive Erosion in Monsoonal Central India Linked to Late Holocene Landcover Degradation, Earth Surface Dynamics, in press.

Orsi, L. et al., 2017, Climate oscillations reflected within the microbiome of Arabian Sea sediments, Scientific Reports, 7 (1), p. 6040.

Nienhuis, J. et al., 2017, Large-scale coastal and fluvial models constrain the late Holocene evolution of the Ebro Delta, Earth Surface Dynamics, 5, p. 1-19.

Freymond, C.V. et al., 2017, Branched GDGT signals in fluvial sediments of the Danube River basin: Method comparison and longitudinal evolution, Organic Geochemistry, 103, pp. 88-96.


2018-2019 IODP Ocean Discovery Lecturer
2016-2018 Visiting Professor, University of Bucharest, Romania
2006-2007 Honorary Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen
2001 CICOR Postdoctoral Scholar, WHOI
1993 NAFSA Baltic and East European Program Award



10 summer and guest undergraduate students since 2006.

Doctoral Advisor/Committee:

Camilo Ponton, PhD, 2012 (postdoc Caltech)
Jaap Nienhuis, PhD 2015 (Florida State University)

Postdoctoral Mentor:

Ann Dunlea, 2016-2018
Nitesh Khonde, 2017 (Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany, India)
Sam Munoz, 2015-2017 (Northeastern University)
Guillaume Soulet, 2013-2015 (postdoc University Durham, UK)
Nalaka Ranashinghe, 2011-2012 (Paradenya University, Sri Lanka)
Andrew Ashton, 2005-2007 (WHOI)


Bucharest University
Geological Engineering Diploma 1993

SUNY Stony Brook
Marine Environmental Sciences MSc 1995

SUNY Stony Brook
Marine and Atmospheric Sciences PhD 2001