Stephanie Hunter

Ph.D. Candidate
Groundwater Resources Research Group

Areas of interest

A Multiproxy Approach for Investigating Paleohydrologic Drought

Stephanie's research is focused on studying the past occurrence of droughts in the circum-Pacific. The goal of this project is ultimately to characterize the length and severity of droughts in the past, and identify any links between droughts in different regions of the circum-Pacific (Japan, Southeast Asia, British Columbia, and the Western United States). Droughts can be identified multiple sources of paleoclimate data, including different types of proxy data (natural recorders of past climate events) and output from climate models. The study of past droughts is important, as it will help us further our understanding of the relationship between climate and the hydrologic cycle- information which can then be used to estimate the effects that future droughts may have on our water resources.