Dr. Meg Blome

Teaching Assistant Professor



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  • Sc. Geology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 2004
  • Fulbright Scholar, Jordan, Arabic Language Studies, 2004-2005
  • D. Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2012

Research Interests

My research interests are varied ranging from lake studies to geoarchaeology to petroleum systems.  More specifically, lake studies typically involve paleoenvironmental reconstructions using microfossils from sediments deposited in lacustrine environments.  Geoarchaeological projects may range from remote sensing mapping of historic cemeteries to using sediments at or near archaeological sites to interpret past surficial environments. Finally, after spending nearly 7 years working as a development geologist in oil and gas, I enjoy unraveling the depositional history of basins from a petroleum systems perspective.


Selected Publications (students underlined)

Thompson, et al., 2021. Early human impacts and ecosystem reorganization in southern-central Africa. Science Advances, 7, www.science.org/doi/pdf/10.1126/sciadv.abf9776.

Ivory, S.J., Blome, M.W., King, J.W., McGlue, M.M., Cole, J.E., Cohen, A.S. 2016. Environmental change explains cichlid adaptive radiation at Lake Malawi over the past 1.2 million years.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (42): 11895-11900.

Lyons, et al., 2015.  Continuous 1.3-million-year record of East African hydroclimate, and implications for patterns of evolution and biodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112 (51), 15568-15573.

Blome, M.W., Cohen, A.S., Lopez, M.J. 2014. Modern distribution of ostracodes and other limnological indicators in southern Lake Malawi: implications for paleoecological studies. Hydrobiologia, 728 (1): 179-200.

Blome, M.W., Cohen, A.S., Tryon, C.A., Brooks, A.S., Russell, J. 2012.  The environmental contenxt for the origins of modern human diversity: a synthesis of regional variability in African climate 150,000-30,000 years ago. Journal of Human Evolution, 62 (5): 563-592.

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