Catherine Beck

Catherine Beck
Catherine Beck

Assistant Professor of Geosciences

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Catherine Beck’s research focuses on how sediments from the East African Rift Valley preserve changes in paleoclimate and paleoenvironment over the past four million years. This work is strongly based in field research, and she is particularly interested in coupling the study of lake sediments with paleoecology and stable isotope analyses in an effort to better constrain the conditions in which early hominins evolved. Beck received her bachelor's in geology and archaeology from Tufts University and her master's and doctorate in geosciences from Rutgers University.

Recent Courses Taught

Sedimentary Geology
Senior Project

Select Publications

Journal Articles

  • Ridge J.C., Balco G., Bayless, R.L., Beck, C.C., Carter L.B., Dean, J.L., Voytek, E.B. , Wei, J.H ., 2012, "The new North American varve chronology: A precise record of southeastern Laurentide ice sheet deglaciation and climate: 18.2-12.55 kyr BP": American Journal of Science, v. 312, p. 685-722.


  • Beck, C.C., Feibel, C.S., Henderek, R.L., Gravina, A., Sier, M., Cohen, A.S., Campisano, C.J., "A fluctuating Pleistocene lake margin: updates from the HSPDP West Turkana Kaitio drill leg": Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 46, No. 6, p.710.
  • Beck, C.C., Feibel, C.S., Wright, J.D., Mortlock, R.A., 2014, "A multi-proxy approach to tracing a regressive event at Ferguson's Gulf, Lake Turkana, Kenya: Implications for modern analogues to assist in interpretations of the Plio-Pleistocene record": European Geosciences Union Abstracts: EGU2014-4629.
  • Beck, C.C., Feibel, C.S., 2014, "Using a multi-proxy approach to refining paleoenvironment and paleoclimatic reconstructions of the Holocene at Lake Turkana, Kenya": Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs Vol. 46, No. 2.
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  • Beck, C.C., Feibel, C.S., 2012, "Changes in ostracod assemblages and their implications for interpretations of recent lake-level fluctuations in Ferguson's Gulf, Lake Turkana, Kenya": Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs Vol. 44, No.7, p. 316.
  • Beck, C.C., Feibel , C.S., Ashley G.A., 2011, "Understanding contributions from ephemeral rivers to the North Basin, Lake Turkana, Kenya": Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 462.
  • Ridge, J.C., Balco, G., Beck, C.C., Voytek, E.B., 2011, "The new North American Varve Chronology: a record of Southeastern Laurentide deglaciation and climate": Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 33.
  • Ridge , J.C., Beck, C.C., Voytek, E.B., Bayless, R.L., Dean, J.L., 2009, "Calibration of a unified New England Varve Chronology: Deglaciation rates and moraine building in the Connecticut Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont": Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 41, n. 3, p. 36.

Appointed to the Faculty: 2015

Educational Background

Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.S., Rutgers University
B.S., Tufts University

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