Louisa Bradtmiller

Environmental Studies, Science

Macalester College

Louisa Bradtmiller is a paleoclimatologist/paleoceanographer interested in the ocean’s role in climate change on glacial-interglacial timescales. Her ongoing research uses ocean sediments to reconstruct past changes in ocean biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling, with a focus on the transfer of carbon between the ocean and atmosphere during periods of past climate change. Her recent research also includes investigations into changes in major monsoon systems on glacial-interglacial timescales as well as during abrupt climate transitions. She teaches courses on the modern climate system and climate change, paleoclimate, and oceanography. 

  • BA in Geology, Smith College, 2002
  • MA in Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate, Columbia University, 2005
  • PhD in Geochemistry, Columbia University, 2008

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Course Modules (4)

Unit 10: Coupled Economic and Environmental Models part of Modeling Earth Systems
How do people treat commonly held resources? Ecologist Garrett Hardin suggested that, in the absence of any restrictions or incentives, rational people will tend to drastically overuse any common resource. In this ...

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Activities (2)

Summative Assessment: Creating a model part of Modeling Earth Systems
The summative assessment for this course requires students to construct, utilize, and critique a numerical model of a climate-related Earth system of their choosing. The project involves four pieces: creating a ...

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Review exercise for introductory Environmental Science course part of Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This activity could be used toward the end of an Introduction to Environmental Science course (or something similar) as a way to help students review for the exam, and also to make sure they are able to see the ...

Courses (3)

Modeling Earth Systems part of Modeling Earth Systems
In this course, we develop the qualitative and quantitative tools for constructing, experimenting with, and interpreting dynamic models of different components of the Earth system. The integrated set of ten modules ...

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The Earth's Climate System part of Complex Systems:Courses
This course will be taught once per year. It provides an introduction to the climate system through lectures, labs, discussions and activities. It uses lecture and inquiry based activities to help students gain ...

Louisa Bradtmiller: Modeling Earth Systems at Macalester College part of Modeling Earth Systems
Building skills and confidence through modeling This course attempts to teach students to think like a modeler in a single semester, without any pre-requisites in math or computer science. By using a visually-based software package and introducing a few new ideas and skills each week, students acquire the tools they need to test hypotheses with their own independently-constructed models by the end of the course. The course was unique for me because there was almost no lecturing; just a few minutes at the start of each week's 3-hour block. The fact that the students spent almost all of in-class time each week working on translating the readings into working models meant that they got to try, fail, ask questions, talk with each other, and try again, all with the instructor present.

Essay (1)

Two approaches to introductory courses in complex systems part of Complex Systems:Workshop 2010:Participant Essays
Louisa Bradtmiller, Macalester College I teach two introductory-level courses about complex systems: Introduction to Environmental Science, and The Earth's Climate System. As their titles suggest, one is ...