Dr Gordon Bromley

B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD

Contact Details


Geography
Room 123A
School of Geography & Archaeology
NUI Galway

T: +353 91 492128
E: gordon.bromley@nuigalway.ie
W: www.gordonbromleyartofscience.com
 
researcher

Biography

The 'How' and 'Why' of climate change, and its impacts on the surface of our planet, are my broad areas of research interest. We live in a vast natural laboratory and are surrounded by geologic evidence for ice ages, abrupt climate change, and myriad human-climate interactions. My research here at NUIG employs a primarily glacial-geologic approach and a Big Picture vantage to reconstruct past change, information we can then use to better understand the present and inform projections of the future. Currently, I am leading investigations in Antarctica, the tropical Andes, and the British Isles, and I welcome enquiries from potential students and collaborators interested in tackling key problems of climate in the most breathtaking lab space on Earth. For a more in-depth view of my research programme, please visit my website.

Research Interests

The Ice Age cycle
Tropical climate
Abrupt climate change
Glaciation and volcanism
Ice sheet stability
Quaternary landscape evolution
Palaeoindian settlement of South America
Cosmogenic geochronology


Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Rapid early-Holocene deglaciation in the Ross Sea, Antarctica'
Perry Spector, John Stone, Seth G. Cowdery, Brenda Hall, Howard Conway, Gordon Bromley (2017) 'Rapid early-Holocene deglaciation in the Ross Sea, Antarctica'. Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (15):7817-7825 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Age of the Pineo Ridge System: Implications for behavior of the Laurentide Ice Sheet in eastern Maine, U.S.A., during the last deglaciation'
Brenda L. Hall, Harold W. Borns Jr., Gordon R. M. Bromley, Thomas V.Lowell (2017) 'Age of the Pineo Ridge System: Implications for behavior of the Laurentide Ice Sheet in eastern Maine, U.S.A., during the last deglaciation'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 169 (1):344-356 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Comment on 'Was Scotland deglaciated during the Younger Dryas?' by Small and Fabel (2016)'
Bromley, G.R.M., Putnam, A.E., Lowell, T.V., Hall, B.L., Schaefer, J.M. (2016) 'Comment on 'Was Scotland deglaciated during the Younger Dryas?' by Small and Fabel (2016)'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 152 :203-206 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'A cosmogenic 10Be chronology for the local last glacial maximum and termination in the Cordillera Oriental, southern Peruvian Andes: Implications for the tropical role in global climate'
Gordon R.M. Bromley, Joerg M. Schaefer, Brenda L. Hall, Kurt M. Rademaker, Aaron E. Putnam, Claire E. Todd, Matthew Hegland, Gisela Winckler, Margaret S. Jackson, Peter D. Strand (2016) 'A cosmogenic 10Be chronology for the local last glacial maximum and termination in the Cordillera Oriental, southern Peruvian Andes: Implications for the tropical role in global climate'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 148 :54-67 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Holocene ice recession at Polygon Spur, Reedy Glacier, Antarctica'
Hall, B., Bromley, G., Stone, J., Conway, H (2016) 'Holocene ice recession at Polygon Spur, Reedy Glacier, Antarctica'. The Holocene, 27 (1):122-129 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Cuncaicha Rockshelter, a Key Site for Understanding Colonization of the High Andes Reply to Capriles et al'
Kurt Rademaker, Gregory Hodgins, Katherine Moore, Sonia Zarrillo, Christopher Miller, Gordon R. M. Bromley, Peter Leach, David Reid, Willy Yépez Álvarez, Daniel H. Sandweiss (2016) 'Cuncaicha Rockshelter, a Key Site for Understanding Colonization of the High Andes Reply to Capriles et al'. Current Anthropology, 57 (1):101-103 [Details]
(2015) 'Late glacial fluctuations of the Laurentide Ice Sheet in the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire, U.S.A'
Bromley, G.R.M., Hall, B.L., Thompson, W.B., Kaplan, M.R., Garcia, J.L., Schaefer, J.M. (2015) 'Late glacial fluctuations of the Laurentide Ice Sheet in the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire, U.S.A'. Quaternary Research, 83 (3):522-530 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Paleoindian settlement of the high-altitude Peruvian Andes'
Rademaker, K;Hodgins, G;Moore, K;Zarrillo, S;Miller, C;Bromley, GRM;Leach, P;Reid, DA;Alvarez, WY;Sandweiss, DH (2014) 'Paleoindian settlement of the high-altitude Peruvian Andes'. Science, 346 :466-469 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Pyroxene separation by HF leaching and its impact on helium surface-exposure dating'
Bromley, GRM;Winckler, G;Schaefer, JM;Kaplan, MR;Licht, KJ;Hall, BL (2014) 'Pyroxene separation by HF leaching and its impact on helium surface-exposure dating'. Quaternary Geochronology, 23 :1-8 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Younger Dryas deglaciation of Scotland driven by warming summers'
Bromley, GRM;Putnam, AE;Rademaker, KM;Lowell, TV;Schaefer, JM;Hall, B;Winckler, G;Birkel, SD;Borns, HW (2014) 'Younger Dryas deglaciation of Scotland driven by warming summers'. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 111 :6215-6219 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Peru archaeological radiocarbon database, 13,000-7000 C-14 B.P'
Rademaker, K;Bromley, GRM;Sandweiss, DH (2013) 'Peru archaeological radiocarbon database, 13,000-7000 C-14 B.P'. Quaternary International, 301 :34-45 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Extensive recession of Cordillera Darwin glaciers in southernmost South America during Heinrich Stadial 1'
Hall, BL;Porter, CT;Denton, GH;Lowell, TV;Bromley, GRM (2013) 'Extensive recession of Cordillera Darwin glaciers in southernmost South America during Heinrich Stadial 1'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 62 :49-55 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Late Pleistocene evolution of Scott Glacier, southern Transantarctic Mountains: implications for the Antarctic contribution to deglacial sea level'
Bromley, GRM;Hall, BL;Stone, JO;Conway, H (2012) 'Late Pleistocene evolution of Scott Glacier, southern Transantarctic Mountains: implications for the Antarctic contribution to deglacial sea level'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 50 :1-13 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Late Pleistocene snowline fluctuations at Nevado Coropuna (15 degrees S), southern Peruvian Andes'
Bromley, GRM;Hall, BL;Rademaker, KM;Todd, CE;Racovteanu, AE (2011) 'Late Pleistocene snowline fluctuations at Nevado Coropuna (15 degrees S), southern Peruvian Andes'. Journal of Quaternary Science, 26 :305-317 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Glacier fluctuations in the southern Peruvian Andes during the late-glacial period, constrained with cosmogenic He-3'
Bromley, GRM;Hall, BL;Schaefer, JM;Winckler, G;Todd, CE;Rademaker, KM (2011) 'Glacier fluctuations in the southern Peruvian Andes during the late-glacial period, constrained with cosmogenic He-3'. Journal of Quaternary Science, 26 :37-43 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Late Cenozoic deposits at Reedy Glacier, Transantarctic Mountains: implications for former thickness of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet'
Bromley, GRM;Hall, BL;Stone, JO;Conway, H;Todd, CE (2010) 'Late Cenozoic deposits at Reedy Glacier, Transantarctic Mountains: implications for former thickness of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29 :384-398 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Late-Quaternary evolution of Reedy Glacier'
Todd, C.E., Stone, J.O., Conway, H., Hall, B.L., Bromley, G.R.M. (2010) 'Late-Quaternary evolution of Reedy Glacier'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29 (11-12):1328-1341 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Relative timing of last glacial maximum and late-glacial events in the central tropical Andes'
Bromley, GRM;Schaefer, JM;Winckler, G;Hall, BL;Todd, CE;Rademaker, KM (2009) 'Relative timing of last glacial maximum and late-glacial events in the central tropical Andes'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28 :2514-2526 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2012) 'Connecting the Dots: Least-Cost Analysis, Paleogeography, and the Search for Palaeoindian Sites in Southern Highland Peru'
Rademaker, K., Reid, D.A., Bromley, G.R.M. (2012) 'Connecting the Dots: Least-Cost Analysis, Paleogeography, and the Search for Palaeoindian Sites in Southern Highland Peru' In: Least Cost Analysis of Social Landscapes: Archaeological Case Studies. Salt Lake City: University of Utah. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 Resolving the impact of so-called “Heinrich Stadial 1 Comer Family Foundation
2016 Blowing Hot or Cold? Resolving the terrestrial impact of North Atlantic stadials National Geographic Society/WAITT Foundation
2016 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplement National Science Foundation
2015 The last glaciation of Scotland: Implications for our understanding of abrupt climate change University of Maine Faculty Research Fund
2015 Collaborative Research: Potential direct geologic constraints on ice-sheet thickness in the central Transantarctic Mountains during the Pliocene warm period National Science Foundation
2012 Constraining late Quaternary glacier and environmental change in the high Colombian páramo Institute for Latin American Studies
2012 Building Peruvian capacity for monitoring and modeling the effects of climate change on the Coropuna Glacier and associated watersheds in Arequipa, Peru USAID-NSF PEER programme
2011 Outstanding PhD Award University of Maine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry & Agriculture
2011 The Loch Lomond Readvance in Scotland: constraint and calibration Lamont Climate Center
2011 Rapid deglaciation and volcanism Lamont Climate Center
2010 Collaborative Research: Timing and structure of the last glacial maximum and termination in southern Peru: Implications for the role of the tropics in climate change National Science Foundation (P2C2)
2009 A Late Pleistocene chronology of glacier fluctuation in the tropical Andes Comer Science and Education Foundation
2006 Geologic Society of America Research Grant Outstanding Mention Geological Society of America
2006 Reconstructing the Late Quaternary glacial history of the Cordillera Ampato, Peru Geological Society of America
2006 Late Pleistocene climate and glacier fluctuations in the tropical Andes Sigma Xi
2006 Reconstructing the Late-Quaternary glacial and environmental history of Nevado Firura, Peru PRIME Lab seed grant
2003 Mathieson Prize for Excellence in Geography St Andrews University

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Royal Geographical Society member /
British Society of Geomorphology member /
American Geophysical Union member /
Sigma Xi member /

Reviews

  Journal Role
Journal of Quaternary Science Reviewer
Quaternary Geochronology Reviewer
Journal Of Geophysical Research Reviewer
Quaternary Science Reviews Reviewer
Geomorphology Reviewer
Scientific Reports Reviewer
Nature Reviewer
Geophysical Research Letters Reviewer
Quaternary Research Reviewer

Other Activities

  Description

Reviewer for: National Science Foundation Austrian Science Fund NERC Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Swiss National Science Foundation The Paradigm Challenge (USA)

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
Semester 2 The Tropical Ocean and Global Climate TI6124