Faculty and Staff

Laura Levy

Sedimentology, Quaternary climate change

  • PhD, Earth Sciences, Dartmouth, 2014
  • MS, Geology, Northern Arizona University, 2002
  • BA, Geology, Mount Holyoke College, 1998
Professional Experience:
  • Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University, 2017-present
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Aarhus University, 2014-2017
  • Soundscape Program, Grand Canyon National Park, 2006- 2009
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station, 2003-2005
Personal and Research Interests:

My research focuses on tracking glacier fluctuations since the end of the last ice age (~11,600 years ago) to understand how glaciers and ice sheets have responded to natural climate variability. I use 10Be dating of glacial deposits (e.g. moraines) in conjunction with lake sediment cores from lakes downvalley from glaciers. In addition to conducting research in Greenland, I plan to start research projects in the nearby mountains of northern California. If you are interested in reading more about my research, you can visit my personal website: laurablevy.me.

Courses Taught:

GEOL 109 - General Geology 

GEOL 210 - Earth Systems History

GEOL 332 - Sedimentary Geology

GEOL 435 - Advanced Field Methods

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Levy, L. B., Larsen, N. K., Davidson, T. A., Strunk, A., Olsen, J., & Jeppesen, E., 2017. Contrasting evidence of Holocene ice margin retreat, south‐western Greenland. Journal of Quaternary Science, vol. 32, p. 604-616.

Larsen, N.K., Strunk, A., Levy, L.B., Olsen, J., Bjørk, A.A., Lauridsen, T.L., Jeppesen, E., Davidson, T.A., 2017. Strong altitudinal control on the response of local glaciers to Holocene climate change in southwest Greenland. Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 168, p. 69-78. doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.05.008.

Axford, Y.L., Levy, L.B., Kelly, M.A., Francis, D., Hall, B., Langdon, P.G., Lowell, T., 2017. Timing and magnitude of early Holocene warmth in East Greenland inferred from chironomids. Boreas 46(2), doi: 10.1111/bor.12247.

Lusas, A.R., Hall, B.L., Lowell, T.V., Kelly, M.A., Bennike, O., Levy, L.B., Honsaker, W., 2017. Holocene climate and environmental history of East Greenland inferred from lake sediments. Journal of Paleolimnology 57(4), 321-341, doi: 10.1007/s10933-017-9951-5.

Strunk, A., Knudsen, M.A., Egholm, D.L., Jansen, J.D., Levy, L.B., Jacobsen, B.H., Larsen, N.K., 2017. One million years of glaciation and deunudation history in Greenland: Nature Communications vol. 8, 1-8, doi: 10.1038/ncomms14199.

Levy, L.B., Kelly, M.A., Lowell, T.V., Hall, B.H., Howley, J.A., Smith, C.A, 2016. Coeval fluctuations of the Greenland Ice Sheet and a local glacier, central East Greenland,during late-glacial and early Holocene time: Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 43, 1623-1631, doi: 10.1002/2015GL067108.

Levy, L.B., Kelly, M.A., Lowell, T.V., Hall, B.H., Hempel, L.A., Honsaker, W.M., Lusas, A.R., Howley, J.A., Axford, Y.L., 2014. Holocene fluctuations of Bregne ice cap, Scoresby Sund, east Greenland: a proxy for climate along the Greenland Ice Sheet margin: Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 92, p. 357-368. 

Lowell, T.V., Hall, B.L., Kelly, M.A., Bennike, O., Lusas, A.R., Honsaker, W., Smith, C.A., Levy, L.B., Travis, S., Denton, G., 2013. Late Holocene expansion of Istorvet ice cap, Liverpool Land, east Greenland: Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 63, p. 128-140. 

Levy, L.B., Kelly, M.A., Howley, J.A., Virginia, R.A., 2012. Age of the Ørkendalen moraines, Kangerlussuaq, Greenland: Constraints on the extent of the southwestern margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the Holocene: Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 52, p. 1-5. 

Levy, L.B., Kaufman, D.S., and Werner, A., 2004. Holocene glacier fluctuations, Waskey Lake, northeastern Ahklun Mountains, southwestern Alaska: The Holocene, vol. 14 (2), p. 185-193. 

Briner, J.P., Kaufman, D.S., Werner, A., Caffee, M., Levy, L.B., Manley, W.F., Kaplan, M.R., Finkel, R.C., 2004. Glacier readvance during the late glacial (Younger Dryas?) in the Ahklun Mountains, southwestern Alaska: Geology, vol. 30, p. 679-682. 














Laura Levy

Contact Information:

Office: Founders Hall 12
Email: laura.levy@humboldt.edu
Ph. (707) 826-3165