I’m Rebecca Dzombak, a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan. After graduating magna cum laude from Michigan with a B.S. in both Earth & Environmental Sciences and Communication Studies, I took a year off to work in the Continental Environments Research Group (CERG) lab there. After careful consideration, I decided to stay on and pursue my PhD in Ann Arbor – forever Go Blue!

My research interests are primarily low-temperature geochemical and isotopic climate proxies as applied to terrestrial paleoclimate, not limited to any specific period. I investigate terrestrial iron and carbon cycling in both modern and fossil soils, with the goal of relating soil iron content to climate and atmosphere (e.g., precipitation and oxygen content) over time. I am also interested in better constraining differences in how regional vs. global climates are recorded, and in analyzing how well individual records reflect global climate. The goal of this work is to improve interpretations of paleoclimate data. I am also interested in exploring new tools for detecting signs of early terrestrial life.

Outside of lab, I enjoy trail running, making and consuming vegan baked goods, building things, and napping with my cats.