Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Lawson, Vera

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  • Position: PhD Candidate
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  • Research Interests: Paleoceanography, temperature and carbonate trace element proxies
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  • Rutgers University, NJ, Ph.D. candidate
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State University Monterey Bay, CA: MS, Marine Science, 2016
  • Princeton University, NJ: BA, Chemistry, 1981

 Research Interests

  • Paleoceanography and paleoclimatology
  • Trace element biogeochemistry
  • Glaciomarine sedimentation

 Dissertation Title: Carbon Storage and Circulation in the Pacific Ocean from the Mid- to Late Pleistocene

          Advisor and Dissertation Committee

  • Dr. Yair Rosenthal, Advisor (Rutgers University)
  • Dr. Kenneth G. Miller, Committee Chair (Rutgers University)
  • Dr. James D. Wright (Rutgers University)
  • Dr. Robert Sherrell (Rutgers University)
  • Dr. Ana Christina Ravelo (University of California Santa Cruz) 


  • Rutgers University Earth and Planetary Sciences, Dissertation Teaching Assistant, 2019-2022
  • Hamilton-Wenham High School, Massachusetts, Chemistry and Earth Science teacher, 1993-1995
  • High School Math and Science teacher, various private schools, 1981 - 1989

  Honors and Awards

  • IODP Post Expedition Research Award, 2020-2022
  • IODP Expedition 383 Scientist, summer 2019
  • Rutgers Excellence Fellowship, fall 2017 to spring 2020
  • National Military Family Association, Military Spouse Scholarship, spring 2017
  • Elected to Sigma Xi, spring 1981


  • Lamy, F., Winckler, G., Alvarez Zarikian, C.A., and the Expedition 383 Scientists, 2021. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program Volume 383
  • Lamy, F., Winckler, G., Alvarez Zarikian, C.A., and the Expedition 383 Scientists, 2019.  Expedition 383 Preliminary Report: Dynamics of the Pacific Antarctic Circumpolar Current. International Ocean Discovery Program.
  • Lawson, V.J. (2016). Tracking icebergs and sea ice in the mid-Pleistocene Bering Sea suggests sea ice affects ice sheet growth. Master’s thesis, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State University Monterey Bay

Ocean Expeditions

  • IODP Expedition 383, Dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, DYNAPACC, Physical Properties Specialist, May 20 – July 20, 2019

Professional Organizations

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA)
  • Sigma Xi
  • Vermont Geological Society (VGS)

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