Photo by Peter Sprouse in Muzquiz, Mexico, 2008

Photo by Peter Sprouse in Muzquiz, Mexico, 2008

Research interests

Climate change is one of society's most pressing challenges. Understanding how on-going climate change will impact our water resources requires an intimate understanding of the natural and anthropogenic processes that influence water availability and water quality. Furthermore, it is important to characterize the natural variability  in these processes in the past and present. Dr. Wong addresses such questions as "What climate processes govern past variability in the hydroclimate of the Americas?' and "What are the dominant sources and processes dictating urban water compositions?" To read more about specific projects, please visit our Research page.



Corinne I. Wong
Research Associate
Environmental Science Institute
The University of Texas at Austin
2275 Speedway, C9000
Austin, TX 78712
Office - JGB 5.212A





Dr. Wong joins collaborators from Univ. of California Irvine and MIT  in development of paleoclimate research in Mexican caves. See Photos. (May 2018)


Presentations at the 2017 Fall AGU Meeting (Dec 2017):

  • PP41A-1286: Assessing Covariation of Holocene Monsoon Intensity and Local Moisture Conditions in Eastern and Southwestern Amazon Basin Using Speleothem δ18O and 87Sr/86Sr Values
  • PP53B-1129: Impact of the 2015/2016 El Niño event on rainwater and cave dripwater isotopes in Northern Borneo
  • PP23E-07: Widespread Permafrost Thaw During Marine Isotope Stage 11 from Arctic Speleothems
  • PP31C-1299: A Uranium-Lead Chronology of Speleothem Deposition in the Canadian Arctic

Dr. Wong returns to Univ. of Texas at Austin as a Research Associate with the Environmental Science Institute (June 2017)

Presentation at the Data Assimilation-Proxy System Modeling in Belgium (May 2017)

  • Assessing proxy system models of cave dripwater δ18O variability

Presentations at the 2017 Karst Records VIII Meeting in Austin, TX (May 2017):

  • Assessing proxy system models of cave dripwater δ18O variability
  • Delineating controls on speleothem-based moisture proxies in a Brazilian cave from the co-variation of 87Sr/86Sr, δ44/40Ca, and trace element ratios.
  • Shift in tropical vegetation in western Brazil during Last Glacial Maximum-Holocene transition disconnected from rainfall variations.

Reconstructing past hydroclimate with speleothem Sr isotopes. Article In Press with Earth and Planetary Science Letters by MS student Barbara Wortham. Congrats! (Feb 2017) - link

Upcoming presentations at the 2016 Fall AGU meeting:

Isotope Clean Lab and Instrument Room Grand Opening! (Oct, 2016)

   Image LICENSE RIGHTS to Structure tone, TCI, and Air Control

 Image LICENSE RIGHTS to Structure tone, TCI, and Air Control

Clean Analytical Geochemistry Laboratory. A new ~750 sq ft clean lab complex with class 1000 room conditions, as well as eleven Class 100 laminar fume hoods and/or work cubbies. The lab will be used primarily for sample dissolution and column chromatography for TIMS analysis.

Drs. Wong and Silva received NSF grant to investigate Holocene climate-vegetation links in Brazil!

  • Assessing climate-biosphere linkages using Late Holocene records of climate variability and vegetation dynamics from the Brazilian Amazon and Savanna

They travel to Brazil to collect samples and begin a cave monitoring program in Paraiso Cave in the Eastern Amazon and Tamboril Cave in central Brazil in collaboration. See more photos from the field. (August 2016)

 fracture controlled stalagtite growth in paraiso cave, Brazil

fracture controlled stalagtite growth in paraiso cave, Brazil

Drs. Wong and Shakun have been received two NSF grants! (April 2016)

  • Speleothem records of permafrost thaw and paleoclimate in the North American Artic
  • Upgrade of Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer

Dr. Wong has been invited to give presentations at the 10th South American Symposium on Isotope Geology (SSAGI) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (May 22-25) and the 2016 Goldschmidt Conference in Yokohama, Japan (June 26-July 1).

Dr. Wong gave two talks and Barbara Wortham (masters student) presented a poster at the 2015 Fall AGU Meeting in San Francisco:

 barbara wortham presenting her poster at agu (2015)

barbara wortham presenting her poster at agu (2015)


Dr. Wong is giving three talks at the 2015 Annual GSA Meeting in Baltimore:

Welcome to Michael Tappa, the new Manager of Major Analytical Research Laboratories! Master Tappa joins us from the Center of Cosmochemistry and Geochronology at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. October 2015.

New Manuscript! "Advancements in the use of speleothems as climate archives" in a special, speleothem-focused issue of Quaternary Science Reviews, volume 127. (Sept 2015).

Dr. Wong selected to participate in Expert Witness Training Academy for climate scientists (Aug 2015).

Dr. Wong attended Thermo IRMS and GC training course in Ottawa at the Hatch Stable Isotope Research Lab. (July 2015).

New Manuscript!  Holocene climate variability in Texas, USA: An integration of existing paleoclimate data and modeling with a new, high-resolution speleothem record in a special, speleothem-focused issue of Quaternary Science Reviews, volume 127 (July 2015).

The Earth Science Women's Network features Dr. Wong in a member spotlight (May 2015).

Dr. Wong will be a speaker for the 2015 Pint of Science Annual Festival in Boston/Cambridge. The talk and following Q&A is titled, "A Caver Perspective on Water and Climate Change." Wednesday May 20th, 2015 at Sissy K's at 8:30.

Preliminary designs for the construction of a clean lab are complete, and the estimated budget approved! The new lab is a collaboration between Dr. Baxter and Dr. Wong to enable in-house isotope separation chemistry, and is expected to be completed by Jan 2016. (April 2015).

Dr. Breecker and Dr. Wong have been accepted as guest editors for a special, thematic issue of Quaternary Science Reviews focusing on speleothem research. (Nov 2014).

Dr. Wong will present her latest research, "1,500 year periodicity in central Texas moisture source variability reconstructed from speleothems (posterrefs)" and "Why were Past North Atlantic Warming Conditions Associated with Drier Climate in the Western United States?" at the 2014 Fall American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, CA (Dec. 15-19, 2014).

Dr. Wong will be attending the PAGES-supported meeting, "Past as Prolouge: Holocene Climate as Context for Future Climate Change" in Portland, Oregon (Oct. 13-16, 2014).

Dr. Wong spent a week in the field exploring caves and collecting speleothem samples in the eastern Amazon (see photos).

Dr. Wong attended the Community Earth System Model Tutorial Workshop at the National Center for Atmospheric Science in Boulder, CO (Aug. 11-15, 2014)