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
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)
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.
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
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:
- Assessing a novel approach to proxy system modeling of speleothem d18O values (invited; Tuesday Dec 12, 11:05 am, Moscone West 3020)
- Investigating link between precipitation source, amount, and d18O variability in the southwest US using an isotope enabled model the uses water tags (Tuesday Dec 12, 14:55 am, Moscone West 2012)
- Potential decoupling between the regional monsoon intensity and local moisture conditions during the last millennium in central Brazil (Tuesday Dec 12, 16:15, Moscone West 2018)
Isotope Clean Lab and Instrument Room Grand Opening! (Oct, 2016)
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)
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).
- Quantification of modern moisture source variability to southwest US (invited, Tuesday Dec 15, 9:15 am, Moscone West 2012)
- Reconstructing climate processes driving variability in precipitation sources from mid to late Holocene speleothem d18O records from the southwest US (invited; Tuesday Dec 15, 11:20 am, Moscone West 2012)
- Comparison of laser-ablation and solution-mode ICP-MS techniques for measuring speleothem 87Sr/86Sr values (Friday Dec 18, 1-5 pm, Moscone South)
Dr. Wong is giving three talks at the 2015 Annual GSA Meeting in Baltimore:
- Tracing Chloride sources in urban waterways in Austin, Texas using stable chlorine isotopes (invited; Sunday Nov 1, 2:50 pm, Room 336)
- Transformation of rainfall δ18O variability by the cave and karst environment: results from long-term cave monitoring in central Texas (invited, Monday, Nov 2, 9:25 am, Room 340)
- Reconstructing last millennium variability in the South American Monsoon using δ18O values from the Amazon Basin (Tuesday, Nov 3, 3:55 pm, Room 341)
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).
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).
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 (poster, refs)" 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)