Tripti Bhattacharya

Paleoclimate, monsoon systems, proxy reconstruction, tropical climate dynamics

199 McCone Hall



My research has two main focuses:

Reconstructing paleoclimate variability using pollen, geochemistry and stable isotopes

Understanding sources of climatic variability in the short-term instrumental record and in long-term proxy-based paleoclimatic records.

My dissertation focuses on rainfall variability in Central Mexico, but I am broadly interested in monsoonal systems in paleoclimate.


Bhattacharya, T., Byrne, R., Boehnel, H., Wogau, K., Kienel, U., Ingram, B.L. 2015. Cultural implications of late Holocene climate change in the Cuenca Oriental, Mexico. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(6):1693-1698.

Chiang, J.C.H., Fung, I.Y., Wu, C.-H., Cai, Y., Edman, J.E., Liu, Y., Day, J.E., Bhattacharya, T., Mondal, Y., Labrousse, C.A. 2015. Role of seasonal transitions and westerly jets in East Asian paleoclimate. Quaternary Science Reviews 108: 111-129. 

Bhattacharya, T., Chiang, J.C.H. 2014. Spatial variability and mechanisms underlying El Nino-induced drought in Mexico. Climate Dynamics doi: 10.1007/s00382-014-2106-8

Bhattacharya, T., Beach T., Wahl, D. 2011. An analysis of modern pollen rain from the Maya Lowlands of northern Belize. Review of Paleobotany and Palynology 164: 109-120.

Beach, T., Luzzadder-Beach, S., Dunning, N., Jones, J., Lohse, J., Guderjan, T., Bozarth, S., Millspaugh, S., Bhattacharya, T. 2009. A review of human and natural changes in Maya Lowlands wetlands over the Holocene. Quaternary Science Reviews 28: 1710 – 1724.