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Our group


David McGee

Associate Professor

David came to MIT in 2012 after graduate studies at Tulane and Columbia Universities and a postdoc at the University of Minnesota. Prior to grad school, he taught secondary school science for 6 years. Outside of the lab group, he directs the Terrascope first-year learning community and serves as the departmental faculty lead for diversity, equity and inclusion.


Cameron Batchelor

Postdoctoral Fellow

Cameron is an NSF postdoctoral fellow using high-resolution analysis of Canadian speleothems to understand seasonal and interannual climate variability in past interglacials. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 2021. Here is her personal website.

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Angela Douglass

Undergraduate researcher

Angela is a Wellelsey College sophomore and is developing trace element records from stalagmites to reconstruct past rainfall changes in Madagascar.


Michaela Fendrock

Graduate Student

Michaela uses proxy system modeling to study climate change in the late Pleistocene. She models proxies of precipitation in the Southwestern United States and how icebergs carry sediment during Heinrich Events.

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Markey Freudenberg-Puricelli

Undergraduate researcher

Markey is a first-year MIT student and is helping build oxygen isotope records from Canadian cave deposits.


Adam Jost

Research Scientist

Adam Jost manages the McGee Lab facilities. He is interested in exploring questions about the co-evolution of life and the environment over geologic time using isotope geochemistry. His ongoing work revolves around ocean anoxia & acidification during mass extinction events, Neoproterozoic glaciations, and the impact of diagenesis on isotope proxies. Here is his personal website.


Benjamin Tiger

Graduate Student

Ben is working on a project reconstructing past precipitation and ecosystem changes in Madagascar using stalagmites.

Former group members

Graduate students (with current position)

Christine Chen (postdoc, Lawrence Livermore National Lab)

Christopher Kinsley (postdoc, Berkeley Geochronology Center)

Gabriela Serrato Marks (program coordinator, Broad Institute)

Elena Steponaitis (research scientist, NASA)


Postdocs (with current position)

Chris Hayes (assistant professor, U. Southern Mississippi)
Ben Hardt (secondary school science teacher)
Yu-Te (Alan) Hsieh (research scientist, Oxford U.)
Charlotte Skonieczny (assistant professor, U. Paris Sud)
Francois Tissot (assistant professor, Caltech)


Undergraduate students

Aviva Intveld (Fall 2021)
Pratistha Timilsina (Spring/Summer 2021)
Anna Meurer (Summer 2020)
Viban Gonzales (Spring 2020)
Ruth Tweedy (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)
Naomi Lutz, MIT UROP (Winter 2019)
Olivia Parsons, MIT UROP (Winter 2019)
Edith Chavez, MIT UROP (Winter 2019)
Sarah Weidman, MIT UROP (Summer/Fall 2018)
Gabriela Cazares, MIT UROP (Spring 2018-Spring 2019)
Andrew Iverson, MIT UROP (Winter 2018-Spring 2019)
Jade Fischer, MIT UROP (Winter/Spring 2018-Fall 2021)
Zixuan Rao, University of Science and Technology of China (Summer 2017)
Yan Zhang, Tongji University senior thesis (Winter-Spring 2017)
Kaylee Brent, MIT UROP and senior thesis (Summer 2016-2017)
Abnell Comas, MIT UROP (Winter 2016)
Zachary Norberg, St. Olaf College (Summer 2015)
Ashling Neary, MIT UROP and senior thesis (Summer 2014-2016)
Jeff Rosen, Carleton College, Undergraduate Thesis (Summer 2014-Fall 2015)
Jessica Fujimori, MIT undergraduate thesis (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)
Michaela Fendrock, Wellesley College, Summer internship (Summer 2013)
Lucy Page, Williams College, Summer internship (Summer 2013)
Matthieu Pythoud, U. Minnesota, Summer internship (Summer 2013)
Siyi Zhang, Wellesley College, UROP/Summer internship (Summer-Fall 2012)