Joseph Licciardi

Department Chair and Professor, Earth Sciences

Phone: (603) 862-3135
Office: Earth Sciences, James Hall Rm 316, Durham, NH 03824
Joe Licciardi

My primary fields of study include glacial geology and geomorphology, paleoclimatology, and volcanology. Most of my work places a strong emphasis on geochronology and/or understanding mechanisms of climate change. Past and present research projects generally address problems by integrating field work, laboratory methods, and modeling exercises. The application of cosmogenic isotope surface exposure dating methods figures prominently in many of these projects. My main study sites are located in the western United States (particularly the greater Yellowstone and Grand Teton regions), Iceland, and the Peruvian Andes, but I have also worked on projects in Alaska, Hawaii, and the Galápagos Islands. Timescales of interest generally fall within the Quaternary Period; I am especially interested in glacier fluctuations, climate variability, and volcanic activity during the late Pleistocene and Holocene.


  • Ph.D., Geology, Oregon State University
  • M.S., Geology, Oregon State University
  • B.A., Geology, State University of New York at Geneseo
  • B.A., Geography, State University of New York at Geneseo

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 402: Earth History
  • ESCI 561: Landscape Evolution
  • ESCI 762/862: Glacial Geology
  • ESCI 765/865: Paleoclimatology
  • ESCI 766/866: Volcanology
  • ESCI 796/896: Topics/Iceland Field Trip
  • ESCI 997: Seminar in Earth Sciences
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Earth Sciences
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Earth Sciences

Selected Publications

Churchill, D. M., Peek, S. E., Hurwitz, S., Manga, M., Damby, D. E., Conrey, R., . . . Licciardi, J. M. (2020). Mineralogy, chemistry and isotope composition of silica sinter deposits from the Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park. U.S. Geological Survey data release. doi:10.5066/P90SU3TV

Möller, P., Benediktsson, Í. Ö., Anjar, J., Bennike, O., Bernhardson, M., Funder, S., . . . Seidenkrantz, M. -S. (2019). Glacial history and palaeo-environmental change of southern Taimyr Peninsula, Arctic Russia, during the Middle and Late Pleistocene. Earth-Science Reviews, 196, 102832. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.04.004

Möller, P., Benediktsson, Í. Ö., Anjar, J., Bennike, O., Bernhardson, M., Funder, S., . . . Seidenkrantz, M. -S. (2019). Data set on sedimentology, palaeoecology and chronology of Middle to Late Pleistocene deposits on the Taimyr Peninsula, Arctic Russia. Data in Brief, 25, 104267. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2019.104267

Schweinsberg, A. D., Briner, J. P., Licciardi, J. M., Bennike, O., Lifton, N. A., Graham, B. L., . . . Zimmerman, S. H. (2019). Multiple independent records of local glacier variability on Nuussuaq, West Greenland, during the Holocene. Quaternary Science Reviews, 215, 253-271. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.05.007

Barth, A. M., Marcott, S. A., Licciardi, J. M., & Shakun, J. D. (2019). Deglacial Thinning of the Laurentide Ice Sheet in the Adirondack Mountains, New York, USA, Revealed by
Cl Exposure Dating. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 34(6), 946-953. doi:10.1029/2018pa003477

Carlson, A. E., Legrande, A. N., Oppo, D. W., Came, R. E., Schmidt, G. A., Anslow, F. S., . . . Obbink, E. A. (2008). Rapid early Holocene deglaciation of the Laurentide ice sheet. NATURE GEOSCIENCE, 1(9), 620-624. doi:10.1038/ngeo285

Clark, P. U. (2001). Freshwater Forcing of Abrupt Climate Change During the Last Glaciation. Science, 293(5528), 283-287. doi:10.1126/science.1062517

Licciardi, J. M., Clark, P. U., Jenson, J. W., & Macayeal, D. R. (1998). Deglaciation of a soft-bedded Laurentide Ice Sheet. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 17(4-5), 427-448. doi:10.1016/S0277-3791(97)00044-9

Clark, P. U., Alley, R. B., Keigwin, L. D., Licciardi, J. M., Johnsen, S. J., & Wang, H. (1996). Origin of the first global meltwater pulse following the Last Glacial Maximum. Paleoceanography, 11(5), 563-577. doi:10.1029/96pa01419

Clark, P. U., Licciardi, J. M., MacAyeal, D. R., & Jenson, J. W. (1996). Numerical reconstruction of a soft-bedded Laurentide Ice Sheet during the last glacial maximum. Geology, 24(8), 679. doi:10.1130/0091-7613(1996)024<0679:nroasb>;2

Most Cited Publications