Joseph Licciardi

Professor, Chair, 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: Glacial Geology
  • ESCI 765: Paleoclimatology
  • ESCI 766: Volcanology
  • ESCI 796: Topics/Iceland Field Trip
  • ESCI 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

Licciardi, J. M., & Pierce, K. L. (2018). History and dynamics of the Greater Yellowstone Glacial System during the last two glaciations. Quaternary Science Reviews, 200, 1-33. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.08.027

Singer, B. S., Le Mével, H., Licciardi, J. M., Córdova, L., Tikoff, B., Garibaldi, N., . . . Feigl, K. L. (2018). Geomorphic expression of rapid Holocene silicic magma reservoir growth beneath Laguna del Maule, Chile. Science Advances, 4(6), eaat1513. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aat1513

Sinclair, S. N., Licciardi, J. M., Campbell, S. W., & Madore, B. M. (2018). Character and origin of De Geer moraines in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, USA. Journal of Quaternary Science, 33(2), 225-237. doi:10.1002/jqs.3017

Stansell, N. D., Licciardi, J. M., Rodbell, D. T., & Mark, B. G. (2017). Tropical ocean-atmospheric forcing of Late Glacial and Holocene glacier fluctuations in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(9), 4176-4185. doi:10.1002/2016gl072408

Andersen, N. L., Singer, B. S., Jicha, B. R., Beard, B. L., Johnson, C. M., & Licciardi, J. M. (2017). Pleistocene to Holocene Growth of a Large Upper Crustal Rhyolitic Magma Reservoir beneath the Active Laguna del Maule Volcanic Field, Central Chile. Journal of Petrology, 58(1), 85-114. doi:10.1093/petrology/egx006

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., Kurz, M. D., Clark, P. U., & Brook, E. J. (1999). Calibration of cosmogenic 3He production rates from Holocene lava flows in Oregon, USA, and effects of the Earth's magnetic field. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 172(3-4), 261-271. doi:10.1016/s0012-821x(99)00204-6

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

Most Cited Publications