Dr. Daniel R. Green

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia Climate School

Geoscience 105F
61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964


Daniel Green received his Ph.D. in Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University, where he investigated methods of reconstructing seasonal climate using the chemistry and anatomy of mammalian dentition. As an Earth Institute Postdoctoral Researcher, Daniel is contributing to reconstructions of seasonal environments in east Africa over the last the 30 million years that shaped the evolution of African fauna, including African great apes, and human ancestors. Daniel’s research relies upon stable light isotope geochemistry, trace metal analyses, microscopy, and physiological modeling. You can learn more about Daniel's research at www.danielrgreen.org.


Smith TM, Austin C, Cook L, Dirks W, Green DR, Arora M (2021) Biological rhythms and chemical records in teeth reveal juvenile diet, health, and neurotoxicant exposures retrospectively. In Press, Bioessays.

Merceron G, Berlioz E, Vonhof H, Green DR, Garel M, Noûs C, Tütken T (2021) Tooth tales told by dental diet proxies: an alpine community of sympatric ruminants as a model to decipher the ecology of fossil fauna. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 562:110077.

Stifler CA, Jakes J, North JD, Green DR, Weaver JC, Gilbert PU (2021) Crystal misorientation correlates with hardness in tooth enamels. Acta Biomaterialia 120:124-3.

Green DR, Hardt M, Schulte F, Lee K-H, Pugach MK, Bidlack FB (2019) Mapping the Tooth Enamel Proteome and Amelogenin Phosphorylation Onto Mineralizing Porcine Tooth Crowns. Frontiers in Physiology 10:925.

Goodson JM, Hardt M, Hartman M-L, Alqaderi H, Green DR, Tavares M, Mutawa A-L, Ariga J, Soparkar P, Behbehani J, Behbehani K (2019) Salivary N1-Methyl-2-pyridone-5-carboxamide, a biomarker for uranium uptake, in Kuwaiti children exhibiting exceptional weight gain. Frontiers in Endocrinology 10:382.

Smith TM,* Austin C*, Green DR*, Joannes-Boyau R*, Bailey S, Dumitriu D, Fallon S, Grün R, James HF, Moncel M-H, Williams IS, Wood R, Arora M (2018) Wintertime stress, nursing, and lead exposure in Neanderthal children. Science Advances 4: eaau9483 *These authors contributed equally to this work.

Green DR, Smith TM, Green GM, Bidlack FB, Tafforeau P, Colman AS (2018) Quantitative reconstruction of seasonality from stable isotopes in teeth. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 235:483–504.

Green DR, Olack G, Colman AS (2018) Determinants of blood water δ18O variation in a population of experimental sheep: implications for paleoclimate reconstruction. Chemical Geology 485:32-43.

Green DR, Green GM, Bidlack FB, Colman AS, Tafforeau P, Smith TM (2017) Synchrotron imaging and Markov Chain Monte Carlo reveal tooth mineralization patterns. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186391.

Cho S, Huang ZY, Green DR, Smith DR, Zhang J (2006) Balancing selection generates trans-species polymorphisms at the complementary sex-determination locus of honey bees. Genome Research 16:1366-1375.