Dr. Gisela Winckler

Pronouns: she/her

Lamont Research Professor, Geochemistry, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia Climate School

Associate Director, Geochemistry, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

Columbia Climate School

Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES),

Comer 139
61 Route 9W
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Palisades, NY 10964


Gisela Winckler is a Lamont Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory where she also serves as the Associate Director of the Geochemistry Division. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Heidelberg in 1998. She was a researcher at the International Atomic Energy Agency before joining Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in 2001.

Winckler has been a leader in paleoceanography and the interplay of climate change, carbon cycle and aerosols since 2003. As an environmental physicist and isotope geochemist she uses elemental and isotopic analyses (noble gases, U-Th series, cosmogenic and radiogenic isotopes) to unravel processes of climate and environmental change in the oceans and on continents, on timescales ranging from decades to tens of millions of years. Her research uses climate archives such as deep-sea sediments, lake sediments and polar ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland. Her reconstructions of past climates are key to understanding the climate system’s sensitivity to natural variability and anthropogenic perturbations.

Winckler has published more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including in Nature, Science, Nature Geoscience, Science Advances and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Winckler is passionate about mentoring graduate students and postdocs, and a recent recipient of the LDEO Excellence in Mentoring Award. She teaches in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. She serves as the ‘Climate Scientist in Residence’ at Columbia’s Journalism School where she has been involved in developing innovative course material at the interface of journalism, climate science and art. She is deeply engaged in the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) space. She served as the co-chair of the Lamont Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force, and currently co-teaches a seminar on Climate Change, Race and Environmental Justice. More details at wings.ldeo.columbia.edu.



Only select projects listed below
Name Start Date End Date
A Study of Atmospheric Dust in the WAIS Divide Ice Core Based on Sr-Nd-Pb-He Isotopes 6/8/11 7/31/17
Collaborative Research: A High-Sensitivity 10Be and Extraterrestrial 3He Record from an Ice Core at South Pole 5/1/16 10/31/20
Collaborative Research: Dust Deposition, Paleo-Export Production, and Migration of the (ITCZ) Through the Last Glacial Cycle in the West-Central Pacific (Line Islands) 2/15/15 4/30/19
Collaborative Research: Examining Linkages Between the Agulhas Leakage and Ocean Overturning in the Last Glacial Cycle and through the Mid-Pleistocene Transition 9/1/18 8/31/22
Collaborative Research: Geological constraints on the disappearance of the Laurentide Ice Sheet 6/1/20 5/31/23
Collaborative Research: Insights into North African climate variability over the last 1.1 million years from dust fluxes and leaf wax isotopes 6/1/15 5/31/19
Collaborative Research: Multidisciplinary Analysis of Antarctic Blue Ice Moraine Formation and their Potential as Climate Archives over Multiple Glacial Cycles 9/1/15 8/31/18
Collaborative Research: Multi-nuclide approach to systematically evaluate the scatter in surface exposure ages in Antarctica and to develop consistent alpine glacier chronologies 5/1/11 8/31/15
Collaborative Research: Plestocene East Antarctic Ice Sheet History as Recorded in Sediment Provence and Chronology of High-Elevation TAM Moraines 6/1/10 5/31/14
Collaborative Research: Terrestrial Geological Context for Glacier Change in the Northeast Antarctic Peninsula 7/1/12 6/30/17
Collaborative Research: Timing and Structure of the Last Glacial Maximum and Termination in Southern Peru: Implications for the Role of the Tropics in Climate Change 10/1/10 9/30/14
Collaborative Research: West Antarctic Ice Sheet stability, Alpine Glaciation, and Climate Variability: a Terrestrial Perspective from Cosmogenic-nuclide Dating in McMurdo Sound 9/15/13 8/31/17
FESD Type: VOICE: Volcano, Ocean, Ice, and Carbon Experiments 10/1/13 8/30/20
Mapping Saharan Dust Fluxes through the Onset and Termination of the African Humid Period in a Transect of African Margin Cores 9/1/10 8/31/14
PIER: International Collaboration for Education, Training, and Research in Ice Core Science (ICE-ICS) 9/1/10 8/31/17
PIRE: Dust simulated drawdown of atmospheric CO2 as a trigger for Northern Hemisphere Glaciation 10/1/15 9/30/21
GreenDrill: The response of the northern Greenland Ice Sheet to Arctic Warmth - Direct constraints from sub-ice bedrock 10/1/20 9/30/24
Collaborative Research: Developing Argon Techniques to Elucidate Earthquake Chronologies (DATEEQ) 9/1/21 8/31/24
Tracking the Movement and Strength of the Northern Hemisphere Westerlies over the Last Glacial Cycle 7/15/21 6/30/23
Deciphering the Subantarctic South Pacific Ocean's Role in Pleistocene Climate Evolution with IODP Expedition 383 Sediments 5/15/23 4/30/26
Collaborative Research: US GEOTRACES GP17-OCE and GP17-ANT: Properties and Processes Impacting Other Trace EIement and Isotope Cycles using Noble Gas and Stable Isotope Tracers 8/1/22 7/31/25
Collaborative Research: GreenDrill: The Response of the Northern Greenland Ice Sheet to Arctic Warmth - Direct Constrains from Sub-Ice Bedrock 10/1/20 9/30/24