Postdoctoral Research Scientist


Ph.D. (August 2012) Earth and Planetary Sciences; Field work in Eastern Pacific, North Pacific, California coast, etc.

University of California Santa Cruz  (Santa Cruz, CA)  2006-2012

Advisors: Christina Ravelo (web), Paul Koch (web)

Dissertation: Pacific Ocean Pleistocene and Holocene surface temperature variability and implications for climate change

B.A., Geology, magna cum laude; Field work in Italy, Dominican Republic, Southern California, North Pacific

Carleton College  (Northfield, MN)  2002-2006


Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Scientist        Paleoclimate, LDEO

Visiting Faculty – Lecturer                                 Oceanography, San Francisco State University

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow                      Paleoclimate, Barcelona

Graduate Student Researcher  (2007-2012)     Geochemistry and Paleoclimate, UC Santa Cruz

Mentor  (2010-2012)                                          UCSC Laboratory Intern

Teaching Assistant  (2007-2011)                        Oceanography, Field, and Marine Geology courses


  • Oceanography, Climatology, past climate change, ENSO variability
  • Sedimentology, Stratigraphic Correlation, Geochronology
  • Sea-surface temperature reconstructions using stable isotopes (δ18O), molecular biomarkers (lipid ketones), and trace element (Mg, Ca, etc) geochemistry
  • Carbon cycle and pCOreconstruction via boron isotope (δ11B)
  • Data analysis and interpretation using MATLAB, R, GIS-style Ocean Data View, etc.
  • Data visualization using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Excel, etc


2014            EAR Postdoctoral Fellowship (NSF – $174,000)

2012             Departmental Graduate Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences, UCSC ($5,000)

2010-2011    Consortium for Ocean Leadership – Schlanger Ocean Drilling Program Fellow ($28,000)

2010             Outstanding Presentation Award, International Conference on Paleoceanography

2009             CDELSI (Center for the Dynamics and Evolution of the Land-Sea Interface) Research Award ($1,500)

2008             Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

2006-2007    CDELSI Research Fellowship ($15,000)

2006              Duncan Stewart Fellow, Carleton College 


  • Teaching for a Diverse Student Body Symposium, 2015
  • Presentations for local student Career Days, 2015
  • Volunteer work, weekly mentoring for local middle-school students, 2010-present.
  • Reviewed 2-3 proposals per year for National Science Foundation, 2013-2014
  • Judged Regional High School Science Fair, Santa Cruz County Science Fair, 2012
  • American Geophysical Union annual meeting presenter: 2007-2015
  • Oceanography cruise aboard RV Knorr 195-5 in eastern Pacific, Spring 2009
  • Coordinated interdepartmental acquisition of new instrumentation, New Wave Micromill, Fall 2008
  • Submarine paleo-coral sampling aboard HURL (Hawaii Undersea Research Lab), Fall 2006
  • Taught environmental science curriculum to local grade-school students, (volunteer) 2003-06.
  • Oceanography cruise aboard SSV Robert C. Seamans in north Pacific, Spring 2004


Peer-reviewed publications (Contact me for non-commercial-use copies)

Dyez, K. A., Ravelo, A. C., Mix, A. C. (2016) Evaluating drivers of Pleistocene eastern Pacific sea surface temperature. Paleoceanography.

Dyez, K. A., Zahn, R., Hall, I. R. (2014) Multi-centennial Agulhas leakage variability and links to North Atlantic climate during the past 80,000 yearsPaleoceanography, 29.

Dyez, K. A., Ravelo, A. C. (2014) Dynamical changes in the tropical Pacific warm pool and zonal SST gradient during the PleistoceneGeophysical Research Letters, 41, 21, 7626-7633.

Dyez, K. A., Ravelo, A. C., (2013) Late Pleistocene tropical Pacific temperature sensitivity to radiative greenhouse gases. Geology41, 1.

Schlung, S. A., Ravelo, A. C., Aiello, I. W., Andreasen, D. H., Cook. M. S., Dyez, K. A., Guilderson, T. P., LaRiviere, J. P., Stroynowski, Z. (2012) Millenial-scale climate change and intermediate water circulation in the Bering Sea from 90 ka: A high-resolution record from IODP Site U1340. Paleoceanography28, 54-57.

Ford, H. L., Schellenberg, S. A., Becker, B. J., Deutschman, D. L., Dyck, K. A., Koch, P. L. (2010) Evaluating the skeletal chemistry of Mytilus californianus as a temperature proxy: Effects of microenvironment and ontogeny.  Paleoceanography25.  27 January 2010.

In preparation

Dyez, K. A., Koch, P. L., Ford, H. L., Schellenberg, S. A., Newsome, S. D., Hylkema, M. G. Mollusk geochemical records of Holocene climate on the central California coast.

Fish, C., Phelps, S., Dyez, K., Goes, J., Hönisch, B. Unraveling Vital Effects: Photosynthesis of Symbiotic Algae in Foraminifera Hosts.

Braun, K., Bar-Matthews, M., Zahn, R., Matthews, A., Avner, A., Cowling, R. M., Karkanas, P., Fisher, E., Zilberman, T., Dyez, K., Marean, C. W. A record of climate and environment between 463 and 41 ka from speleothem stable isotopic compositions at Pinnacle Point on the South African coast.

Dyez, K. A., Hönisch, B. Obliquity-scale cycles in atmospheric pCO2 identified at ~1.5 million years ago.

Selected Presentations

Dyez, K. A. (2016-upcoming) Microfossil d11B as a proxy for orbital-scale pCO2 change in the early Pleistocene. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.

Dyez, K. A., Hönisch, B. (2015) Climate sensitivity derived from orbital-scale, d11B-based pCO2 estimates in the early Pleistocene, ~1.5 Ma. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Dyez, K. A. (2015) Tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperature variability in the Pleistocene. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Dyez, K. A., Zahn, R., Hall, I. R. (2014) Linking Agulhas Leakage Variability and North Atlantic Climate MIS 1-5e. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Braun, K., Bar-Matthews, M., Ayalon, A., Marean, CW, Zahn, R., Dyez, K., Matthews, A. (2014) Terrestrial paleoclimate of Southern South Africa and the influence of Southern Hemisphere climate forcing. Climate Change: The Karst Record VII (KR7) Melbourne, Australia.

Dyez, K. A. and Zahn, R. (2013) Records of surface temperature and salinity show Agulhas leakage variability from the past ~80,000 years. International Conference on Paleoceanography, Sitges, Spain.

Dyez, K. A. and Zahn, R. (2013) Surface Temperature and Salinity of the Agulhas Bank over the past Glacial Cycle. GATEWAYS conference: Jerusalem, Israel.

Dyez, K. A. and Ravelo, A. C. (2012) Constraining tropical climate sensitivity: the need for improved Mg/Ca calibrations. Session Talk. Goldschmidt Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Dyck, K. A., Ravelo, A. C., (2011) Pleistocene tropical Pacific temperature sensitivity to radiative greenhouse gas forcing. Session Talk. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Dyck, K. A. (2011) Western Pacific warm pool temperature sensitivity to climate change. for the US Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC). Washington, DC.

Dyck, K. A., Ravelo, A. C., Mix., A. (2010) Tropical Pacific SST Patterns, Controls, and Effects.  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Dyck, K. A., Ravelo, A. C., Mix, A.  (2010) Glacial-interglacial Surface Temperature Variability in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.  International Conference on Paleoceanography, San Diego, CA.

Dyck, K. A. (2010) Glacial-interglacial Sea-Surface Temperature Variability in the Tropical Pacific. Invited Talk. UCSC Graduate Symposium, Santa Cruz, CA.

Dyck, K. A., Ravelo, A. C., Etourneau, J., Blanz, T. (2009) Glacial-interglacial sea-surface temperature (SST) variability in the eastern tropical Pacific: spatial patters from the late Pleistocene to present.  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Dyck, K. A.  (2008) Mid-Holocene climate variability and coastal upwelling: geochemical evidence from the California mussel. Technical Session talk. Geological Society of America, Houston, TX.

Dyck, K., Koch, P., Schellenberg, S., Ford., H. (2007) Mid-Holocene climate variability and coastal upwelling: geochemical evidence from Mytilus californianus.  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.


Dyck, K. A.  (2006) High-resolution d18O, d13C and taphonomy records from Acropora cervicornis coral and implications for mid-Holocene climate: Las Clavellinas, Dominican Republic. Senior Thesis. Bound for internal reference, Carleton College, Northfield, MN.