Michael M. McGlue

Research Interests:

Ph.D., The University of Arizona


My group conducts field-based studies of large lakes and wetland environments to learn about environmental change at a host of spatial and temporal scales. The toolkit we use is diverse and integrates techniques in stratigraphy, geophysics, paleoecology, and sedimentary geochemistry.  Current student-centered projects focus on: (1) conservation paleolimnology in the East African rift valley, (2) landscape evolution and environmental science in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil, (3) paleoclimate and paleoecology in the eastern Sierra Nevada (CA), and (4) paleolimnology in the Grand Tetons (WY).

*I am not presently recruiting graduate students - the next anticipated opening will be Fall 2022. I am always interested in speaking with potential post doctoral scholar applicants, particularly those from groups underrepresented in the geosciences. UK has several excellent fellowships available with applications due in early November each year. Please contact me if you are interested in applying.*

Selected Publications: 

McGlue, M.M., Ivory, S.J., Stone, J.R., Cohen, A.S., Kamulali, T.M., Latimer, J.C., Brannon, M.A.*, Kimirei, I.A. and Soreghan, M.J., (2020) Solar irradiance and ENSO affect food security in Lake Tanganyika, a major African inland fishery. Science Advances, 6(41), p.eabb2191.


Lyon, E.*, McGlue, M.M., Erhardt, A.E., Kim, S., Stone, J., Zimmerman, S., (2020), Late Holocene hydroclimate changes in the eastern Sierra Nevada revealed by a 4600 year paleoproduction record from June Lake, CA Quaternary Science Reviews, 242, 106432


Russell, J.M., Barker, P., Cohen, A., Ivory, S., Kimirei, I., Lane, C.,  Leng, M., Maganza, N., McGlue, M.M., Msaky, E., Noren, A., Park Boush, L., Salzburger, W., Scholz, C., Tiedemann R., and the Lake Tanganyika Scientific Drilling Team (2020), ICDP Workshop on Scientific Drilling in Lake Tanganyika, Africa: A late Neogene record of climate, rifting, and ecosystem evolution from the world’s oldest tropical lake Scientific Drilling 27, 53–60 https://doi.org/10.5194/sd-27-53-2020


Lucas, J.*, McGlue, M., Kimirei, I., Soreghan, M., Mbonde, A., Yeager, K., Limbu, P., Apse, C., McIntyre, P., (2020) Geophysical benthic habitat mapping at Lake Tanganyika: Implications for placing small scale coastal protected zones - Journal of Great Lakes Research 46 (2), 243-254


Hodelka, B.*, McGlue, M.M., Zimmerman, S., Ali, G., Tunno, I., (2020) Paleoproduction and environmental change at Mono Lake (CA) during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition - Palaeo3 109565


Ryan, E.K.*, Soreghan, M.J., McGlue, M.M., Todd, J.A., Michel, E., Kimirei, I., Kaufman, D.S., (2020) Variation in time averaging and taphonomic character of shell beds in Lake Tanganyika, Africa:  Paleoenvironmental and stratigraphic implications of shell beds in rift lakes  - Palaios  35 (2), 49-66


Ivory, S.J., McGlue, M.M., Spera, S., Silva, A., Bergier, I., (2019) Vegetation, rainfall, and pulsing hydrology in the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland - Environmental Research Letters 14 (12), 124017


Novello, V., Cruz, F.W., McGlue, M.M., Wong, C., Vuille, M., Ward, B., Santos, R. *, Jaqueto, P.F., Pessenda, L.C., Atorre, T., Ribeiro, L., Karmann, I., Barreto, E., Cheng, H., Lawrence, E.R., Paula, M.S., (2019) Abrupt changes in South America during the transition of the glacial to the Holocene - Earth and Planetary Science Letters 524, 115717


Muttashar, W.*, Bryson, L.S., McGlue, M.M., Woolery, E.W., (2019) The integration of grain-size distribution and plasticity parameters for characterizing and classifying unconsolidated fine-grained sediments - Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment 79 (2), 925-939


Bertassoli, D.*,  Sawakuchi, A.O., Chiessi, C.M., Schefuß, E., Hartmann, G.A., Haggi, C., Cruz, F., Zabel, M., McGlue, M.M., Santos, R.A., Pupim, F.N., (2019) Variations on the relative discharge of the Amazon and Xingu Rivers during the late Holocene linked to interhemispheric temperature anomalies - Geophysical Research Letters 46 (15), 9013-9022


Lo, E.L.*, McGlue, M.M., Silva, A., Yeager, K., Bergier, I., O’Dell, M.*, Macedo, H., Assine, M.,(2019) Fluvial-lacustrine sedimentary processes and landforms on the distal Paraguay fluvial megafan (Brazil) - Geomorphology 342, 163-175


Lyon, E.*, McGlue, M.M., Kim, S., Stone, J., Woolery, E., Zimmerman, S., (2019) Sub-lacustrine geomorphology and modern sedimentation at June Lake (CA), a glacial scour basin in the eastern Sierra Nevada - Journal of Sedimentary Research 89 (10), 919-934


Reis, A.*, Erhardt, A., McGlue, M.M., Lowell, W., (2019) Evaluating the Effects of Post-Depositional Alteration of Carbonates on δ13Ccarb and δ18Ocarb in a Mud-Rich Depositional Environment: A Case Study from the Midland Basin, USA - Chemical Geology 524, 196-212


Rasbold, G.G.*, McGlue, M.M., Stevaux, J., Parolin, M., Silva, A., (2018) Sponge spicule and phytolith evidence for late Quaternary environmental changes in the central Pantanal wetlands - Palaeo3 518, 119-133


Guerreiro, R.L., Bergier, I., McGlue, M.M., Warren, L., Abreu, U., Abrahão, J., Assine, M., (2018) Implications of recent findings for the conservation of soda lakes in Nhecolândia (Pantanal) – Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation 17:1, 9-18 


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