Rosemarie Came

Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2005

Research Interests

My primary area of research is paleoclimatology, with a specific interest in the forcings that initiate climate changes, and the mechanisms by which climatic signals propagate globally. To this end, I have investigated abrupt climate events of the recent geologic past (i.e., since the last glacial period), as well as the evolution of the Earth's climate over the last 600 million years.

My laboratory methods include foraminiferal trace and minor element geochemistry, and carbonate clumped isotope geochemistry. I am especially interested in the integration of paleoclimate data and model simulations, which is achieved through collaborations with climate modelers and dynamicists.

I am happy to speak with motivated prospective graduate students.

Courses Taught

  • ESci. 444A, Philosophy of Earth Science
  • ESci. 514, Introduction to Climate
  • ESci. 409, Geology and the Environment
  • ESci. 997, Seminar in Earth Sciences


  • Brand, U., R. Posenato, R. E. Came, H. P. Affek, L. Angiolini, K. Azmy, and E. Farabegoli (submitted), The end Permian mass extinction: a CO2 and CH4 climatic catastrophe.
  • Schwadron, N. A., H. E. Spence, and R. E. Came (2011), Does the space environment affect the ecosphere? Eos, 92, 297-304.
  • Saenger, C., R. E. Came, D. W. Oppo, L. D. Keigwin, and A. L. Cohen (2011), Regional climate variability in the western subtropical North Atlantic during the past two millennia, Paleoceanography, 26, PA2206, doi:10.1029/2010PA002038.
  • Huntington, K. W., J. M. Eiler, H. P. Affek, W. Guo, M. Bonifacie, L. Y. Yeung, N. Thiagarajan, B. Passey, A. Tripati, M. Daëron, R. E. Came (2009), Methods and limitations of ‘clumped’ CO2 isotope (D47) analysis by gas-source isotope-ratio mass spectrometry, Journal of Mass Spectrometry, DOI 10.1002/jms.1614.
  • Carlson, A., D. W. Oppo, R. E. Came, A. N. LeGrande, L. D. Keigwin, and W. B. Curry (2008), Subtropical Atlantic salinity variability and Atlantic meridional circulation during the last deglaciation, Geology, 36, 991–994; doi: 10.1130/G25080A.1
  • Carlson, A. D., A. N. LeGrande, D. W. Oppo, R. E. Came, G. A. Schmidt, F. Anslow, J. M. Licciardi, and E. A. Obbink (2008), Rapid early Holocene deglaciation of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo285.
  • Came, R. E., D. W. Oppo, W. B. Curry, and J. Lynch-Stieglitz (2008), Deglacial variability in the surface return flow of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, Paleoceanography, 23, PA1217, doi:10.1029/2007PA001450
  • Came, R. E., J. M. Eiler, J. Veizer, K. Azmy, U. Brand, and C. R. Weidman (2007), Coupling of surface temperatures and atmospheric CO2 concentrations during the Palaeozoic era, Nature, 449, 198-201, doi:10.1038/nature06085.
  • Came, R. E., W. B. Curry, D. W. Oppo, A. J. Broccoli, R. J. Stouffer, and J. Lynch-Stieglitz (2007), North Atlantic intermediate depth variability during the Younger Dryas: Evidence from benthic foraminiferal Mg/Ca and the GFDL R30 coupled climate model, in Past and Future Changes of the Ocean's Meridional Overturning Circulation: Mechanisms and Impacts, Geophysical Monograph Series, edited by A. Schmittner, J. Chiang, and S. Hemming, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C
  • Came, R. E., D. W. Oppo, and J. F. McManus (2007), Amplitude and timing of temperature and salinity variability in the subpolar North Atlantic over the past 10 k.y., Geology, 35, 315-318, doi: 310.1130/G23455A.23451
  • Came, R. E., D. W. Oppo, and W. B. Curry (2003), Atlantic Ocean circulation during the Younger Dryas: Insights from a new Cd/Ca record from the western subtropical South Atlantic, Paleoceanography, 18(4), 1086, doi:1010.1029/2003PA000888.

University of New Hampshire
Department of Earth Sciences
James Hall
56 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Research Areas: 
Climate Science