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Associate Professor


Contact Information

Office: Room 2407, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 80115
Fax: 519 661-3750
E-mail: kmoser@uwo.ca

Research Areas

Paleolimnology, climate change, paleoecology, quaternary environments, water quantity and quality, limnology

Research Interests

My research is on water quality and quantity issues, and specifically how humans are impacting these important resources. Key questions that I am interested in are:

  1. how will future climate warming impact water resources?
  2. how has anthropogenic pollution affected “pristine” alpine and arctic lakes?
  3. can climate and pollution synergistically impact water resources?

In order to look at these questions I use paleolimnological techniques, which provide me with long term (100s to 1000s of years) records of changes in water quality and quantity. Paleolimnology uses fossils and geochemical signals preserved in lake and river sediments (mud) to infer environmental change. Presently, I have four main research projects ongoing:

  1. determining long term records of drought in the western United States using alpine lake sediments;
  2. determining environmental change for the last 10,000 years from sediments from lakes and small ponds on Victoria Island in the Canadian Arctic;
  3. determining long term records of environmental change in the Canadian Rockies and
  4. looking at changes in water quality and quantity in southwestern Ontario.

Publications & Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Refereed Journals

MacDonald, G.M., Moser, K.A., Bloom, A.M., Potito A., Porinchu, D., Holmquist, J., Hughes, J. and Kremenetski, K. 2016. California drought and its persistent relationship with climate warming and eastern Pacific sea surface cooling.  Nature Scientific Reports.

Davis, E.L., Courtney Mustaphi, C.J., Gall, A., Pisaric M.F.J., Vermaire, J.C. and Moser, K.A. (in press) Determinants of fire activity during the last 3500 years at a wildland-urban interface, Alberta, Canada. Quaternary Research.

Hundey, E.J., Russell, S.D., Longstaffe, F.J. and Moser, K.A. 2016. Agriculture causes nitrate fertilization of distant alpine lakes. Nature Communications 7: 10571.

Hundey, E.J., Moser, K.A., Longstaffe, F.J., Michelutti, N. and Hladyniuk, R. 2014. Recent changes in production in oligotrophic Uinta Mountain lakes, Utah, U.S.A. identified using Paleolimnology. Limnology and Oceanography 59:1987-2001.

Malanson, G.P., Scuderi, L., Moser, K.A., Willmott, C.J., Reisler, L.M., Warner, T.A. and Mearns, L.O. 2013. The composite nature of Physical Geography: moving from linkages to intergration. Progress in Physical Geography 1:1-6.

Tingstaad, A., Moser, K.A., MacDonald, G.M. and Munroe, J.S. 2011. 'A ~13,000-year paleoenvironmental record from the Uinta Mountains, Utah inferred from diatoms and loss-on-ignition analysis' Quaternary International 235: 48-56.

Reynolds, R.R., Mordecai, J.S., Rosenbaum, J.G., Ketterer, M.E., Walsh, M.K. and Moser, K.A. 2010 'Compositional changes in sediments of subalpine lakes, Uinta Mountains (Utah): Evidence for the effects of human activity on atmospheric dust inputs' Journal of Paleolimnology 44(1): 161-175.

Moser, K.A., Mordecai, J.S., Reynolds, R.R. and Rosenbaum, J.G. 2010 'Diatom changes in two Uinta Mountain Lakes, Utah, USA: Responses to anthropogenic and natural atmospheric inputs' Hydrobiologia 648(1): 91-108.

Sack, D., Patrickson, S.J., Brunelle, A.R. and Moser, K.A. 2010 'Late Pleistocene to Early Holocene paleoclimate insights from Bonneville paleolake dynamics, Stansbury Island, Utah' Quaternary Research 73: 237-246.

Westover, K., Moser, K.A., Porinchu, D.F. and MacDonald, G.M. 2009 'Physical and chemical limnology of a 61-lake transect across mainland Nunavut and southeastern Victoria Island, Central Canadian Arctic' Fundamental and Applied Limnology 175: 93-112.

Porinchu, D.F., Rolland, N. and Moser, K.A. 2009 'Development of a Chironomid-based Air Temperature Inference Model for the Central Canadian Arctic: Incorporating High Resolution Gridded Climate Data' Journal of Paleolimnology 41(2): 349-368.

Kaufman, D.S., Bright, J., Dean, W.E., Moser, K.A., Rosenbaum, J.R., Anderson, R.S., Colman, S.M., Heil, C.W., Jiménez-Moreno, G. Reheis, M. and Simmons, K.R. 2009 'A Quarter-million years of paleoenvironmental change at Bear Lake, Utah/Idaho' in Paleoenvironments of Bear Lake, Utah and Idaho, and its catchment ed Rosenbaum, J.G. and Kaufman, D.S. Geological Society of America Special Paper
450: 311-331.

Moser, K.A. and Kimball, J.P. 2009 'A 25,000 Year Record of hydrologic and climatic change inferred from diatoms from Bear Lake, Utah/Idaho, USA' in Paleoenvironments of Bear Lake, Utah and Idaho, and its catchment ed Rosenbaum, J.G. and Kaufman, D.S. Geological Society of America Special Paper
450: 229-246.

Chapters in Books

Moser, K.A. 2013 'Paleolimnology: Contributions of Paleolimnological Research to Biogeography' in Encyclopaedia of Quaternary Sciences (Second Edition) ed S.A. Elias (Elsevier's Science Technology: Oxford, UK) 313-325.

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students Year Title
R. Doyle
Current Characterizing organic matter sources to lakes using stable isotope science
E. Hundey 2014 Nitrate sources and lake response in high elevation lakes, Uinta Mountains, Utah
J. Davis 2007 Ephemeral desert pools, Moab
University of Utah
G. Atwood 2006 Great Salt Lake Superelevated Shorelines Associated with 1986/86 Floods
University of Utah
A. Bloom 2006 High resolution analysis of climate change in California
University of Utah
MSc Students Year Title
D. Zilkey Current Links between aquatic macrophytes, nutrients, and hypolimnetic oxygen in an Ontario lake
A. Gall 2015 The Effects of Warming Temperatures, Fire, and Landscape Change on Lake Production in Mountain Lakes, Alberta, Canada
S. Ngai 2014 Determining effects of warming temperature and precipitation on physical and chemical properties of Uinta Mountain Lakes, Utah, USA
K. Hollingshead 2012 Diatoms in Castor Lake (North-Central Washington, USA) - Proxies of Climate ad Hydrologic Variation
O. Squire 2012 Examining Atmospheric Dust Deposition and its effects on Alpine Lakes in the Uinta Mountains, Utah
K. Alexander 2011 A Paleolimnological Investigation of the Impacts of Recent Human Activity and Temperature Change on Two Small Lakes in Southern Ontario
A. Bair 2008 Translating Seasonal Climate Forecasts from Large Climate Divisions to Local Stations
University of Utah
J. Hartman 2006 Environmental Change in the Uinta Mountains
University of Utah
J. Siderius 2004 Treeline dynamics in the Uinta Mountains
University of Utah
A. Bloom 2001 Inferring Drought in California
University of Utah
M. Walsh 2001 Fire frequency in the Uinta Mountains
University of Utah
P. Kimball 2001 Climate change inferred from Bear Lake sediments
University of Utah


GEO 3352 - Paleolimnology and Global Evnironemtnal Change
GEO 9099 - Research Design and Presentation
GEO 9216 - Paleolimnology