Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Terrence M Quinn

Terrence M Quinn
Director, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences


Email: quinn@ig.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 471 0464
Mailcode: R2200
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Publications (pdf)

Dr. Quinn is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and the Director of the Institute for Geophysics. He teaches classes in Geoclimatology, Marine Geology, and Paleoceanography.

Dr. Quinn's research interests focus on paleoclimate and paleoceanography. Specifically he uses the geochemistry of coral reefs, marine sediments and stalagmites to investigate climate variability in the geologic record. Most recently he and his students have investigated modern and Holocene and Quaternary climate in the western Pacific Ocean, tropical Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Quinn supervises the Analytical Laboratory for Paleoclimate Studies (ALPS). This facility currently houses two stable isotope ratio mass spectrometers with the capabilities to measure various light stable isotopes in carbonates, waters and organic matter. The lab also contains an inductively coupled plasma-spectrometer (ICP), wet chemistry facilities, student space and coral and stalagmite sampling facilities.

Areas of Expertise

Paleoclimate, climate, climate change, climate dynamics, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, sedimentary geology and geochemistry


Research Locations



Current Research Programs & Projects

Modern and Holocene climate variability in the western Pacific warm pool

Modern climate variability associated with the South Pacific Convergence Zone

Modern climate variability in the western tropical Atlantic

Modern and Holocene climate variability in the Gulf of Mexico


Lead Author - Chapter 5, Information from Paleoclimate Archives, Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (2010 - 2013)

Fellow - Weeks Centennial Professorship (2009 - 2013)

Jackson Research Excellence Fellow - Jackson School of Geosciences - UT Austin (2007 - 2009)

Distinguished Visiting Jackson Fellow, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin - University of Texas at Austin (2005 - 2006)

USF Outstanding Research Achievement Award - University of South Florida (2004 - 2004)

Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award for Outstanding Teaching - University of South Florida (1995 - 1995)

USF Presidential Young Investigator Award - University of South Florida (1995 - 1995)

Chair, Membership Committee, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, (2012 - 2013)

Member Representative, SIPCom, Executive Council, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, (2011 - 2013)

Member Representative, SASEC, Executive Council, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, (2009 - 2012)

Member Representative, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, (2008 - 2013)

Alternate member, SASAC, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, (2006 - 2008)

Member, Steering Committee, ESH (Earth System History), advisory panel to NSF-OCE-ATM., (2005 - 2007)

Associate Editor, Coral Reefs, (2004 - 2007)

Member, Science Planning Committee (SPC), Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, (2003 - 2006)

Member, Steering Committee, CUSP (Conference on US Participation in IODP), JOI/USSSP Workshop, Washington, DC, (2002)

Member, Steering Committee, MESH (Marine aspects of Earth System History), advisory panel to NSF-OCE., (2001 - 2005)

Co-Chair, JOIDES PPG Scientific Drilling of Shallow Water Systems, (1997 - 2000)

Co-Organizer, International Workshop on "Submerged Coral Drilling", St. Petersburg, Florida, ( - 2000)

Dr. Quinn's students are involved in research projects in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the Gulf of Mexico.


Graduate Students

Kaustubh Thirumalai (Supervisor)
Dr. Thirumalai works on past, present, and future climate change. Currently, his work focuses on the Indian Ocean region where he is working with Dr. Pedro N. DiNezio and Dr. Martin Puy to investigate past and future trends in regional climate and oceanography. For his Ph.D. he worked on paleoceanography in the Gulf of Mexico.

Allison E Lawman (Supervisor)


Undergraduate Students

Michael Liss
April Trevino


Invited Keynote Speaker, AOGS, Singapore, (2012)

Invited Keynote Speaker, International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Australia, (2012)

Invited Keynote Speaker, PAGES Varves Workshop, Corpus Christi, TX, (2011)

Invited speaker, Climate of the Common Era, Special Session, Fall AGU, (2010)

Invited Keynote Speaker, First EuroMARC (European Collaboration for Implementation of Marine Research on Cores) Conference, La Colle sur Loup, France, (2008)

Invited seminar speaker, Baylor University, Department of Geological Sciences, (2008)

Distinguished Lecturer, Joint Oceanographic Institutes, Hardin-Simmons, Wyoming, Purdue, Bowling Green, Minnesota-Duluth, Jacksonville, URI, (2006)

Invited Keynote Speaker, Climate Change: Past and Future, 21st Century COE program, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, (2006)

Invited seminar speaker, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, (2005)

Invited seminar speaker, Brown University, Department of Geological Sciences, (2005)

Invited seminar speaker, Eckerd College, Department of Marine Science, (2005)

Invited seminar speaker, Tohoku University, Department of Geological Sciences, (2004)

Invited seminar speaker, University of Florida, Department of Geological Sciences, (2004)

NSF Workshop, Guidelines for Best Practices in the Development of Scientific Drilling Projects, NSF, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2003)

Holocene Research Initiative Workshop, NSF-MESH (Marine Aspects of Earth System History), NSF-MESH, - (2002)

Invited seminar speaker, Eckerd College, Department of Marine Science, Florida (2002)

Workshop on Alternate Platforms: Europe as the Third Leg of IODP, ESF and JEODI, Brussels, Belgium (2001)

Conference on Alternate Platforms as part of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, ESF and JEODI, Lisbon, Portugal (2001)

first ARTS (Annual Records of Tropical Systems) Open Science Meeting, PAGES-CLIVAR, Noumea, New Caledonia (2001)

COMPLEX workshop on the future of Scientific Ocean Drilling, Ocean Drilling Program, Vancouver, Canada (1999)

International Symposium on Paleoecology of Reefs and Carbonate Platforms: Miocene to Modern, International Association of Sedimentologists, Aix-en-Provence (1999)

Climate of the Last Millennium, CLIVAR-PAGES Workshop, Venice, Italy (1999)

PAGES Data management workshop, WDC and IGBP PAGES, Boulder, Colorado (1998)

Workshop on cross-validation of high-resolution climate proxies and instrument records, Univ. of Washington, Washington (1997)

Annual Records of Tropical Systems Workshop, PAGES-CLIVAR, Hawaii (1996)

Coral records of ocean-atmosphere variability, La Parguera (NOAA), Puerto Rico (1992)

YearSemesterCourse
2016Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2015Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geoclimatology
2014Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geoclimatology