Nadja Insel
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor
Earth Science
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-6058
Tectonics, Climate, and Surface Processes
Courses Taught
ESCI-121: Introduction the Earth Science
ESCI-123: Environmental Geology
ESCI-207: Global Climate and Weather
ESCI-303: Environmental Geology in the Field
ESCI-307: Climate Change - Evidence, Causes and Effects
ESCI-326: Independent Study
ESCI-330: Structural Geology
ESCI-331: Geological Structures and Map Interpretation
ESCI-335A: Meteorology
ESCI-347: Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future
ESCI-350: Geotectonics
ESCI-355: Geophysics
ESCI-370: Interdisciplinary Seminar on Climate Change
ESCI-390: Field Geology
Research Interests
Interactions between tectonics, climate, and Earth surface processes

2010 Ph.D. Geology, University of Michigan, USA

2005 Diploma (M.S. equivalent) Geology, University of Potsdam, Germany

2002 Pre-Diploma, Geosciences, University of Potsdam, Germany

Selected Publications

Berkelhammer, M., N., Insel, I. Stefanescu, 2021. Wetter summers mitigated temperature stress on Rocky Mountain forests during the last interglacial warm period. Geophysical Research Letters 48 (18), e2021GL093678

Insel, N., M. Berkelhammer, 2021. The influence of orbital parameters on the North American Monsoon system during the Last Interglacial Period. Journal of Quaternary Climate 36 (4), doi: 10.1002/jqs.3311

Insel, N., C.J. Poulsen, C. Sturm, T.A. Ehlers, 2013. Climate controls on Andean precipitation d18O interannual variability. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 118 (17), 9721-9742

Insel, N., M. Grove, M. Haschke, J.B. Barnes, A.K. Schmitt, M.R. Strecker, 2012. Paleozoic to early Cenozoic cooling and exhumation of the basement underlying the eastern Puna plateau margin prior to plateau growth. Tectonics 31(6), doi:10.1029/2012TC003168

Barnes, J.B., T.A. Ehlers, N. Insel, N. McQuarrie, C.J. Poulsen, 2012. Linking orography, climate, and exhumation across the central Andes. Geology 40 (12), 1135-1138, doi: 10.1130/G33229.1

Insel, N., C.J. Poulsen, T.A. Ehlers, C. Sturm, 2012. Response of meteoric d18O to surface uplift - Implications for Cenozoic Andean Plateau growth. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 317, 262-272, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.11.039

Insel, N., C.J. Poulsen, T.A. Ehlers, 2010. Influence of the Andes Mountains on South American moisture transport, convection, and precipitation. Climate Dynamics 35 (7), 1477-1492, doi: 10.1007/s00382-009-0637-1

Insel, N., T.A. Ehlers, M. Schaller, J.B. Barnes, S. Tawackoli, C.J. Poulsen, 2010. Spatial and temporal variability in denudation across the Bolivian Andes from multiple geochronometers. Geomorphology 122 (1-2), 65-77

Poulsen, C.J., N. Insel, T.A. Ehlers, C. Sturm, R. Simon, 2010. Onset of convective rainfall during gradual late Miocene rise of the central Andes. Science 328 (5977), 490-493, doi: 10.1126/science.1185078 

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United States

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