Tropical Paleoclimate Research
Central Andes, Bolivia and Peru

Fluvial and lacustrine strata in the central Andes region record this intra-Cordilleran basin's Quaternary climate history. Our research documents the nature and timing of climate change as recorded in the terraced river valleys of the circum-Titicaca basin, the subsurface strata of the Rio Desaguadero valley and the Salar de Uyuni, and both surface and subsurface strata of the Salar de Uyuni, and Laguna Colorado and Verde. In addition, our collaboration with archeologists working in the region allows us to examine the relationships between changing climate and cultural history.


Project Director
Dr. Catherine A. Rigsby
Department of Geology
East Carolina University
Research Objectives
Including what has been accomplished and future goals 
Graduate Research
Present Graduate Researchers: Michelle Warren and Renee Farabaugh 
Map of Research Area
Including an outline of the areas of present research and and future areas to be studied 
Results to Date
What does our research mean for understanding the latest Pleistocene and Holocene climate?