1301 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
The geologic record holds information that is used to explore climate relationships in the geologic past and to understand present and future projections. Climate models rely on accurate and abundant proxy data in order to constrain physical relationships and refine climate model assumptions.
I'm currently developing a dataset of climate proxies throughout the Midwest. Wind-blown dust (loess) has served to preserve terrestrial snails which capture carbon and oxygen isotopes into their aragonite shell. By combining geologic indicators with the spatially and temporally abundant snail record, I aim to create an ISOMAP of regional and temporal climate changes with a focus on the Last Glacial Maximum.
I am advised by Professor Jessica Conroy, Professor William Guenthner, and Dr. David Grimley of the Illinois State Geologic Survey.
2011 - B.A. - University of California, Berkeley, Marine Science
2017 - Illinois SLOAN UCEM Scholar
Awards and Honors
2016 - Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
Structural Geology and tectonics
The Oceans (online)
Emergence of Life
History of Life
Field Experiences in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Death Valley, NV
Introduction to Earth Dynamics
S. Dendy, W.R. Guenthner, D. Grimley, J. Conroy, R. Counts. Detrital zircon geochronology and provenance of Pleistocene loess and contributing glacial sources, Midcontinental USA. Quaternary Science Review, 2021.
S. Dendy, J. Austermann, J.R. Creveling, J.X. Mitrovica. Sensitivity of Last Interglacial Sea Level High Stands to Ice Sheet Configuration During Marine Isotope Stage 6. Quaternary Science Review, 2017.