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Claire C. McKinley
Claire C. McKinley
O&M 409

Texas A&M University O&M Building
Room 409 MS 3146 
College Station, Texas 77843


B.A. Earth sciences, Boston University  


Louis & Elizabeth Scherck Scholarship, 2016-2017

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth P. Pipes scholarship,  2016-2017

Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Fellowship, 2013-2014

National Science Foundation S-STEM Scholar


OCNG 252, Oceanography Laboratory, Spring 2014

OCNG 251, Oceanography, Spring and Fall 2016

Claire C. McKinley

Graduate Student

Research Interests

  • Paleoceanography
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Radiogenic isotopes
  • Trace metal geochemistry
  • The sedimentary record of volcanism
  • The subseafloor microbial biosphere

My research employs radiogenic isotopes, and trace element geochemistry preserved in marine sediments to investigate Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. I am especially interested in evaluating recorders (fossil fish teeth, Fe-Mn Oxide coatings) of seawater isotopic ratios and reconstructing patterns of ocean circulation and deepwater formation. 

Selected Publications

Scudder, R. P., Murray, R. W., Schindlbeck, J. C., Kutterolf, S., Hauff, F. & McKinley, C. C. (2014), Regional-scale input of dispersed and discrete volcanic ash to the Izu-Bonin and Mariana subduction zones, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 15, 4369-4379, doi: 10.1002/2014GC005561


D'Hondt, S., Inagaki, F., Zarikian, C. A., Abrams, L. J., Dubois, N., Engelhardt, T. Evans, H., Ferdelman, T.,Gribsholt, B., Harris, R. N., Hoppie, B. W., Hyun, J.-H., Kallmeyer, J., Kim, J., Lynch, J. E., McKinley, C. C., Mitsunobu, S., Morono, Y., Murray, R. W., Pockalny, R., Sauvage, J., Shimono, T., Shiraishi, F., Smith, D. C., Smith-Duque, C. E., Spivack, A. J., Steinsbu, B. O., Suzuki, Y., Szpak, M., Toffin, L., Uramoto, G., Yamaguchi, Y. T., Zhang, G.-l., Zhang, X.-H. & Ziebis, W. (2015), Presence of oxygen and aerobic communities from sea floor to basement in deep-sea sediments, Nature Geoscience  8, 299-304, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2387


Scudder, R. P., Murray, R. W., Schindlbeck, J. C., Kutterolf, S., Hauff, F., Underwood, M.B., Gwizd, S., Lauzon, R.,  & McKinley, C. C. (2016), Geochemical approaches to the quantification of dispersed volcanic ash in marine sediment, Progress in Earth and Planetary Science, doi: 10.1186/s40645-015-0077-y

Presentations at professional meetings:

McKinley C.C., Thomas D.J., Scudder R.S., Dunlea A.G., and Murray R.W., 2015. Down Core Fidelity of Authigenic Oxyhydroxide Coatings: Tracing Paleogene Water Mass Evolution. EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, Fall Mtg. Supplement, Abstract PP43A-2257


McKinley C. C., Scudder R. P., Murray R. W., Kutterolf S., and Schindlbeck J. C., 2012. The chemical characterization of dispersed ash and ash layers at DSDP Site 52, Izu-Bonin. EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, Fall Mtg. Supplement, Abstract PP13A-2070.

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Debbie Thomas

2015-2016 and 2016-2017 President of the Oceanography Graduate Student Council

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