Athanasios Koutavas

Professor of Earth and Environmental Science

I am a paleoclimatologist, paleoceanographer and paleoecologist, investigating past changes in global climate from ocean sediments, corals, tree rings and other archives of global change.

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  • Associate ProfessorEngineering Science and PhysicsCollege of Staten Island

Koutavas, A. and S. Joanides (2012), El Niño-Southern Oscillation extrema in the Holocene and Last Glacial Maximum, Paleoceanography, 27, PA4208, doi:10.1029/2012PA002378

Koutavas, A. (2012), CO2 fertilization and enhanced drought resistance in Greek firs from Cephalonia Island, Greece, Global Change Biology, 19:2, doi:10.1111/gcb.12053

Koutavas, A. (2012), El Niño’s Grip on Climate, Nature Education Knowledge, 3(2):6

Koutavas, A. (2009), Response to Comment on “Late 20th century growth acceleration in greek firs (Abies cephalonica) from Cephalonia Island, Greece: a CO2 fertilization effect?” by D. Frank, U. Buntgen, J. Esper. Dendrochronologia, 27, 229-231, doi:10.1016/j.dendro.2009.05.001

Stott, L., J. Southon, A. Timmermann, and A. Koutavas (2009), Radiocarbon age anomaly at intermediate water depth in the Pacific Ocean during the last deglaciation, Paleoceanography, 24, PA2223, doi:10.1029/2008PA001690

Koutavas, A., and J. P. Sachs (2008), Northern timing of deglaciation in the eastern equatorial Pacific from alkenone paleothermometry, Paleoceanography, 23, PA4205, doi:10.1029/2008PA001593

Koutavas, A. (2008), Late 20th century growth acceleration in greek firs (Abies cephalonica) from Cephalonia Island, Greece: a CO2 fertilization effect? Dendrochronologia, Vol. 26, Issue 1, 13-19, doi:10.1016/j.dendro.2007.06.001

Koutavas, A., P. B. deMenocal, and J. Lynch-Stieglitz (2006), Holocene trends in tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures and the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, PAGES News, V. 13, No 3, p. 22-23

Koutavas, A., P. B. deMenocal, G. C. Olive, and J. Lynch-Stieglitz (2006), Mid-Holocene El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) attenuation revealed by individual foraminifera in eastern tropical Pacific sediments, Geology, 34, 993-996

Koutavas A. (2006), Postglacial paleoceanographic records of the North Pacific Ocean, in Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, edited by Scott Elias, Elsevier

Koutavas A., and J. Lynch-Stieglitz (2005), Variability of the marine ITCZ over the eastern Pacific during the past 30,000 years: Regional perspective and global context, In The Hadley Circulation: Present Past and Future, R. Bradley and H. Diaz, Eds., Springer, p. 347-369

Chiang, J. C. H., and A. Koutavas (2004), Climate Change: Tropical Flip-Flop Connections, Nature, 432, 684-685

Stott, L., K. Cannariato, R. Thunell, G. Haug, A. Koutavas, and S. Lund (2004), Decline of surface temperature and salinity in the western tropical Pacific Ocean in the Holocene epoch, Nature, 431, 56-59

Koutavas, A., Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Highlights, Geotimes, p. 42, July 2004

Koutavas A., and J. Lynch-Stieglitz (2003), Glacial-interglacial dynamics of the eastern equatorial Pacific cold tongue-Intertropical Convergence Zone system reconstructed from oxygen isotope records, Paleoceanography, 18, No. 4, 1089, 10.1029/2003PA000894

Koutavas A., J. Lynch-Stieglitz, T. M. Marchitto, and J. P. Sachs (2002), El Niño-like Pattern in Ice Age Tropical Pacific Sea Surface Temperature. Science, 297, 226-230

Academic Interests

Climate and Global Change, El Nino-Southern Oscillation, Carbon Cycle, Paleoceanography, Dendrochronology