Graduate Students (Current)

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Marisa Borreggine

Graduate Student
Mitrovica Group

I am a 3rd-year PhD candidate in the Mitrovica research group, and I am pursuing a Secondary Field in Archaeology. I got my start in earth science while studying physical oceanography in the Deutsch lab at University of Washington in Seattle and doing field work across the globe, from the Himalayas, to the Pacific Ocean, to the Juneau Icefield. Today, I study the interface between climate modelling, sea-level theory, and ancient human migration. My current projects wrestle with the timing, methodology, and environmental conditions of enigmatic human migrations (and out-migrations). Using a combination of global and regional climate models to simulate paleo-ocean currents, as well as an agent-based model to simulate human migration, I investigate the potential timing and routes of the initial colonization of Australia 45 - 65,000 years ago. I am also researching the role of Holocene regional ice history and sea-level physics in the disappearance of Vikings from Greenland in the early 15th century. I am passionate about earth science, archaeology, labor organizing, and storytelling of all types. I currently serve as the Vice President of the Harvard Graduate Students Union (HGSU-UAW Local 5118) and coordinate the Feminist Working Group. I also serve as a delegate on the Greater Boston Labor Council and co-manages several advocacy coalitions. You can visit my website here for more information.

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