Having an extensive background in earth and climate science, water isotopes in the hydrological cycle and their use for past climate reconstructions are my main interest. My current research focuses on the use of speleothems as climate archive containing water entrapped in micrometric size fluid inclusions, a valuable witness of past precipitation water. I developed a method to extract this water and accurately analyse its hydrogen and oxygen isotope composition using laser spectroscopy. Combined with isotope monitoring in modern precipitation and percolation water in caves, comprehensible climate and environmental reconstructions can thus be produced.
Dr. Stéphane Affolter
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Basel
4056 Basel | Switzerland
Tel. +41 (0)61 207 36 09