Alberto Reyes

Associate Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin


Associate Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
(780) 492-8171
2-275 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



ABOUT ME: I'm a Quaternary geologist who uses stratigraphic, paleoenvironmental, and geochemical approaches to address research questions related to landscape and climate change in the north. Timescales of interest range from the early Cenozoic to the late Holocene. I have ongoing interests in developing records of landscape and environmental change in unglaciated northwest North America, permafrost and ice-sheet response to sustained climate warming during Pleistocene interglacials, and Cenozoic analogues for contemporary warming. I'm also interested in studying modern glacier and permafrost change.


  • Postdoc, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Department of Geoscience)
  • Ph.D., University of Alberta (Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
  • M.Sc., Simon Fraser University (Department of Earth Sciences)
  • B.Sc., University of Victoria (Department of Geography)


I am interested in developing stratigraphic, geomorphic, and geochemical records of northern climate change and associated earth system impacts. My work and research interests span timescales ranging from millions of years to the last several centuries, with a particular focus on periods when climate was similar to or warmer than today, such as Pleistocene "super-interglacials" and Cenozoic greenhouse intervals.


EAS 225 - Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

Geomorphological processes and landform analysis with special reference to the landscape of Alberta. Fieldwork required. Prerequisite: One of EAS 100, 101, 102, 201, 210 or SCI 100. [Faculty of Science]

EAS 354 - Environmental Earth Science Field School

Introduction to fieldwork in geomorphology, biogeography and microclimatology. Elementary field mapping, the use of electronic field instrumentation for hydrological, water quality and micro-climatological monitoring, mapping and analysis of vegetation patterns, and techniques for the field description and laboratory analysis of soils and sediments. Introductory lectures and ten days of fieldwork. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar. Prerequisites: EAS 225, 250 and either 270 or 327, or consent of Instructor. [Faculty of Science]

EAS 373 - The Climate System

An examination of the physical processes influencing global climate. Radiation and energy in the climate system, the hydrological cycle, vertical structure of the atmosphere and ocean, influence of the Earth's rotation, general circulation of the atmosphere and ocean, climate feedback mechanisms, climate history and climate change, introduction to climate models. Prerequisite: EAS 270. Not available to students with credit in EAS 271. [Faculty of Science]

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Featured Publications

Reyes, A.V., Jensen, B.J.L., Woudstra, S., *Bolton, M.S.M., *Buryak, S.D., Cook, M.S., Harvey, J., Westgate, J.A.

Geology. 2023 January; 51

*Buryak, S.D., Reyes, A.V., Jensen, B.J.L., Davies, J.H.F.L., Westgate, J.A., DuFrane, S.A., Luo, Y., Froese, D.G., Pearson, D.G., Benowitz, J.A.

Quaternary Geochronology. 2022 November; 73

*Staniszewska, K.S., Reyes, A.V., Cooke, C.A., Miller, B.S., Woywitka, R.J.

Chemical Geology. 2022 May; 596

*Bilak, G.S., *Niemetz, K., Reimink, J.R., Reyes, A.V., Chacko, T., Dufrane, S.A., Belosevic, M., Ketchum, J.W.F.

Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 2022 April; 23

Clark, J., Carlson, A.E., Reyes, A.V., Carlson, E.C.B., Guillaume, L., Milne, G.A., Tarasov, L., Caffee, M.W., Wilcken, K., Rood, D.H.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 2022 March; 119

Reyes, A.V., Carlson, A.E., Milne, G.A., Tarasov, L., Reimink, J.R., Caffee, M.W.

Quaternary Science Reviews. 2022 February; 277

Biller-Celander, N., Shakun, J.D., McGee, D., Wong, C.I., Reyes, A.V., Hardt, B., Tal, I., Ford, D.C., Lauriol, B.

Science Advances. 2021 April; 7

*Staniszewska, K.S., Cooke, C.A., Reyes, A.V.

ACS Earth and Space Chemistry. 2020 December; 5

Wolfe, A.P., Reyes, A.V., Royer, D.L., Greenwood, D.R., Doria, G., Gagen, M.H., Siver, P.A., Westgate, J.A.

Geology. 2017 July; 45

Froese, D.G., Stiller, M., Heintzman, P.D., Reyes, A.V., Zazula, G.D., Soares, A.E.R., Meyer, M., Hall, E., Jensen, B.J.L., Arnold, L.J., MacPhee, R.D.E., Shapiro, B.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 2017 March; 114

Hatfield, R.G., Reyes, A.V., Stoner, J.S., Carlson, A.E., Beard, B.L., Winsor, K., Welke, B.

Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 2016 September; 454

Zazula, G.D., MacPhee, R.D.E., Metcalfe, J.Z., Reyes, A.V., Brock, F., Drukenmiller, P.S., Groves, P., Harington, C.R., Hodgins, G.W.L., Longstaffe, F.J., Mann, D.H., McDonald, H.G., Nalawade-Chavan, S., Southon, J.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 2014 December; 111

Reyes, A.V., Carlson, A.E., Beard, B.L., Hatfield, R.G., Stoner, J.S., Winsor, K., Welke, B., Ullman, D.J.

Nature. 2014 June; 510

Reyes, A.V., Froese, D.G., Jensen, B.J.L.

Quaternary Science Reviews. 2010 August; 29