Alberto Reyes

Associate Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences


Associate Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
(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 209 - Geology of Western Canada and the National and Provincial Parks

An overview of the geology and landscapes of Western Canada. The spectacularly exposed rocks of the prairie and mountain parks of Alberta and British Columbia will be fitted into a regional geological framework and examples from parks such as Yoho, Banff, Jasper, Dinosaur, and Kananaskis will be highlighted. Geological processes of mountain building and past and present landscape evolution will be emphasized. Prerequisite: One of EAS 100, 101, 103, 105, 201, 210 or SCI 100. [Faculty of Science]

Winter Term 2022
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]

Fall Term 2021

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Increasing Pleistocene permafrost persistence and carbon cycle conundrums inferred from Canadian speleothems
Author(s): Biller-Celander, N., Shakun, J.D., McGee, D., Wong, C.I., Reyes, A.V., Hardt, B., Tal, I., Ford, D.C., Lauriol, B.
Publication Date: 4/28/2021
Publication: Science Advances
Volume: 7
Page Numbers: eabe5799
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Quantifying meltwater sources and contaminant fluxes from the Athabasca Glacier, Canada
Author(s): Staniszewska, K.S., Cooke, C.A., Reyes, A.V.
Publication Date: 12/15/2020
Publication: ACS Earth and Space Chemistry
Volume: 5
Page Numbers: 23-32
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Middle Eocene CO2 and climate reconstructed from the sediment fill of a subarctic kimberlite maar
Author(s): Wolfe, A.P., Reyes, A.V., Royer, D.L., Greenwood, D.R., Doria, G., Gagen, M.H., Siver, P.A., Westgate, J.A.
Publication Date: 7/1/2017
Publication: Geology
Volume: 45
Page Numbers: 619-622
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New fossil and genomic evidence constrains the timing of bison arrival in North America
Author(s): 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.
Publication Date: 3/28/2017
Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA
Volume: 114
Page Numbers: 3457-3462
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Interglacial responses of the southern Greenland ice sheet over the last 430,000 years determined using particle-size specific magnetic and isotopic tracers
Author(s): Hatfield, R.G., Reyes, A.V., Stoner, J.S., Carlson, A.E., Beard, B.L., Winsor, K., Welke, B.
Publication Date: 9/30/2016
Publication: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Volume: 454
Page Numbers: 225-236
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American mastodon extirpation in the Arctic and Subarctic predates human colonization and terminal Pleistocene climate change
Author(s): 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.
Publication Date: 12/1/2014
Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA
Volume: 111
Page Numbers: 18,460-18,465
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South Greenland ice sheet collapse during Marine Isotope Stage 11
Author(s): Reyes, A.V., Carlson, A.E., Beard, B.L., Hatfield, R.G., Stoner, J.S., Winsor, K., Welke, B., Ullman, D.J.
Publication Date: 6/25/2014
Publication: Nature
Volume: 510
Page Numbers: 525-528
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Permafrost response to last interglacial warming: field evidence from non-glaciated Yukon and Alaska
Author(s): Reyes, A.V., Froese, D.G., Jensen, B.J.L.
Publication Date: 8/7/2010
Publication: Quaternary Science Reviews
Volume: 29
Page Numbers: 3256-3274
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