Duane Froese, PhD, MSc, BSc

Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin


Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
(780) 492-1968
3-029 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5




2014-  Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta

2010-2020  Canada Research Chair in Northern Environmental Change (renewed November 2015- October 2020)

2003-2014 Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta

Awards and Recognition

2016 Elected to the College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists of the Royal Society of Canada

2013  Geological Association of Canada W.W. Hutchison Medal

2011  Faculty of Science Research Award (University of Alberta)

2006 Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Award

2006 Canadian Geomorphology Research Group J. Ross Mackay Award


Research area

Quaternary Geology, Permafrost, Tephrochronology (volcanic ash chronology), Beringia, Natural Hazards, Water isotopes

The focus of our group’s research is the development and understanding of past records of environmental change, centred regionally in northwestern Canada and Alaska. In short, developing a robust framework for the evolution, controls and impacts of Arctic climate at timescales from the last few decades to the last few million years. We are particularly interested in permafrost and how it has responded in the past, and is responding today, to climate change. 

Students and researchers who work in our lab study diverse problems using an equally diverse set of approaches- in short- we are far more topically-driven than strictly methodological. In keeping with this, much of our research is strongly interdisciplinary with ongoing collaborations with several groups working in evolutionary biology and ancient DNA, geochronology, geophysical sciences, geochemistry, soil science and paleoecology. Much of northern research, and in particular understanding past environmental changes, requires diverse points of view and these collaborations provide our group with additional expertise to tackle these problems. 


EAS 110 - Earth Science Field School

This excursion through the mountains and prairies of Alberta introduces students to the diverse geology and geomorphology of the region. The structure of rocks will be observed, fossils identified, and glacial deposits studied, in order to understand the geological processes that have occurred here over geologic time. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar. Intended for students in their first or second year. Not available to students with previous credit in an EAS field school (EAS 234, 354, or 333). Prerequisite: One of EAS 100, 101, 201, 210 or SCI 100. [Faculty of Science]

EAS 458 - Cold Regions Geoscience

Environments and environmental change associated with high latitude and high elevation regions. Topics vary: see www.eas.ualberta.ca/eas458 for details. May be taken more than once for credit provided no topic is repeated. Topics include: (1) Arctic environments; (2) Alpine environments; (3) Antarctica. Prerequisite: EAS 225 or 250 or consent of the instructor. [Faculty of Science]

Browse more courses taught by Duane Froese


Recent summer warming in northwestern Canada exceeds the Holocene thermal maximum

Author(s): TJ Porter, SW Schoenemann, LJ Davies, EJ Steig, S Bandara, DG Froese
Publication Date: 4/19/2019
Publication: Nature Communications
Volume: 10
Page Numbers: 1631-1640
External Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-09622-y

Bison phylogeography constrains dispersal and viability of the Ice Free Corridor in western Canada

Author(s): Heintzman, P., *Froese, D.G., and 14 others, B. Shapiro
Publication Date: 7/19/2016
Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Volume: 113
Page Numbers: 8057-8063
External Link: https://www.pnas.org/content/113/29/8057