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 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]

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Featured Publications

TJ Porter, SW Schoenemann, LJ Davies, EJ Steig, S Bandara, DG Froese

Nature Communications. 2019 April; 10

Heintzman, P., *Froese, D.G., and 14 others, B. Shapiro

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2016 July; 113