I am an geomorphologist and an educator, and I’m currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Physical Geography at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. My research focuses on the interactions between climate, tectonics, and Earth’s surface. I’m particularly interested in the weathering and erosion of mountain landscapes. I use a combination of field work, numerical modeling, and geochemical methods, including tracer thermochronometry, cosmogenic nuclides, and soil geochemistry.

Come work with me! I’ll be starting a new position as an Asst. Professor at UC Merced in January 2021, and I’m recruiting PhD students. Check out the “prospective students” tab to learn more.


Photo credit: Reilly Dibner

You can reach me at claire.lukens <at> vuw.ac.nz