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I am a 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, Earth’s surface, and life. 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. Have a look at my research page to learn more about my current research directions, and contact me if you’re interested in talking about possible projects. You can find out more about the Environmental Systems program at UC Merced here: https://es.ucmerced.edu/prospective-students

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Photo credit: Reilly Dibner

You can reach me at claire.lukens <at> vuw.ac.nz until January 1, and at clukens<at>ucmerced.edu starting December 15.