Gail M. Ashley

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Professor II; Director, Quaternary Studies Program

Rutgers University
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Room 230 Wright Labs
610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, NJ 008854-8066 U.S.A.

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  • B.S., M.S., University of Massachusetts
  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia


Research Interests

East African Research - [Link]

My research is focused on the Quaternary epoch, a time of rapid climate change. I study modern physical processes and deposits of glacial, fluvial, lacustrine, arid landscapes, and use this information to interpret paleoenvironments.

I have three ongoing projects: (1) reconstruction of paleoenvironments and paleoclimate history in the East African rift valley (Tanzania and Kenya); (2) interpretation of modern, Holocene and Pleistocene rift valley groundwater discharge records (spring, seeps and wetlands); (3) application of the Critical Zone concept to deep time.


"A freshwater carbonate deposit was found associated with hominin remains suggesting use of spring water at Olduvai Gorge"


"Freshwater wetlands on the Loboi Plain, Lake Bogoria, Kenya"


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