Associate Professor and Chair of Geology

Teaching and Research

As a member of the UVM faculty since 1995, I maintain the UVM Environmental Stable Isotope Laboratory and the Limnogeology Laboratory, both located in the Geology Department. My current research focuses on Limnogeology, the study of lake systems and their deposits. My students and I investigate lake sediments of various temporal and spatial scales to reconstruct environmental changes of the past. These include, for instance, climate change, catastrophic events or human impact. Understanding the variability and the thresholds of lake systems will help us predict their response to future climate and environmental changes.

I have taught undergraduate courses including Introductory Geology and Sedimentology, as well as more specialized courses such as Stable Isotope Geochemistry and Geophysiology.


Noren, A.J., Bierman, P.R., Steig, E.J., Lini, A., and Southon, J., 2002, Millennial-scale storminess variability in the northeastern United States during the Holocene epoch: Nature, v. 419, p. 821-824.

Brown, S. L., Bierman, P.R., Lini, A., Davis, P.T, and Southon, J., 2002, Reconstructing lake and drainage basin history using terrestrial sediment layers: analysis of cores from a post-glacial lake in New England, USA. Journal of Paleolimnology, v. 28, p. 219-236.

Ferber, L.R., Levine, S.N., Lini, A., and Livingston, G.P., 2004, Do cyanobacteria dominate in eutrophic lakes because they fix atmospheric nitrogen? Freshwater Biology, v. 49, p. 690-708.

Hales, H., Ross, D.S., and Lini, A., 2007, Isotopic signature of Nitrate in two contrasting watersheds in Brush Brook, Vermont, USA. Biogeochemistry, v. 84, p. 51-66.

Parris, A., Bierman, P., Noren, A., Prins, M., and Lini, A, 2009, Holocene paleostorms identified by particle size signatures in lake sediments from the northeastern United States, Journal of Paleolimnology, v. 43, p. 29-49.

Rayback, S. A., Lini, A., and Berg, D.L., In press. Growth, reproduction and stable isotope ratio chronologies of Cassiope mertensiana: Multiple climate signals from a site on Mount Rainier, Washington, USA. Physical Geography.

Andrea Lini photo

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Area of expertise
UVM Environmental Stable Isotope Laboratory and the Limnogeology Laboratory


  • M.S., 1988, ETH-Z Switzerland
  • Ph.D., 1994, ETH-Z Switzerland


  • (802) 656-0245
Office Location:

Delehanty Hall, Room 319

Office Hours:

Thursdays 1:00-2:00 and by appointment