Marcus James Thomson, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae

 Education 
2018Ph.D. (Geography)
University of California, Los Angeles
Dissertation: “Climate, corn, and culture: Modeling paleoenvironmental change and Native American Zea mays agriculture in Utah at the MCA-LIA transition”
Chair: Glen M. MacDonald

Los Angeles, CA

2015C.Phil. (Geography)
University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

 2004M.Sc. (Neutrino Astrophysics)
Queen’s University
Thesis: “222Rn calibration and spatial symmetry of sensitivity of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Detector”
Chair: Aksel Hallin

Kingston, Canada

2001B.Sc. (honours, Physics)
Queen’s University

Kingston, Canada

Journal Articles

Bednar, J., Obersteiner, M., Baklanov, A., Hall, J., Wagner, F., Thomson, M. J. (submitted). Carbon removal obligations are key to achieve 1.5°C.

Thomson, M. J., MacDonald, G. M. (under review). Cumulative growing degree days for Fremont Ancestral Puebloan maize over Utah between 850-1499 CE based on a statistically downscaled climate model.

Colven, E. L., Thomson, M. J. (2019). Bridging the Divide between Human and Physical Geography: Potential Avenues for Collaborative Research on Climate Modeling. Geography Compass, 13(2), e12418. doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12418

Thomson, M. J., Balkovich, J., Krisztin, T., MacDonald, G. M. (2018). Simulated crop yield for Zea mays for Fremont Ancestral Puebloan sites in Utah between 850-1499 CE based on temperature dailies from a statistically downscaled climate model. Quaternary International10.1016/j.quaint.2018.09.031

Loisel, J., MacDonald, G. M., Thomson, M. J. (2017). Little Ice Age climatic erraticism as an analogue for future enhanced hydroclimatic variability across the American Southwest. PLoS One, 12(10), 1-16. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0186282

SNO Collaboration. (2005). Electron energy spectra, fluxes, and day-night asymmetries of 8B solar neutrinos from measurements with NaCl dissolved in the heavy-water detector at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. Physical Review C, 72(5), 055502.

SNO Collaboration. (2005). Search for periodicities in the 8B solar neutrino flux measured by the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. Physical Review D, 72(5), 052010.

SNO Collaboration. (2004). Constraints on nucleon decay via invisible modes from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. Physical Review Letters, 92(10), 102004.

SNO Collaboration. (2004). Electron antineutrino search at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. Physical Review D, 70(9), 093014.

SNO Collaboration. (2004). Measurement of the Total Active 8B Solar Neutrino Flux at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory with Enhanced Neutral Current Sensitivity. Physical Review Letters, 92(18), 181301.

Encyclopaedia Articles

Thomson, M. J. (accepted). Integrated Assessment Models. The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Wiley. preprint.

Thomson, M. J. (2018). Paleoclimatology, Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier. doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10894-2

Technical Reports

FOLU Coalition. (2019). Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use. The Global Consultation Report of the Food and Land Use Coalition September 2019. Full Report, Long Summary, and Executive Summary.

Thomson, M. J., Pérez-Guzmán, K., Sperling, F., Frank, S. (2019). European Union. Chapter in the 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. p. 180-191.

Mosnier, A., et al. (The FABLE Consortium) (2019). 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium: Pathways to Sustainable Land-Use and Food Systems. Laxenburg and Paris: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Full Report and Executive Summary.
Grants and Awards
2017Mickhalevich Award, with Honors, IIASA, Austria
Competitive fellowship awarded following nomination by YSSP supervisors and external peer-review of final research paper, “Climate, Corn and Culture: Simulated Impact of Paleoclimate Change on Fremont Native American Maize Farming in Utah,” supervised by T. Krisztin and J. Balkovic. (Of 51 YSSP projects, 13 finalists were nominated for 4 awards, 2 of were given honors.) Grants an additional 3 month research residency at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria.
2016Young Scientists Summer Research fellowship, IIASA, Austria
Competitive fellowship awarded in my case by the National Academy of Sciences through the National Science Foundation to fund a 3 month research internship at the interdisciplinary International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria.
2015Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics
Awarded a share as a member of SNO “for the fundamental discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics.” Laureates.
2015 & 2014Helin Research Travel Grant, UCLA
Joint Departmental and privately endowed grant to pursue dissertation-related fieldwork in a non-English speaking country (Egypt in my case).
2014 & 2012Graduate Summer Research Mentor (GSRM) fellowship, UCLA
Fellowship awarded to aspiring scientists to fund summer research ($6000+).
2012Graduate Student Mentor (GSM) Fellowship, UCLA
Competitive fellowship awarded to graduate students to work closely with faculty supervisor on a research project for publication ($34,600).
2001Carl Rienhardt Award, Queen’s University at Kingston
Fellowship for graduate studies.
Experience
01/2020 – PresentPostdoctoral Researcher with the Iterative Eden Project (IEP), National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CA
05/2018 – 12/2019Research Scholar with FABLE, IIASA

Laxenburg, Austria

08/2017 & 01-03/2018Mikhalevich Award Fellow, IIASA

Laxenburg, Austria

09/2017-12/2017Teaching Fellow, UCLA Undergraduate Education Initiative sponsored by the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
• Food: A Lens for Environment and Sustainability (Freshman GE Cluster M1) under Prof. Jenny Jay, Dr. Raffaella D’Auria, Dr. Cully Nordby.

Los Angeles, CA

09/2016-04/2017Teaching Fellow, UCLA Undergraduate Education Initiative sponsored by the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
• Food: A Lens for Environment and Sustainability (Freshman GE Cluster M1) under Prof. Jenny Jay, Dr. Raffaella D’Auria, Dr. Cully Nordby and Dr. Andy Rice.

Los Angeles, CA

04-06/2016Teaching Associate, UCLA Geography
• Past Societies and their Lessons for Our Own Future (ANTHRO M158Q/GEOG M153/HNRS M152) under Prof. Jared Diamond

Los Angeles, CA

01-03/2016Muir Research Fellow and Reader, UCLA Geography
• Past Societies and their Lessons for Our Own Future (ANTHRO M158Q/GEOG M153/HNRS M152) under Prof. Jared Diamond

Los Angeles, CA

10-12/2015Teaching Associate, UCLA Geography
Modeling the Environment (GEOG 166) under Prof. Kyle Cavanaugh

Los Angeles, CA

05-09/2015Muir Memorial Chair Research Fellow, UCLA Geography

Los Angeles, CA

05-09/2015Research Fellow
Southwest Center for Climate Science

Los Angeles, CA

10/2013-01/2014Managing Editor
Environmental Humanities Now

Los Angeles, CA

05-09/2013Graduate Student Researcher
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Los Angeles, CA

09-11/2009Field Researcher
MAPAD (mission archéologique et paléontologique Afar Djibouti)

Dikhil, Djibouti

09-12/2007Lecturer in Physics
Department of Arts and Science, Modern College of Business and Science

Muscat, Oman

05-09/2007Research Assistant
Department of Anthropological Science, Stanford University

Stanford, CA

09/2001-05/2005Teaching Assistant and Lab Demonstrator
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Queen’s University

Kingston, Canada

Presentations
05/2018“Impact of climate change on Native American maize farming at the MCA-LIA transition,” Climates and Cultures: Perspectives for the future conference, Palais des Académies. Talk and poster.Brussels, Belgium
12/2016“Crop model simulated impact of climate change on Fremont Native American maize farming at the MCA-LIA transition using a statistically downscaled GCM,” American Geophysical Union (AGU). Poster.San Francisco, CA
12/2016“Climate change and civilization: What do we know about global warming in the past, present and future?” Santa Rita Jail, Alameda County. Invited to speak to inmates engaged in a special environmental literacy education program.Dublin, CA
10/2016“Simulated impact of climate change on Fremont Native American maize farming at the MCA-LIA transition, ~12-13th c.,” Mountain Climate Conference, MtnClim2016. Poster.Leavenworth, WA
05/2016“Climate, Corn and Collapse? A Paleoclimate Model and Proxy Based Analysis of Native American Agricultural Decline in Prehistoric Utah,” Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting. Paper.San Francisco, CA
12/2015“Using Stochastically Downscaled Climate Models and Multiproxy Lake Sediment Data to Connect Climatic Variations Over the Past 1000 Years and the History of Prehistoric Maize Farming in Utah,” American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. Poster.San Francisco, CA
03/2015“Reconstructing conditions for Fremont Zea mays horticulture”, PACLIM Conference 2015, Asilomar Conference Grounds. Poster.Pacific Grove, CA
04/2014“Holocene Nile paleohydrology and eastern Mediterranean paleohydroclimatology”, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting.Tampa, FL
04/2013“A critical review of Holocene paleohydrology and paleohydroclimatology of the Nile and Eastern Mediterranean,” 78th annual Society for American Archaeologists meeting.Honolulu, HI
04/2013“Applying paleoclimatological methods to study occupational change in an archaeological site,” 6th annual Earth and Planetary Sciences Student Symposium.Los Angeles, CA
04/2013“Holocene geoarchaeology and biogeography in the Fayum, Egypt,” (poster) 67th annual California Geographical Society Conference. Poster.San Luis Obispo, CA
Articles (in preparation)

FABLE Consortium. (submitted). Coordinating globally consistent national pathways towards sustainable land-use and food systems.

Thomson, M. J., MacDonald, G. M., Porinchu, D. (in prep.) Mean July lake surface temperatures for lakes in southwestern and central Utah using chironomid-based inference thermometry.

Thomson, M. J., MacDonald, G. M. (in prep.) Macroscopic charcoal-based paleofire records for Alpine Pond, Dixie NF, Blue Lake, Manti La Sal NF, and Denise Lake, Ashley NF, on a diagonal transect of montane Utah.

Memberships
American Geophysical Union (AGU), Association of American Geographers (AAG), Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG), the Geological Society of America (GSA), the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG)
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