Sarah Finkelstein , Associate Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

University of Toronto (2004)

Other Degrees:
MPhil University of Cambridge, UK (1999)
AB Princeton University (1998)

Cross Appointments:
Department of Earth Sciences

Contact Information:

Department of Earth Sciences
Phone:    (416) 978-5613
Location: Office, 3129 Earth Sciences Centre (22 Russell Street);  Lab: 4088 Earth Science Centre

Personal Website:

Research Interests:

  • Paleoecology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Paleolimnology
  • Biogeography
  • Palynology
  • Arctic and boreal ecosystems
  • Wetland dynamics

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Selected Publications:

(for a complete list, please see:

Dalton AS*, VälirantaM, Barnett PJ, Finkelstein SA. 2016. Pollen and macrofossil-inferred paleoclimate at the Ridge Site, Hudson Bay Lowlands, Canada: evidence for a dry climate and significant recession of the Laurentide Ice Sheet during Marine Isotope Stage 3. Boreas. doi: 10.1111/bor/12218

Finkelstein SA. 2016. Reconstructing middle and late Holocene paleoclimates of the Eastern Arctic and Greenland. In: Oxford Handbook of the Prehistoric Arctic (Friesen TM and Mason OK, Eds), Oxford University Press, New York.

Beck KK*, Medeiros AS, Finkelstein SA. 2016. Drivers of change in a 7300-year Holocene diatom record from the Hemiboreal region of Ontario, Canada. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0159937. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159937

Dalton AS*, Finkelstein SA, Barnett PJ, Forman SL. 2016. Constraining the late Pleistocene history of the Laurentide Ice Sheet by dating the Missinaibi Formation, Hudson Bay Lowlands, Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews 146: 288-299

Packalen MS*, Finkelstein SA, McLaughlin, J. 2016. Climate and peat type in relation to the spatial distribution of the peat carbon mass in the Hudson Bay Lowland, Canada. Journal of Geophysical Research 1 – Biogeosciences. doi: 10.1002/2015JG002938

* indicates student co-author

Research Clusters:
Nature, Society and Environmental Change, Paleoclimate and Biogeography