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Spruce Schoenemann, Ph.D.


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Dr. Spruce Schoenemann is a Professor of Geology, Geochemistry, and Climate Science. He earned his B.A. in Geology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College, and received his doctorate in Paleoclimate and Isotope Geochemistry from the University of Washington. Prior to coming to Montana Western, he spent years studying polar regions and reconstructing climate from ice cores. His research goals are to understand the past climate to provide context for the climate changes of today and the future. He does this by utilizing environmental archives of climate like ice cores, lake sediments, glacier deposits, tree rings and isotopes. Spruce is committed to delivering an experiential, hands-on education for his students. His courses often include hikes, overnight trips, visits to national parks and field study trips throughout Beaverhead County and the region. Spruce is an avid outdoor enthusiast with experience leading sailing courses, backcountry trail crews and experiential education programs. He also enjoys snowboarding, climbing, mountain biking and camping with his family.

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