- An early anthropocene in North America/prehistoric human land use during the Holocene
- Paleoecological/model-based reconstructions of vegetation and land cover in North America
- Paleoclimate reconstruction
- Systematics, taxonomy and biogeography
Department of Geography, University of Ottawa
Thesis: Human-vegetation-climate interactions in North America in the context of an early anthropocene
Supervisor: Dr. Konrad Gajewski
Fast-track from M.Sc. to Ph. D. in Geography
Department of Geography, University of Ottawa
Fast-track research paper: A record of Holocene lake-level change and vegetation dynamics near the Aishihik Lake area in southwestern Yukon
Supervisor: Dr. Konrad Gajewski
See my Graduate Student Report in section 2 of the Spring 2014 AMQUA newsletter
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Department of Biology, University of Ottawa
Thesis : The Phylogenetic Utility of Molecular and Morphological Characters: An Example from Carex section Griseae (Cyperaceae)
Supervisor: Dr. Julian Starr
Publications and Citations
• Chaput, M.A., and Gajewski, K. 2016. Radiocarbon Dates as Estimates of Ancient Human Population Size. Anthropocene, in press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2015.10.002.
• Chaput, M.A., Kriesche, B., Betts, M., Martindale, A., Kulik, R., Schmidt, V. and Gajewski, K. 2015. Spatiotemporal Distribution of Holocene Populations in North America. PNAS 112(39): 12127-12132. doi:10.1073pnas.1505657112.
• Chaput, M.A., and Gajewski, K. 2014. Analysis of Daily Air Temperatures Across a Topographically Complex Alpine Region of Southwest Yukon, Canada. Arctic, 37(4): 537-553. PDF.
• Chaput, M. (2014). Gyrosigma acuminatum. In Diatoms of the United States. http://westerndiatoms.colorado.edu/taxa/species/gyrosigma_acuminatum
In the beautiful town of Utrecht, the Netherlands, I attended the LandCover6k General Meeting where I discussed the current state of land cover and land use change research with colleagues from across the world. Topics such as the use of pollen productivity estimates (PPEs) in reconstructing land cover change and the usefulness of land cover data in land use model scenarios were discussed. I presented two posters which can be viewed here and here. Read about my experience at the conference on page 5 of the Canadian Association of Palynologists December 2016 Newsletter.
In June 2016, the C4P Paleodata Community Development Event (C4P-CDE) was held at NCAR (the National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Boulder, CO. Here, members of the paleoscience community put their heads together to come up with better ways to disseminate and use paleobiological and paleoenvironmental data. Emphasis was placed on the Paleobiology Database and the Neotoma Paleoecology Database. A list of other resources is available here.
I discussed a poster showcasing radiocarbon dates from Québec at the 2015 Joint Assembly of the American Geophysical Union in Montreal, Québec. The poster can be viewed here.
I presented the results of a collaborative analysis of the distribution of prehistoric humans in North America based on data from the Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database (CARD) at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The presentation was given during a session on New Perspectives in Paleoenvironmental Change and Geoarchaeology in North America.
As part of the 13th International NCCR Climate Summer School in Grindelwald, Switzerland, I attended a conference on "Linking land use, land cover and climate". Young researchers and international experts studying climate change, anthropogenic land use and land cover change, and "safe operating scenarios" for the future came together to discuss the consequences of intense land use and consider possible mitigation strategies. I presented a research proposal for studying past human-vegetation-climate dynamics in North America in the context of the Anthropocene.
Between May 19th and June 13th, I participated in a course on the Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms offered by the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. This course, co-taught by Dr. Mark Edlund and Dr. Sarah Spaulding, was a field-oriented class with a laboratory component during which I was able to familiarize myself with the taxonomy and microscopic identification of diatoms. In class we discussed proper slide mounting techniques, bright field, dark field and phase contrast microscopy, and stratified counting procedures, as well as the evolutionary history and biogeography of diatoms. If you ever have the opportunity to attend a class or workshop at the Iowa Lakeside Lab, I would highly recommend it!
At the International Biogeography Society's Special Meeting in Montreal, I presented a poster on "Holocene human-vegetation-climate interactions in North America". The theme of this meeting was "The Geography of Species Associations" which gave researchers in fields such as community assembly, null models in ecology, diversification, phylogeography and large-scale studies a chance to share their research results with an international audience.
I attended the 12th International NCCR Climate Summer School hosted by the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research in Grindelwald, Switzerland. The theme of the summer school was "From climate reconstructions to climate predictions", a topic which gave young researchers the chance to attend keynote plenary lectures and workshops which focused on the important link between past and future climate scenarios. I also had the opportunity to present my own research during a poster session dedicated to recent advances in multyproxy climate reconstructions.
I travelled to Kalmar , Sweden , to participate in a short course (The theory of pollen analysis and its applications) offered by Dr. Shinya Sugita and the Department of Biology at Linnaeus University. I studied concepts and mechanisms essential for paleoecological studies and the application of models, such as REVEALS and LOVE, used in the reconstruction of vegetation and land cover using fossil pollen.
I travelled to London, England, to participate in two short courses (Ostracod Analysis/Stable Isotopes and Environmental Change) offered by the Geography Department at University College London. Here I practiced modern laboratory techniques associated with the use of paleoenvironmental proxies to reconstruct climate change.
As a student in BIO3103 (Ecology of East African Ecosystems), I travelled to Tanzania, East Africa, and took part in an educational and multicultural experience devoted to raising awareness about malaria-endemic regions of the world, distributing bed nets to families in need and studying agroforestry techniques for the rehabilitation of degraded land.
- Winter 2017 - Development of a summer mini-course for high school students related to geography, environment and geomatics
- GEG4129 - Global Climate Change (Winter 2016)
- GEG2304 - Climatology (Fall 2013)
- GEG3114 - Biogeography (Fall 2012/2014/2015)
- GEG2109 - Canada and its Regions (Winter 2012/2013/2016)
- GEG3107 - Geography of Polar Regions (Winter 2012)
- GEG3102 - Hydrology (Fall 2011)
- GEG1301 - Introduction to the Physical Environment (Fall 2011)
- The daily and hourly temperature data from Chaput and Gajewski (2014) are available here
- The movie from Chaput et al. (2015) is available here
- Je parle et j'écris courramment le français et l'anglais
Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon, Canada
Trying to get to the river! (Photo courtesy of Frank Oliva)
A beautiful day for lake coring in Aishihik Valley, Yukon, Canada
2014 NCCR Summer School, Grindelwald, Switzerland (Photo courtesy of Claire McKay)
Having some fun in Chicago with the Cloud Gate sculpture in Millenium Park following the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting
Walking through the Utrecht University Botanical Gardens following the 2016 LandCover6k Meeting in Utrecht.