Geoscientist Liviu GIOSAN

Associate Scientist w/ Tenure

Department of Geology and Geophysics

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, MA 02543


Curriculum Vitae


  • Bucharest University, Bucharest, Romania Geology Dipl., 1993
  • SUNY Stony Brook, New York, USA Marine Env. Sci. M.S., 1995
  • SUNY Stony Brook, New York, USA Marine & Atm. Sci. PhD, 2001


  • 2012 – 12.710 MIT/WHOI Joint Program: Introduction to Marine Geol. & Geophysics
  • 2014 – MIT/WHOI Joint Program: Marine Geodynamics – ANTHROPOCENE
  • 2011 – MIT/WHOI Joint Program: Marine Geodynamics – RIVERS

Research Interests

  • Human-climate-landscape interactions: Role of natural phenomena on development and collapse of civilizations based on reconstructions from marine/continental deposits
  • Morphodynamics and Sedimentation: Rivers, deltas and supply-dominated coasts
  • Paleoceanography/Paleoclimatology: Sources, transport, transformations, and climatic significance of clastic sediments in marine, fluvial, and other aquatic environments

Selected Publications

  • Munoz, S.E., Giosan, L., Therrell, M.D., Remo, J.W.F., Shen, Z., Sullivan, R.M., Wiman, C., O’Donnell, M., Donnelly, J.P., 2018, Climate-modulated Mississippi River flood hazard enhanced by river engineering, Nature, 556 (7699), 95.
  • Giosan, L., Orsi, W. D., Coolen, M., Wuchter, C., Dunlea, A. G., Thirumalai, K., Munoz, S. E., Clift, P. D., Donnelly, J. P., Galy, V., and Fuller, D. Q., 2018, Neoglacial climate anomalies and the Harappan metamorphosis, Climate of the Past, 14, 1669-1686.
  • Giosan, L., Naing, T., Tun, M.M., Clift, P.D., Filip, F., Constantinescu, S., Khonde, N., Blusztajn, J., Buylaert, J.P., Stevens, T. and Thwin, S., 2018. On the Holocene evolution of the Ayeyawady megadelta. Earth Surface Dynamics, 6(2), pp. 451-466.
  • Keigwin, L.D., Klotsko, S., Zhao, N., Reilly, B., Giosan, L. and Driscoll, N.W., 2018. Deglacial floods in the Beaufort Sea preceded Younger Dryas cooling. Nature Geoscience, 11, 8, 599-604.
  • Gebregiorgis, D., Hathorne, E.C., Giosan, L., Clemens, S., Nürnberg, D. and Frank, M., 2018, Southern Hemisphere forcing of South Asian monsoon precipitation over the past 1 million years, Nature Communications, 9(1), p.4702..
  • Ducea, M.N., Giosan, L., Carter, A., Stoica, A. M., Roban, R.D., Balica, C., Balintoni, I., Filip, F., Petrescu, L., 2018. U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology of the lower Danube and its tributaries: Implications for the geology of the Carpathians. Geochem., Geophys., Geosyst, DOI:10.1029/2018GC007659.
  • Nienhuis, J.H., Ashton, A.D., Giosan, L., 2015, What makes a delta wave-dominated? Geology, 43: 511-514.
  • Giosan, L., Syvitski, J.P.M., Constantinescu, S., Day, J., 2014, Protect the World’s Deltas, Nature, 516: 31-33
  • Filip., F. and Giosan, L., 2014, Evolution of Chilia lobes of the Danube delta: Reorganization of deltaic processes under cultural pressures, Anthropocene, 5, 65-70.
  • Giosan, L., Constantinescu, S., Filip, F., Bing, D., 2013, Invited Article: Maintenance of large deltas through channelization: Nature vs. humans in the Danube Delta, Anthropocene, 1: 35-45.
  • Giosan, L., Coolen, M.J.L., Kaplan, J.O., Constantinescu, S., Filip, F., Filipova-Marinova, M., Kettner, J. and N. Thom (2012) Early anthropogenic transformation of the Danube-Black Sea system. Sci. Reports, 2: 10.1038/srep00582
  • Giosan, L., Clift, PD; Macklin, MG; Fuller, DQ; Constantinescu, S; Durcan, JA; Stevens, T; Duller, GAT; Tabrez, AR; Gangal, K; Adhikari, R; Alizai, A; Filip, F; VanLaningham, S; Syvitski, JPM. 2012, Fluvial landscapes of the Harappan civilization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109, pp. E1688-E169.
  • Ponton, C., L. Giosan, T. I. Eglinton, D. Fuller, J. E. Johnson, P. Kumar, and T. S. Collet. Holocene Aridification of India. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, p. L03704, 2012.
  • Ashton, AD and Giosan, L, Wave-angle control of delta evolution. Geophysical Research Letters, 38, p. L13405, 2011
  • Syvitski, JPM, Kettner, AJ, Overeem, I, Hutton, EWH, Hannon, MT, Brakenridge, GR, Day, J, Vörösmarty, C, Saito, Y, Giosan, L., & Nicholls, RJ. 2009. Sinking deltas due to human activities. Nature Geoscience, 2: 681 – 686.
  • Giosan, L., F. Filip, S. Constantinescu, 2009, Was the Black Sea catastrophically flooded in the early Holocene? Quaternary Science Reviews, 28: 1-6.
  • Giosan, L., J.P. Donnelly, E. Vespremeanu, S. Constantinescu, F. Filip, I. Ovejanu, A. Vespremeanu-Stroe, G.A.T. Duller, 2006, Young Danube Delta Documents Stable Black Sea Level Since Middle Holocene: Morphodynamic, Paleogeographic and Archaeological Implications, Geology, 34, 9, 757-760.
  • Bhattacharya J. and Giosan, L., 2003. Wave-influenced deltas: geomorphological implications for facies reconstruction, Sedimentology, 50, 1.