About Jeremy

I am interested in understanding long-term controls on the Earth’s climate and hydrological cycle, particularly over the Cenozoic. During this interval, the Earth underwent a fundamental shift in its climate, transitioning from the hot, high-CO2 climate that characterized the Cretaceous and Eocene to the relatively cool, low-CO2 climate of today. Understanding this transition can elucidate first-order controls on Earth’s climate as well as improve understanding of what our future climate may resemble given current projections of CO2 emissions.

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  • Paleoclimate
  • Geochemistry
  • Earth History
  • Tectonics


PhD, Earth System Science - Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 2016

BS, Earth Sciences - Rice University
Houston, TX, 2009

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Warner Outstanding Paper Award, 2021

Selected Publications

Stable isotope evidence for rapid uplift of the central Apennines since the Late Pliocene

  • M San José, JK Caves Rugenstein, MG Fellin, D Cosentino, M Ghinassi, I Martini, & C Faccenna,

Isotope Mass Balance Constraints Preclude that Mafic Weathering Drove Neogene Cooling

  • JKC Rugenstein, DE Ibarra, S Zhang, NJ Planavsky, Fv Blanckenburg,

Role of the westerlies in Central Asia climate over the Cenozoic

  • JK Caves, MJ Winnick, S Graham, DJ Sjostrom, A Mulch, & CP Chamberlain,

The Neogene de-greening of Central Asia

  • JK Caves, DY Moragne?, DE Ibarra, BU Bayshashov, Y Gao, MM Jones, A Zhamangara, AY Arzhannikova, SG Arzhannikov, & CP Chamberlain,

Late Miocene uplift of the Tian Shan and Altai and reorganization of Central Asia climate

  • JK Caves, BU Bayshashov, A Zhamangara, AJ Ritch, DE Ibarra, DJ Sjostrom, HT Mix, MJ Winnick, & CP Chamberlain.,

Cenozoic carbon cycle imbalances and a variable weathering feedback

  • JK Caves, AB Jost, KV Lau, & K Maher,

Neogene cooling driven by land surface reactivity rather than increased weathering fluxes

  • JK Caves Rugenstein, DE Ibarra, & Fv. Blanckenburg ,


  • European Geosciences Union
  • American Geophysical Union

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