Dr. Christina Neudorf

( Desert Research Institute )


(775) 232-3937
  • Institution:Desert Research Institute
  • Departments: division of earth and ecosystem sciences
  • Research Fields: Quaternary, Geochronology, Geomorphology, Archaeology
  • Disciplines: Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Physical Sciences
  • Funding:BLM - Bureau of Land Management, DoD - Department of Defense, DRI - Desert Research Institute, NSF - National Science Foundation, Private Industry


I’ve mentored undergraduate students as a Sessional Instructor at Simon Fraser University (6 years), and graduate students while training them in geochronology (~11 years). Mentoring has included providing academic and career advice and sharing my experiences in academia. Currently, I continue to provide training and guidance to graduate students as well as undergraduates who we hire as hourly employees in our lab.


I am an Assistant Research Professor and Manager of the DRI Luminescence Laboratory (DRILL). My research combines field observations and sedimentology, remote sensing (the interpretation of air photos, satellite imagery, Digital Elevation Models or LiDAR imagery), and geochronological methods to gain insights into the style and rate of landscape change and human/environment interactions in the Quaternary Period. My research includes developing luminescence dating techniques to refine temporal records in archaeology and geology, and I am the writer of The Glow Curve Blog: https://theglowcurve.org/blog.

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Sampling rocks for OSL dating in Coal Valley, NV
Sampling sediments for OSL dating in the Snake River, ID
Sampling for OSL dating ancient indigenous clam gardens, Quadra Island, BC