Karl Kreutz is the Director of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, and a Professor in the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.  He is an Earth scientist who uses geochemical tools to study the full dynamic range of the climate system.  He specializes in the ice core record of climate and environmental change developed from the polar ice sheets and alpine glaciers. 

His research focuses specifically on polar amplification and feedbacks, hydroclimate variability, abrupt climate change, and coupled ocean-atmosphere processes.  Over the past 20+ years, he has worked on projects ranging from the South Pole to the Arctic to the world’s highest mountains to Maine’s diverse landscape.


UArctic Chairs are highly qualified academics who serve as academic drivers in a broad area of relevance to the Arctic. They implement and drive collaborative actions in research and education among UArctic members and Thematic Networks and build partnerships with the broader Arctic community.