Curriculum Vitae

For a full CV, please email me at bkonecky <at> wustl <dot> edu.


Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Research Scientist I,  Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO

NSF-AGS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO & College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Environmental Research Coordinator, African Millennium Villages Project, Agriculture and Food Security Center, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York, NY


Ph.D., 2013, Geological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
(degree conferred in 2014)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Sep. 2009 – Aug. 2012

Dissertation Title: Decadal to Orbital Scale Climate Change in the Indian Ocean Region: Precipitation Isotopic Perspectives from East Africa and Indonesia

Sc.M., 2010, Geological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Sc.M. Thesis: Atmospheric Circulation Patterns During Late Pleistocene Climate Changes at Lake Malawi, Africa

B.A., 2005, magna cum laude, Environmental Sciences, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY


See my Publications page for selected publications


  • 2017-2018Konecky, B. (Lead PI), Smol, J., Michelutti, N., Sowell, P., Grooms, C. “Climatic and environmental change in the High Andes as a backdrop to pre-Hispanic human activities: Paleoclimate investigations from a newly discovered archaeological site at Lake Sibinacocha, Peru.” National Geographic Society, Standard Grant Program, Award #HJ-097R-17.
  • 2017-2020, Diem, J., Konecky, B., Hartter, J., Palace, M. “Understanding the Role of Moisture Transport in Rainfall Variability and Agricultural Decision Making.” Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) and Climate & Large-Scale Dynamics (CLD), National Science Foundation (abstract)
  • 2016-2019, Noone, D. and Konecky, B. “Synthesis study of the tropical rain belt through the Holocene,” $636,422, Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change, National Science Foundation (abstract)
  • 2016, Konecky, B. “Expedition to the Okavango Delta to examine the effects of a changing climate on water resources,” $15,000, National Geographic-Waitt Grant, National Geographic Society
  • 2014, Konecky, B. “Indo-Pacific hydrology in a warming world: Modeled and observed responses to climate forcings from the Little Ice Age to present,” $172,000, NSF-AGS Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation
  • 2012, Konecky, B. “Zonal gradients in tropical East African rainfall variability over the past 2 kyr: Insights from Lake George, Uganda,” $2,500, Student Research Grant, Geological Society of America
  • 2009-2012, Konecky, B. “Long-Term Climate Variability and Land Cover Change in Tropical East Africa,” $121,500, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation
  • 2011, Konecky, B. and Loomis, S.  Graduate International Colloquium Fund, Brown University (for African Climate, Ecosystems, and Statistics Workshop)
  • 2009, Konecky, B. “Abrupt climate changes in southern East Africa during Marine Isotope Stage 3: A New Precipitation Record from Lake Malawi,” $4,000, Charles A. and June R.P. Ross Research Award, Geological Society of America


* Listing 2017 only for the sake of brevity

  • August 2017: Keynote address, Goldschmidt Conference, Paris, France
  • May 2017: Keynote address, Climate Change: The Karst Record VIII (KR8), Austin, TX
  • April 2017: Weeks lecture (Department seminar), University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI
  • March 2017: CESM Paleoclimate Working Group, Boulder, CO



  • Paleoclimatology (EPS486)
  • in the pipeline: First-Year Seminar on Climate Science; The Earth’s Climate System; The Global Water Cycle; Limnology


  • 2015-present Founder and lead coordinator, PAGES Iso2k Project (Hydroclimate of the Common Era); 40+ active members in ~10 countries


  • 2017 Paleolimnology advisory panel to NOAA NCEI World Data Center for Paleoclimatology
  • 2016 Session Co-Convener, “Quantitative approaches to paleoclimate data, models, and their intercomparison,” AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec 12-16
  • 2015 Session Co-Convener, “It takes two: Using paleodata and climate models to understand climate dynamics” (link), AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • 2014 Session Co-Convener, “Water Isotope Systematics: Improving Paleoclimate Interpretations [PP31D, PP33F, PP34B]” AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Reviewer for Nature Geoscience, Nature Communications, PNAS, GRL, EPSL, Climate of the Past, Journal of Paleolimnology, Palaeo-3, International Journal of Climatology, Journal of Arid Environments, The Holocene, Quaternary Science Reviews


  • 2015-2017 Panelist (October 2015, 2016) and formal mentor (ongoing), Project PROGRESS for women undergraduates in STEM, Fort Collins, CO & Boulder, CO
  • 2016 Co-organizer and moderator, “Continuing geoscience and diversity work in a changing world” pop-up panel, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec 14
  • 2016 Science, music, and diversity podcast for Physics World. Episode title: “Rocking the Status Quo in Science” (link to podcast)
  • 2015 Public lecture, “The geologic perspective on climate change.” Café Scientifique @ West Flanders Brewing Company, Boulder, CO (YouTube clips)
  • 2014 Author of “Geoscientist and singer-songwriter shares her creative side at AGU’s Open Mic Night — and you can, too,” AGU Plainspoken Scientist Blog, December 8, 2014 (link to article)
  • 2013-2014 Founder and facilitator, Women in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Group, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2012-2013 Founder and organizer, Graduate Student Peer Mentoring Program, Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University
  • 2011-2013 Coordinator, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University
  • 2011-present Band Coach and Volunteer, Girls Rock Rhode Island, Providence, RI and Girls Rock Denver, Denver, CO