Tristan Bench

Tristan Bench

Graduate Student | Earth and Space Sciences

I am a graduate student in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences working with Ron Sletten and James Feathers, and a former graduate student fellow of the UW Program on Climate Change. My primary interests are in Quaternary geochronology and geoarchaeology. My research aims to improve applications of Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) depth profiling in geological and geoarchaeological contexts with controlled exposure aging procedures. OSL depth profiling techniques offer rock surface exposure age and steady-state erosion rate calculations at centennial to millennial timescales, making it a pertinent dating procedure for helping assess the effects on rock surface processes from changing environmental and climatic conditions.