Gerard Otiniano

Gerard Otiniano

PhD Candidate Dr. Trevor Porter, supervisor

Research and Professional Interests

My work focuses on developing and employing climate proxies in high latitude regions. I am most interested in better understanding the climate of the Cenozoic (past 65 million years) in central Alaska and Yukon. The climate proxies that I am most interested in are bacterial membrane lipids (brGDGTs) and water isotopes archived in volcanic glass and fossil leaf waxes.

Why Geography, Geomatics and Environment at UTM?

  1. Great supervisor with a focus that aligns perfectly with my interests
  2. Incredible graduate cohort and community


  • Otiniano, Porter, T. J., Benowitz, J. A., Bindeman, I. N., Froese, D. G., Jensen, B. J. L., Davies, L. J., & Phillips, M. A. (2020). A Late Miocene to Late Pleistocene Reconstruction of Precipitation Isotopes and Climate From Hydrated Volcanic Glass Shards and Biomarkers in Central Alaska and Yukon. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 35(7).


Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Trevor Porter


PhD Candidate – University of Toronto
MSc – University of Toronto Mississauga
BSc Earth and Atmospheric Sciences – University of Alberta