Cali Pfleger ’20

Cali is a geology and environmental studies major from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Floyd Scott Fellow in Climate Studies

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute | Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Week 8:
A sprint to the finish line!


July 20, 2019 | I never would have imagined all the things that I could fit into to one summer of research. I came into this summer with two goals: 1) to investigate the connection between volcanic eruptions and rainfall in Australia and 2) learn new analytical techniques to see if sulfur can be detected in stalagmites. What I […]

Week 7:
When in doubt, use a laser.


July 13, 2019 | When it comes to science, most things will never go according to plan. I learned this to be true this week when data from the XRF, X-ray florescence, was unable to detect conclusive amounts of sulfur. One of the reasons that we wanted to use the XRF is because it is a non-destructive analytical technique. […]

Week 6:
The Big Picture


July 6, 2019 | This week I began the process of learning my first new analytical technique, the XRF core scanner. XRF stands for X-ray fluorescence anal and is most commonly used to determine the elements in a given sample. The x-ray scan is very similar to x-ray machines that you would use at the doctor to get a […]

Week 5:
Communicating Science


June 28, 2019 | One of the most valuable tools in science is being able to communicate your research to those outside of your field. This week, I experienced two sides of science being both the communicator and the listener. The research I have started here at WHOI began with using the tools of climate modeling and stalagmites as […]

Week 4:
The Start of Something New


June 16, 2019 | Many of the scientists here have a continuous flow of students and my advisor includes them on her website. A few years ago, someone started the tradition of doing a “thumbs up” in their profile picture and I am not one to let a fun tradition die! This week was an exciting change of pace […]

Week 3:
Adventure on the horizon!


June 10, 2019 | This week I not only able to connect to some of my passions from home, but was also able to take some time to explore the cape. For those of you who know me, soccer has been a major part of my life. During the school year, I play on the Cornell Women’s soccer team and […]

Week 2:
What do whales and volcanoes have in common?


June 2, 2019 | This week was rather short and exciting. Monday was Memorial Day, which was spent reading in the summer sun, and on Thursday we went to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. I know what you might be thinking… “Cali, what does going to a whaling museum have to do with computers or stalagmites?”.  Well, at the […]

Week 1:
Guess WHO(I)’s Back!


May 26, 2019 | After a 20-hour car ride, (filled will many snacks, coffee, and nature breaks) I finally arrived in Woods Hole, MA. On my way from the Hilltop to Woods Hole, I stopped and took breaks at the Indiana Dunes State Park and Niagara Falls State Park. To conclude my journey and start my research adventure, I […]