School Of Earth Sciences
Science Centre - West
Tel: +353 1 7162063
Laia holds a Bachelor degree in Marine Sciences from the University of Vigo (Spain) and a M.Sc. in Coastal Geosciences and Engineering from the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel (Germany) graduating with a thesis on Mg-Carbonate precipitation experiments.
She joined the School of Geological Sciences in UCD in October 2010 as a PhD student in the Palaeoclimate Research Group led by Prof. Frank McDermott. Her PhD project, entitled "Atmospheric controls on rainfall and soil water d18O; implications for proxy-based NAO reconstruction in Europe", was funded through an SFI Research Frontiers Programme grant.
She has been recently appointed Lecturer in Low Temperature Geochemistry at the UCD School of Earth Sciences.
|Association: EGU (European Geosciences Union), Function/Role: member|
|Association: Royal Meteorological Society, Function/Role: member|
|Laia Comas-Bru, Frank McDermott, Dominik Fleitmann and Pablo Arias (2014) New evidence for positive but variable North Atlantic Oscillation states during Medieval times. [Oral Presentation], 56th Irish Geological Research Meeting, University College Dublin, Ireland , 28-FEB-14 - 02-MAR-14.|
|Laia Comas-Bru and Frank McDermott (2013) Temporal and spatial non-stationarities in the European NAO-winter climate relationships; the role of NAO, EA and SCA combinations. [Oral Presentation], RMetS student conference, Univeristy of Reading, UK , 06-SEP-13 - 09-SEP-13.|
|Laia Comas-Bru, Frank McDermott, Dominik Fleitmann and Pablo Arias Cabal (2013) Evidence of persistent positive NAO during the MCA in Northern Spain. [Oral Presentation], Holocene Climate Change (The Geological Society), London (United Kingdom) , 04-APR-13 - 05-APR-13.|
|Laia Comas-Bru and Frank McDermott (2012) Criteria for selecting European cave sites and speleothems for reconstructing the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO); a case study from N.Spain. [Oral Presentation], 55th Irish Geological Research Meeting, Cork (Ireland) , 17-FEB-12 - 19-FEB-12.|
|Laia Comas-Bru and Frank McDermott (2012) Criteria for selecting european cave sites and speleothems for reconstructing the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO); a case study from N.Spain. [Oral Presentation], International Speleothem Workshop, DAPHNE, Heidelberg (Germany) , 08-FEB-12 - 10-FEB-12.|
|Laia Comas-Bru and Frank McDermott (2011) A preliminary assessment of the possible sensitivity of speleothem δ18O to North Atlantic Oscillation variability in N.Spain. [Poster Presentation], Climate Change - The Karst Record (KR6), Birmingham, UK , 26-JUN-11 - 29-JUN-11.|
|Committee : 1st Summer School on Speleothem Science|
| Year 2015 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Subject: Ph.D. in Science
| Year 2007 Institution: CORELAB. Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel (Germany)
Qualification: Subject: M.Sc. in Coastal Geosciences and Engineering
| Year 2005 Institution: Universidade de Vigo (Spain)
Qualification: Subject: B.Sc. in Marine Sciences
|Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta: Reviewer.|
|Climate Of The Past: Reviewer.|
|Climate Dynamics: Reviewer.|
|Georgiopoulou, A., Benetti, S., Shannon, P.M., Sacchetti, F., Haughton, P.D.W., Comas-Bru, L. and Krastel, S. (2014) 'Comparison of mass wasting processeson the slopes of the Rockall Trough, Northeast Atlantic' In: Krastel, S., Behrmann, J.-H., Völker, D., Stipp, M., Berndt, C., Urgeles, R., Chaytor, J., Huhn, K., Strasser, M. and Harbitz, C.B (eds). Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences. Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research. Dordrecht, Holland: Springer Science and Business Media. , pp.471-480 [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Comas-Bru, L. and McDermott, F. (2015) 'Data-model comparison of soil-water d18O at a temperate site in N. Spain with implications for interpreting speleothem d18O'. Journal of Hydrology, . [DOI] [Details]|
|Comas-Bru, L. and McDermott, F. (2014) 'Impacts of the EA and SCA patterns on the European twentieth century NAO-winter climate relationship'. Quarterly Journal Of The Royal Meteorological Society, 140 :354-363. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]|
|Mavromatis V., Schmidt M., Botz R., Comas-Bru L. and Oelkers E.H. (2012) 'Experimental quantification of the effect of Mg on calcite-aqueous fluid oxygen isotope fractionation'. E.A.G. Special Issue of Chemical Geology, 310-311 :97-105. [DOI] [Details]|
|Laia Comas-Bru and Frank McDermott (2013) Impacts of the EA and SCA patterns on the 20th century NAO-winter precipitation relationship in Europe European Geosciences Union. General Assembly 2013 Vol. 15 5575, , 07-APR-13 - 12-APR-13 [Details]|
|Comas-Bru,L., McDermott, F. and Fleitmann, D.; (2012) A 1,000 year annually resolved record of speleothem δ18O from Northern Spain; a potential new proxy for North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) index reconstruction European Geosciences Union. General Assembly 2012 Vol. 14, EGU2012-1627-1, [Details]|
| - Palaeoenvironmental reconstructions using stable isotopes in speleothems (cave carbonates) to infer past climate variability and the role of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) as a driver of climatic conditions in western Europe during the last two millennia.
- NAO persistence patterns and their implications for calibrating proxy-based NAO reconstructions
- The effect of the East Atlantic pattern on winter climate variability and precipitation d18O patterns associated to the NAO.
- Rainfall and soil-water d18O temporal variability at temperate sites such as La Garma cave (Santander, Spain) and their implications for cave drip-waters.