The Quaternary Research Center fosters interdisciplinary environmental research at the University of Washington through strategic investments in seed grants, expeditions, seminars and workshops, and through publication of the journal, Quaternary Research.

QRC-supported research focuses on the Quaternary geologic period -- the last 2½ million years of Earth history -- a time encompassing massive and abrupt changes of climate, sea level, global biota, and ice extent, as well the evolution of humans and the advent of civilization. We study processes that drive environmental changes in order to understand how the Earth sustains humanity, and to prepare for future environmental changes.