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.

QRC Funding

The Quaternary Research Center has a limited pool of financial resources available to support small research proposals, visiting speakers and other activities that will promote Quaternary scholarship at the University of Washington. View guidelines here: