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CSI Brown Bag Seminar

For the 2017 Spring Semester the CSI Seminar will take place every Thursday from 11AM to 12PM in the Museum of Southwestern Biology, room 337 and it will be organized by Professor David Hanson (Department of Biology).

Spring 2017 CSI Seminar Schedule

January 26    Katie Smart (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa) : Elements of Life in Earth’s Early Geochemical Cycles

February 2    Adam Barkalow (UNM Department of Biology): Investigating the thermal ecology of Colorado River larval catostomids using oxygen isotopes

February 9    David Hanson (UNM, Department of Biology): Measuring real-time gas fluxes via membrane-inlet mass spectrometry

February 16  Chris Merriman (UNM, Department of Anthropology): Reconstructing Paleoenvironments in the Northern Jornada del Muerto (NM): Playa Sediments and Carbon Isotopes

February 23  Laura Pages Barcelo (UNM, Department of Biology): Exploring the use of hydrogen isotopes in marine ecosystems for a better understanding of the sea turtle diet

March 2        Wales Carter (University of Rhode Island): Integrating Diet, Body Composition, and Organismal Performance: The Turnover of Lipid Pools in a Model Songbird

March 9        Kelli Hughes (UNM, Department of Biology): Role of Mouse Gut Microbiota in Protein Metabolism

March 16     spring break – no seminar

March 23     Jarek Kwiecinski (UNM, Department of Biology): Impacts of Altered Precipitation Regimes on the Distribution of Dryland Soil Nitrogen

March 30     Catalina Tome (UNM, Department of Biology): The response of the cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus) to the late Pleistocene megafauna extinction

April 6         Marian Hamilton   (UNM, Department of Anthropology): Strontium isotope as indicators of microhabitat preference and philopatric dispersal

April 13       no seminar

April 20       Keith Prufer (UNM, Department of Anthropology): A new 14C sample preparation and organic carbon-to-graphite conversion lab at UNM

April 27       Dylan Garcia (UNM, E&PS): Paleomonsoonal precipitation and hydroclimate variability from glacial to interglacial climates in the Southwest: The Stoneman Lake, Arizona record


Training Programs and Courses

  • Graduate Student Assistantships: 2 graduate assistantships per semester (one in Earth & Planetary Sciences and another in Biology) are offered to train graduate students in the daily operation of instrumentation, instrument maintenance, QA/QC protocols and data reduction.
  • Courses: targeted to motivated undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral researchers interested in learning more about the application of stable isotope analysis in the planetary, life and medical sciences. The laboratory experience will include full access and training on how to operate and maintain isotope ratio mass spectrometers.
    • Stable Isotope Geochemistry (EPS 405): The aim of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of stable isotope geochemistry, and it’s application in the geosciences. In particular, lectures will focus on applications to paleoclimate reconstruction, metamorphic and igneous petrology, atmospheric science and meteoritics.
    • Elemental Ecology (BIO 402/502): This aim of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the application of stable isotope measurements in ecology and environmental science. Lectures will address the theory underlying the application of stable isotopes at natural abundance levels as tracers and integrators of important ecological and environmental processes.