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CSI Brown Bag Seminar

For the 2017 Fall Semester, the CSI Seminar will take place every Monday at 12 PM in Northrop Hall, room 340 and will be organized by Prof. Joe Galewsky (E&PS).


August 28       Jordan Gibbons (E&PS): Unraveling ancient ocean isotopic composition and temperature using triple oxygen isotopes of carbonates

September 4    Labor Day – no seminar

September 11  Nico Lubcker (University of Pretoria, South Africa): Isotopic dietary reconstructions: A South African’s outlook on the use of nitrogen and carbon isotopes measured in whiskers of Southern Elephant Seals

September 18  Seth Newsome (Biology): Individual Variation in Resource and Habitat Use in a Synanthropic Carnivore

September 25  Emma Elliot Smith (Biology): Does the amino acid d13C fingerprinting “voodoo” really work?

October 2        Tony Gargano (E&PS): The Sources of Volatiles to Earth: A Space Odyssey

October 9        Zachary Sharp (E&PS): Fundamentals of Mass Spectrometry

October 16      Kristen Rahilly (E&PS): Flux and d13C composition of diffuse carbon dioxide emissions from a prospective enhanced geothermal site in Southwest Utah.

October 23      Chris Anderson (E&PS): Electrical issues for lab and field instruments

October 30      Damian Vales (CONICET, Puerto Madryn, Argentina): Trophic ecology of South American fur seals from the South Atlantic

November 6    Henry Fricke (Colorado College, Colorado Springs): Hydrogen isotope ratios of volcanic glass and the topography of the Central Rocky Mountain/western Great Plains region during the late Paleogene

November 13  Cyler Conrad (Anthropology) and Laura Pages Barcelo (Biology): Historic Stable Isotope Ecology of Sea Turtles and Tortoises

November 20  Kristin Pearthree (E&PS): Paleohydrology and productivity of Lake Chalco, Mexico through analysis of Nitrogen and Carbon isotopes in organic matter

November 27  Jonathan Dombrowsky (Anthropology): A Preliminary Assessment of Carbon Flow in the Protohistoric Middle Rio Grande

December 4     Jacquelyn Delp (E&PS): Water vapor isotopic measurements from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement site on Graciosa Island, Azores


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.