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CSI Brown Bag Seminar

The CSI Seminar for the Fall 2019 semester will be held every Monday at 12PM in Northrop Hall room 340 (just next to the CSI labs).

Fall 2019 Schedule

August 26: Phil Manlick (UNM, Department of Biology): Human disturbance increases niche overlap in North American carnivores

September 2nd: Labor Day; no seminar

September 9th: Roxana Khoshravesh Astaneh (UNM, Department of Biology): Hyperspectral Raman Light Sheet Microscope for In Vivo Imaging of Leaf Metabolism

September 16th: Elena Tamburin (Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, La Paz, Mexico): How much do young white and shortfin sharks have in common? Stable Isotopes analysis reveals resource sharing in a nursery area in northern Baja California, Mexico

September 23th: Sebastian Los (UNM, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences): Tropical turnover: A forward model of water vapor isotopologues yields fruitful information on moistening of the subtropical marine atmosphere

September 30th: Michael Cato (UNM, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences): A survey of hydrogen isotope ratios in ordinary chondrites

October 7th: Kristen Oliver (UNM, Department of Biology): Using the doubly labelled water approach to measure field metabolic and water flux rates in birds

October 14th: Aria Holmes (UNM, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences): Long term climate fluctuations inferred from carbon and oxygen isotopes in lake sediments

October 21:  Michael Fox (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution): Corals as predators: re-evaluating The trophic ecology of reef-building corals using d13C analysis of essential amino acids 

October 28th: Bianca Serda: (UNM, Department of Biology): Plants in Space: Interactions between Fluorescence, Morphology, Lignification, and Carbon Isotopic Composition

November 4th: Erick Cano (UNM, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences): Using triple isotopes to investigate Earth’s mantle

November 11th: Anthony Gargano (UNM, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences): Reconstructing Paleosalinity and the Emergence of Life with Halogen Geochemistry

November 18th: Diana Macias (UNM, Department of Biology): What makes a super producer? Testing for resource use differences in a masting species 

November 25th: Keith Prufer (UNM, Department of Anthropology): Tempo and timing of the adoption of agriculture in the neotropics

December 2nd: Juliano Coletto (Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil): Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) foraging ecology and migration in south-western Atlantic Ocean as revealed by bulk and compound-specific stable isotope analysis



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.