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CSI Brown Bag Seminar

The CSI Seminar for the Fall 2018 semester will be held every Monday at 12PM in Northrop Hall room 340 (just next to the CSI labs) and will be convened by Prof. Seth Newsome.

September 10th: Jordan Wostbrock (UNM, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences): Decoding past ocean temperatures using marine carbonates

September 17th: Marie Westover (UNM, Department of Biology): Environmental influences on pika (Ochotona princeps) stable isotope signatures through a century of climate change

September 24th: Erick Cano (UNM, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences): Identifying the proto-lunar impactor in the Moon using triple oxygen isotopes

October 1st: Kristin Pearthree (UNM, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences): Carbon and nitrogen isotopes in organic matter from Lake Chalco, Mexico: a long Pleistocene record of environmental change

October 8th: Marilyn Fogel (University of California, Riverside): New ideas about hydrogen isotopes for ecological and physiological studies

October 15th: Julia Tejada (University of Utah): Understanding the peculiar South American mammalian communities and ecosystems through time: the isotopic challenge

October 22nd: Asia Alsgaard (UNM, Department of Anthropology): What animals can tell us about human diet and environmental impact in the Maya Mountains, Belize

October 29th: John Whiteman (UNM, Department of Biology): Molecules in action: carbon incorporation among amino acids in bird flight muscle

November 5th: Jacob Helper (UNM, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences): Triple Oxygen Isotope Analysis of Quartz in the Sandia Mountains

November 12th: Christy Mancuso (UNM, Department of Biology): Your Travel History is Only a Clip Away

November 19th: Paul Koch (University of California, Santa Cruz): TBA

November 26th: Carol Woodland (UNM, Department of Anthropology): Comparative stable isotopic analyses between dental enamel and bone collagen among Central American archaeological samples spanning 8,000 years

December 3rd:  Clayton Meredith (UNM, Department of Anthropology): Ennui on the Mountain: Forager mobility patterns in Southern Belize





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.