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CSI Brown Bag Seminar

For the 2018 Spring Semester, the CSI Seminar will take place every Monday at 12 PM in Northrop Hall, room 340 and will be organized by Prof. Keith Prufer (Department of Anthropology).

Spring 2018 CSI Seminar Schedule


January 29   Zachary Sharp (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences)Fundamentals of Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry

February 5   Gregor Hamilton (Department of Biology) - Trophic discrimination factors and tissue turnover time in the Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii): a controlled feeding experiment

February 12 Quinten van der Meer (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)-The Earth’s Deep Water Cycle: Insights from Hydrogen and Oxygen Isotopes

February 19 Natasha Philips (Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland): Ontogenetic shifts in ocean sunfish diet?"

February 26 CANCELLED

March 5        John Whiteman (Department of Biology) – Fire and water: nutrient transformation and oxidation in animals

March 12     spring break – no seminar

                        March 19     no seminar

                        March 19     cancelled

March 26     Chris Bayer (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences) – Carbon isotope ratios of organic matter as a climate proxy during the Holocene in the Southwestern US

April 2           Erick Cano (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences) – Differences in the triple oxygen isotope composition between the Earth and Moon

April 4           Special Lecture: Jeff Seminoff (NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service; Southwest Fisheries Science Center): From molecules to management: how stable isotope analysis can inform conservation planning for sea turtles (Note different venue, Castetter Hall, room 107)

April 9           Andreas Pack (Georg-August-University, Gottingen, Germany) – Triple oxygen isotopes as a paleo-CO2 barometer

April 16        Camille Dwyer (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences)The oxygen isotope composition of Cretaceous freshwater and marine bivalves: implications for paleoclimate reconstructions

April 23        Jon Dombrosky (Department of Anthropology) – Instruments of Captivity: Establishing the Relationship between Raptor Management and Whistle/Flute Production in Pueblo IV New Mexico

April 30        Keith Prufer (Department of Anthropology) – New views on early Holocene tropical foragers: diet, transitions, and ecology

May 7            Alexi Besser (Department of Biology) - Developing an Essential Amino Acid d13C Library for Tracing the Importance of Biofilms and Biocrusts in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems






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.