SWES-MEL

(Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences-Microbial Ecology Laboratory)

Summer Update: Stable Isotope Ecology

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Some may think that summers for grad students are all about fieldwork. This is TRUE! Mostly. It’s also about taking fantastic intensive summer training courses. In June I spent 2 weeks in Salt Lake City, Utah learning about the many ways stable isotopes can be used in ecology and biogeochemistry. It was a fantastic course in which I learned as much as could be packed into my little brain, met many impressive researchers, and made friends with a diverse and wonderful group of graduate students. In short, this course is highly recommended to anybody interested in stable isotopes, and/or biogeochemistry. In long, see below for a course description and list of lectures. Please feel free to ask me if you want to learn more about any of these topics or hear about the fantastic lab sections! Or visit the course website: http://stableisotopes.utah.edu/isocamp.html

~Moira

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From the course website:

“The concept is to bring students and researchers together from around the world, teaching them about stable isotopes in biogeochemistry and ecology and developing careers in this next generation through lectures, training sessions, and laboratory experiences. IsoCamp facilitates the development of long-lasting friendships and future collaborations.”

Lectures

Thure Cerling Utah Terminology, fractionation, analytical measurement approaches

Todd Dawson Berkeley Isotopes and meteoric, source, and plant waters

Craig Cook Wyoming Intro to IRMS instruments

Ehleringer Utah Plant carbon and related processes in terrestrial ecosystems

Eve-Lyn Hinckley NEON NEON and stable isotopes

Steve Leavitt Arizona Carbon isotopes and the long-term climate record in tree rings

John Roden S Oregon U Leaf water, oxygen isotopes, and the long-term climate record in tree rings

Renee Brooks EPA QA/QC and data analysis

Jed Sparks Cornell Nitrogen transformations within plants and in ecosystems

Seth Newsome New Mexico Body water and animal physiology as integrators of geography and diet

Thure Cerling Utah Reconstructing Diet and Tissue Turnover in Animals

Carly Strasser California Digital Library Data management

Howie Spero UC Davis Biogeochemistry of the Oceans

Brian Popp Hawaii Biology of Oceans

Rebecca Powell Denver Remote sensing

Dave Bowling Utah Carbon Dioxide and the Carbon Cycle

HJ Jost Thermo Fisher Scientific IRIS CO2

Jim Ehleringer Utah Forensics: geospatial applications

Dave Williams Wyoming Biosphere-atmosphere coupling of the water cycle

Elise Pendall Wyoming Soil Biogeochemistry and Stable Isotopes

John Hayes Woods Hole Oceanographic Instrumentation for isotope analysis

Thure Cerling Utah Soils and Carbonates

Hagit Affek Yale D47 analysis

Lesley Chesson Utah Stable isotopes and Food

Kate Freeman Penn State Biomarkers and Environmental Reconstruction

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