Conferences, workshops and lectures

2017

November 2017: Principles and Practice of Stable Isotope Geochemistry in Earth and Environmental Geosciences

British Geological Survey, Keyworth

Short course aim: The aim of this short course is to allow non-experts to gain an understanding of the use of stable isotopes in Earth and environmental geosciences, through lectures, workshops and hands-on lab work. Speakers will cover a wide variety of topics, including the use of stable isotopes in palaeoclimatology, pollution tracing, geology, climatology and other major science areas. Attendees will also gain a good understanding of the general principles of isotope geochemistry including notation and standardization. Laboratory practical’s will allow participants to gain experience and knowledge of mass spectrometry and how isotope data is acquired. These will be tailored to delegate's own areas of interest after acquisition of the basics of stable isotope geochemistry.

Course presenters: Prof Melanie Leng, Prof Adrian Boyce, Dr Angela Lamb, Dr Jason Newton, Dr Andrew Smith

To register interest in attending please contact: Angela Lamb (note the course maximum is 30 participants, and a minimum of 6 is required for the course to run).

October 2017: The following abstracts (including SIF staff) were presented at the ISOcycles conference in Switzerland 15–20th of October 2017

  • Olsson–Francis, K, Bennett, S, Lamb, A L, and Smith, A C. Fractionation of inorganic phosphate oxygen isotopes during mineral dissolution by microbially produced organic and inorganic acids. ISOcycles 2017.
  • Smith, A C, Wynn, P M, and Surridge, B W J. Extracting the PO4–δ18O record from carbonate speleothems – methods development and potential applications. ISOcycles 2017.

July 2017: Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry User Group (SIMSUG 2017) meeting 5th–7th July 2017 at the British Geological Survey in Nottingham Meeting

Aims: SIMSUG 2017 aims to be a stable isotope user group meeting that provides a dynamic forum for discussing state of the art approaches, methodologies and new applications in stable isotope research (geology, palaeoclimate, ecology and archaeology etc) and mass spectrometry. Presenters: All welcome to submit abstracts for talks or posters. We welcome contributions from early career researchers, including PhD students. Keynote lectures will be interspersed throughout the presentations. Registration: Please register your interest with Carol Arrowsmith (caar@bgs.as.uk).

May 2017: The following abstracts (including SIF staff) were presented at the 5th PAGES Open Science Meeting held in Zaragoza from 9–13 May 2017

  • Alsos I G, Sjögren , P, Gielly, L, Paus, A, Edwards, M E, Leng, M, Forwick, M, Merkel, M K F, Langdon, C T, Bakke, J, Alm, T, and Brown, T G. The LGM ice–free Andøya island – did local favourable condition combined with distinct long–distance dispersal routes cause non–analogue vegetation. PAGES 2017, Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017.
  • Barr, C, Tibby, J, Leng, M, Henderson, A, Overpeck, J, Cole, J, Phipps, S, Tyler, J, Marshall, J, McGregor, G, and Hua, Q. A 7500 year history of El Niño–Southern Oscillation variability derived from a quantitative Australian precipitation record. PAGES 2017, Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017.
  • Engels, S, Briddon, C, Chenery, S, Gowing, C J B, Leng, M J, McGowan, S, Mills, K, Mushrifah, I, Panizzo, V N, Shafiq, M, Vane, C, and Yang, H. Ecosystem responses to anthropogenic changes in a tropical flood pulse wetland, Tasik Chini (Malaysia). PAGES 2017, Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017.
  • Felder, S, Henderson, A C G, Leng, M J, and Wagner, T. The mid–Pleistocene transition in a marginal sea: A high resolution, multi–proxy study in the southern Sea of Japan (IODP Exp. 346, Site U1427). PAGES 2017, Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017.
  • Lem, R, Marshall, J, Leng, M, and Marret, F. Diatom oxygen isotope insights into hydrological changes in Lake Baikal during the last glacial. PAGES 2017, Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017.
  • Schaebitz, F, Asrat, A, Lamb, H F, Trauth, M H, Foerster, V, Günter, C, Viehberg, F, Roberts, H M, Chapot, M S, Leng, M J, Dean, J, R, and Deino, A. The Chew Bahir record: half a million years of environmental history from southern Ethiopia. PAGES 2017, Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017.
  • Stone, A, and Smith, A C. Origin and Fate of nitrate in the unsaturated zone of the Stampriet Basin. PAGES 2017, Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017.
  • Swann, G, Mackay, A, Leng, M, Panizzo, V, Snelling, A, Sloane, H, and Vologina, E. Palaeoceanographic productivity changes in the Eastern Equatorial Atlantic since the penultimate glaciation. PAGES 2017, Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017.
  • Tibby, J, Barr, C, Arnold, L, Gadd, P, Henderson, A, Leng, M, McInerney, F, Nielsen, K, Marshall, J, and McGregor, G. An environmental record through Marine Isotope Stage 3 from North Stradbroke Island, sub–tropical Australia. PAGES 2017, Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017.
  • Worne, S, Kender, S, Swann, G, Stroynowski, Z, Leng, M, and Ravelo, C. Investigating sea ice, productivity and nutrient utilisation in the Bering Sea over the Mid–Pleistocene Transition (0–1.2 Ma). PAGES 2017, Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017.

April 2017: The following abstracts were presented at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, Austria.

  • Deeprose, L, Wynn, P, Barker, P, Leng, M, Noble, S, and Sahy, D. Reconstructing Past Climate Using Speleothems from Cueva de las Perlas, Northern Spain.
  • Foerster, V E, Asrat, A, Chapot, M S, Cohen, A S, Dean, J R, Deino, A, Günter, C, Junginger, A, Lamb, H F, Leng, M J, Roberts, H M, Schaebitz, F, and Trauth, M H. Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: A 500,000-year climate record from Chew Bahir, a key site in southern Ethiopia.
  • Foerster, V E, Asrat, A, Chapot, M S, Cohen, A S, Dean, J R, Deino, A, Günter, C, Junginger, A, Lamb, H F, Leng, M J, Roberts, H M, Schaebitz, F, and Trauth, M H. The Chew Bahir Drilling Project (HSPDP). Deciphering climate information from the Chew Bahir sediment cores: Towards a continuous half–million year climate record near the Omo – Turkana key palaeonanthropological site.
  • Johnson, A, Valentine, A, Leng, M, Sloane, H, Schöne, B, and Surge, D. The use of seasonally resolved temperature data to identify the cause of marine climate change.
  • Johnson, A, Valentine, A, Leng, M, Sloane, H, Schöne, B, and Surge, D. Anti–predation strategy, growth rate and extinction amongst Pliocene scallops of the US eastern seaboard.
  • Lacey, J, Leng, M, Francke, A, Vogel, H, Zanchetta, G, and Wagner, B. The SCOPSCO Deep Drilling Project: a 1.3 million–year palaeoenvironmental reconstruction from Lake Ohrid using stable isotopes.
  • Lem, R, Marshall, J, Leng, M, and Marret, F. Palaeoceanographic productivity changes in the Eastern Equatorial Atlantic since the penultimate glaciation.
  • Leng, M, Dean, J, Asrat, A, Chapot, M, Cohen, A, Deino, A, Foerster, V, Lamb, H, Roberts, H, Schäbitz, F, Trauth, M, and Viehberg, F. A palaeoclimate investigation of the lacustrine sediments from Chew Bahir in Ethiopia spanning multiple glacial–interglacial cycles.
  • Nolan, L, Leng, M J, Angiolini, L, Davies, S J, Jadoul, F, Banks, V J, and Stephenson, M H. Investigating the effects of diagenesis on the environmental signals within species of Gigantoproductus.
  • Smith, A, Wynn, P, Barker, P, Leng, M, Noble, S, and Tych, W. Late Holocene climate and environmental change from Asiul cave speleothems: interpretations in light of modern cave monitoring.
  • Viehberg, F, Just, J, Dean, J, Asrat, A, Claussen, M, Franz, S, Klasen, N, Kleinen, T, Lamb, H, Leng, M J, Ludwig, P, Milodowski, A, Rethemeyer, J, Schäbitz, F, and Wagner, B. Proxy evidence from Chew Bahir (Ethiopia) that environmental change promoted human dispersal out of Northeast Africa.
  • Wilson, G, Frogley, M, Jones, T, Leng, M, and Hughes, P. Regional hydroclimate changes in Southern Europe during the inception and termination of the penultimate glacial (MIS 6).

2016

November 2016: Principles and Practice of Stable Isotope Geochemistry in Earth and Environmental Geosciences

2nd & 3rd November 2016, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre in Glasgow.

Short course aim: The aim of this short course is to allow non-experts to gain an understanding of the use of stable isotopes in Earth and environmental geosciences, through lectures, workshops and hands-on lab work. Speakers will cover a wide variety of topics, including the use of stable isotopes in palaeoclimatology, pollution tracing, geology, climatology and other major science areas. Attendees will also gain a good understanding of the general principles of isotope geochemistry including notation and standardization. Laboratory practical’s will allow participants to gain experience and knowledge of mass spectrometry and how isotope data is acquired. These will be tailored to delegate’s own areas of interest after acquisition of the basics of stable isotope geochemistry.

Course presenters: Prof Adrian Boyce, Dr Angela Lamb, Prof Melanie Leng, Dr Jason Newton, Dr Andrew Smith

To register interest in attending please contact: Theresa Mankelow (BGS Training) and Adrian Boyce (note the course maximum is 30 participants, and a minimum of 6 is required for the course to run).

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September 2016: International Geological Congress

The following papers including SIF staff were presented at the International Geological Congress help between 27th August and 4th September 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Bogus, K A B, Fox, L R, Kender, S, Leng, M, and the Exp. 354 science party. Stable isotopes from planktonic and benthic foraminifera: preliminary results from IODP Expedition 354 (Bengal Fan). International Geological Congress, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Kender, S, Ravelo, A C, Hall, I R, Leng, M J, Becker, J, Worne, S, Aiello, I W, Asahi, H, and Andreasen, D. Oceanographic and climate changes during the Mid Pleistocene uncovered from Bering Sea and Pacific Ocean sediment cores. International Geological Congress, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa.

September 2016: International Conference in Palaeoceanography

The following papers including SIF staff were presented at the International Conference in Palaeoceanography help between 27th August and 4th September 2016 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

  • Dunkley Jones, T, Manners, H R, Westerhold, T, Kirtland Turner, S, Leng, M J, Pancost, R D, Jardine, P E, Sutton, P A, Ridgwell, A, Hoggett, M, Alegret, L, Domingo, L, Taylor, K, Hart, M B, Grimes, S T. Temporal coupling of terrestrial detrital flux and the Carbon Isotope Excursion through the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (P–023). International Conference in Palaeoceanography, August 2016, Urecht, Netherlands.
  • Lem, R, Marret, F, Marshall, J, Leng, M. Is there a similarity between the last two glacial terminations? Insights from Western Equatorial Africa (P–025). International Conference in Palaeoceanography, August 2016, Urecht, Netherlands.
  • Barnet, J, Littler, K, Kroon, D, Leng, M, Röhl, U, Westerhold, T, Zachos, J. Climate change and carbon–cycling during the latest Cretaceous–Early Paleogene; towards a new reference, orbital–resolution stable isotope record from the South Atlantic (P–305). International Conference in Palaeoceanography, August 2016, Urecht, Netherlands.
  • Bhatia, R, Wade, B, Hilding–Kronforst, S, Spratt, J, Leng, M, Thornalley, D. Detecting foraminiferal photosymbionts in the fossil record: a combined micropalaeontological and geochemical approach (P–077). International Conference in Palaeoceanography, August 2016, Urecht, Netherlands.
  • Dejardin, R, Allen, C, Kender, S, Leng, M, Peck, V, Swann, G. A multiproxy palaeoceanographic record of the deglacial and Holocene from the Subantarctic island of South Georgia (P–118). International Conference in Palaeoceanography, August 2016, Urecht, Netherlands.
  • Mikis, A, Edgar, K, Schmidt, D, Peeters, F, Ducklow, H, Peck, V, Meredith, M, Hendry, K, Leng, M, Pike, J. The impact of seasonal variability on Neogloboquadrina pachyderma morphology and stable isotope values in sediment traps along the West Antarctic Peninsula (P–198). International Conference in Palaeoceanography, August 2016, Urecht, Netherlands.
  • Detlef, H, Sosdian, S, Hall, I R, Lear, C H, Kender, S, Leng, M J, Belt, S T. Mid–Pleistocene oceanography in the Bering Sea – Insights from deep ocean temperature, continental ice volume, and sea ice records (P–467). International Conference in Palaeoceanography, August 2016, Urecht, Netherlands.
  • Felder, S, Henderson, A C G, Wagner, T, Leng, M J. A multi–proxy reconstruction of shallow water palaeo–oceanography from the southern Sea of Japan over the Mid–Pleistocene Transition (Site U1427, IODP Exp. 346) (P–476). International Conference in Palaeoceanography, August 2016, Urecht, Netherlands.
  • Pike, J, Swann, G, Leng, M, Snelling, A. A Holocene record of giant iceberg calving from the Amery Ice Shelf, Prydz Bay (P–545). International Conference in Palaeoceanography, August 2016, Urecht, Netherlands.
  • Worne, S, Kender, S, Swann, G, Stroynowski, Z, Leng, M. Investigating sea ice, productivity and intermediate water evolution in the Bering Sea over the Mid–Pleistocene Transition (0–1.2 Ma) (P–592). International Conference in Palaeoceanography, August 2016, Urecht, Netherlands.

September 2016: 21st QRA Postgraduate Symposium 2016

Staff and students at University of Nottingham and the British Geological Survey have organised the 21st QRA Postgraduate Symposium 2016 to be held at the University of Nottingham between 14/09/16 – 16/09/16. #QRAPG16 is a fantastic opportunity for postgraduates to present their work on any aspect of the Quaternary in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and meet other researchers interested in Quaternary science.

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July 2016: A workshop on stable isotopes in fossils and organic compounds from lake sediment records

28th & 29th of July 2016 at the University of Southampton, UK

Background: Stable isotopes (with a focus on the lighter elements H, C, N, O, and S) can be measured on sedimentary remains of plants and animals. The beauty of this is that taxon-specific (identified) remains and individual compounds can be measured rather than bulk sediments. We currently witness a step-change in understanding stable isotope signals in sedimentary records, as it has become possible to link stable isotope values of remains and compounds to explicit provenances. For example, it allows the study of carbon cycling in well-defined ecosystem components over time; it provides insights in food web structure by analysing remains of organisms at different trophic levels in the food web and how they respond to each other and external drivers; it allows the study of palaeohydrology/palaeoclimatology using organisms that live in known habitats, thus identifying signal and reducing noise compared with bulk sediment palaeoenvironmental stable isotope records. Apart from highlighting potential new directions in stable isotope studies, this workshop will also address issues concerning analytical precision and reproducibility and the need for modern datasets to calibrate downcore studies.

Workshop aims: The aim of this workshop is to clearly formulate the research areas where stable isotope techniques can make most impact. To do so the workshop will bring together those colleagues (both senior and early career scientists) that have been pushing the boundaries of stable isotope methodologies and applications over the past years and (1) provide a state-of-the-art overview of latest developments in the field, (2) identify key issues for this emerging field and a way to address these in the next years, and (3) stimulate knowledge exchange, reaching out especially towards early career scientists and scientists from developing countries. Workshop output will be a review article on this topic in the Journal of Paleolimnology that could be part of a special issue if enough interest exists.

Keynote speakers: Prof. Oliver Heiri (University of Bern, Switzerland), Prof. Melanie Leng (British Geological Survey, Keyworth, UK), Dr. Jessica Whiteside (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK), Prof. Mat Wooller (Alaska Stable Isotope Facility, University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Registration and information: There is no registration fee, but please register on the workshop website. The deadline for abstract submission (300 words) is Friday 24th of June 2016. More information on grant availability for early career researchers and scientists from developing countries will be available on the website around 15th of June.

June 2016: Isotope Investigators Summer School

Isotope Investigators Summer School

Come and be a part of our Isotope Investigators Summer School at The University of Nottingham and the NERC Isotope Geoscience Facility. The Department of Archaeology and CEG are teaming up to offer ten fully-funded places on a week-long training course in isotope analysis. We are investing in the brightest young scholars who want to learn isotope methods and the full interpretative potential of these scientific techniques.

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April 2016: The European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria


The European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria

The following abstracts, which include Stable Isotope Facility staff, will be presented at the EGU Assembly:

February 2016: Dr Angela Lamb to be a Featured Researcher for the RCUK: Association for Science Education event

My Research Story

During the Association for Science Education's Research Focus week (beginning 29 February 2016) Dr Angela Lamb's career will be profiled on the ASE's webpage. This Focus week is designed to complement the RCUK funded series 'Research focused teaching resources to inspire students in STEM Careers' and is aimed at young people aged 14–16+ interested in a career in STEM subjects.

January 2016: The Quaternary Research Association Annual Discussion Meeting, Royal Holloway University of London

The following abstracts, which include Stable isotope facility staff, were presented at the annual discussion group meeting:

  • Deeprose, L, Wynn, P, Barker, P, Leng, M J. Capturing climate during the Neanderthal demise.
  • Mackay, A, Seddon, A, Leng, M J, Morley, D, Rioual, P, Swann, G. Isotopic evidence for abrupt cool events in central Asia during the Holocene and Last Interglacial.
  • McClymont, E L, Sanchez Montes, M L, Elmore, A C, Müller, J, Kender, S, Greaves, M, Leng, M J, Elderfield, H. Evolution of Sea surface and Intermediate Water Temperatures through the Pleistocene: Implications for the Mid-Pleistocene Transition.
  • Nichols, M, Kender, S, Woods, M, Zalasiewicz, J, Leng, M J. Inferring the Holocene of the Central Irish Sea Thermocline using stable isotope proxy data from benthic foraminifera.
  • Smith, A C, Wynn, P M, Barker, P A, Leng, M J, Noble, S R, Tych, W. North Atlantic forcing of moisture delivery to Europe throughout the Holocene.
  • Wilson, G P, Frogley, M R, Jones, T, Leng, M J. Assessing the persistence of millennial–scale oscillations during the penultimate glacial phase in Southern Europe – some preliminary results.