We study plant response to environmental change - on seasonal to million-year timescales - using modern and fossil substrates.
RECENT LAB NEWS
- Congratulations to Alex Reinkemeyer for being a finalist for the UL Lafayette Graduate School 3-Minute Thesis competition! Alex will be returning to compete early in the Spring semester for the final round of competition.
- Two abstracts were accepted for presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. See the Abstracts page for details.
- New paper on carbon isotopes in wood with William Lukens and Peace Eze published in Geology (open access).
- Bill Lukens accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at James Madison University, and will be starting in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science this Fall. Congratulations Bill!
- New paper accepted for ACS Earth and Space Chemistry with MS student Taylor Chapman on using plant waxes to reconstruct CO2 in deep time. See the Publications page for details.
- We have a new paper on Eocene climate and CO2 proxies published in the open access journal, Geoscientific Model Development.
- Nicholas Geyer successfully defended his thesis, "Alternative Methods Analysis for Trace Elements of the Wolfberry Shale." Congratulations Nick!
- We have a new paper published in Integrative Organismal Biology with Biology PhD student Kory Evans on fish stable isotope data in electric fish.
- Robert Narmour successfully defended his thesis, "The Effect of Seasonal and Daily Precipitation on Intra-Ring δ18O Profiles." Congratulations Rob!
- Jamie Vornlocher successfully defended her thesis, "Identification of the East Asian Summer Monsoon during the late Oligocene using High-Resolution Carbon Isotope Analysis of Fossil and Modern Wood." Congratulations Jamie!
- A new paper titled, "Mercury anomalies across the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum," has been published in Climate of the Past. See the Publications page for details.
- Jamie Vornlocher, Bill Lukens, and Brian Schubert presented their recent work at the AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, DC. Links to our abstracts can be found here.
- We had TWO Grand Prize winners at the 18th Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette! Jamie Vornlocher won for her poster titled, "An assessment of monsoon variability under elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels," and Robert Narmour won for his talk titled, "Extreme precipitation events recorded in the oxygen isotope composition of tree-ring cellulose." Congratulations to both students!
- Our work to determine the source and magnitude of atmospheric CO2 change across Paleogene global warming events was published as an invited research article in Global and Planetary Change. See the Publications page for more information.
- Our new review paper on interpreting carbon isotope records has been published in Earth-Science Reviews (open access!). A link to the paper can be found on the Publications page.