We study plant response to environmental change - on seasonal to million-year timescales - using modern and fossil substrates.
(past 12 months)
- Our invited review paper on atmospheric CO2 during the Eocene was accepted for publication in Global and Planetary Change.
- Bill Lukens presented his research (with co-author Peace Eze, B.S. Geology 2018) at the 2018 Goldschmidt conference in Boston, MA. This and our other lab abstracts can be found here.
- New paper, "Plant growth chamber design for subambient pCO2 and δ13C studies" has been published in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. See Publications page for more.
- We welcome Dr. Bill Lukens to the lab! Bill received his Ph.D. in Geology from Baylor University.
- Jamie Vornlocher presented her thesis research at the Graduate Student Research and Project Showcase.
- 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.
- Congratulations to Collin Moore (M.S.), Rose Telus (M.S.), and Peace Eze (B.S.) on their graduations!
- We presented our recent work at the AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Links to our abstracts can be found here.
- Peace Eze presented her research at the Annual Honors Undergraduate Research Conference (abstract) (photo).
- Peace Eze has been awarded the Fall 2017 Outstanding Graduate from the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences! Congratulations, Peace!
- Brian presented the lab's work at the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT Austin as part of the DeFord Lecture Series and Paleontology Seminar.
- Rose Telus successfully defended her thesis work, "Identification of heavy rainfall events using high-resolution carbon isotope measurements across tree rings."
- A press release of our recent paper on early Paleogene CO2 levels is available here.
- Brian will be presenting two talks at the AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA. These and our other lab abstracts can be found here.
- Our latest work (with postdoc Ying Cui, now at Dartmouth College) to reconstruct atmospheric CO2 levels across past global warming events was published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
- Rose Telus' abstract was accepted for an oral presentation at the GSA meeting in Seattle! Her abstract can be found on the lab Abstracts page.
- Congratulations to Taylor, Steve, Umatu, and Leslie for all graduating with their M.S. degrees this summer!
- Collin Moore successfully defended his thesis on fossil wood from far northeastern Siberia.
- Could Jurassic Park actually happen? Research on microbes trapped in salt may provide clues (article here).
- Steve Nevitt successfully defended his thesis on vegetation changes in southwestern Louisiana.
- Leslie Valentine successfully defended her thesis studying hydrologic effects on forest growth in the Atchafalaya Basin. Leslie starts her PhD in Geology and Geophysics at LSU this fall.
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