Students will research climate change in the Arctic and East Asia employing organic "biomarkers" as proxies for hydroclimate and temperature in lacustrine, marine and loess archives.
The goal of this research is to understand climate (temperature and precipitation) of the past several hundred thousand years ranging from orbital (hundreds of kyr) to decadal timescales. This research focuses on two sensitive regions: the Arctic and East Asia. We employ organic geochemical “biomarkers” as proxies for hydroclimate and temperature in lacustrine, marine and loess archives.
This project will culminate in a written scientific report that may be submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed scientific journal. It can also culminate in a research poster presentation at a scientific conference.
|Length of commitment||Longer than a semester; 6-9 months|
|Start time||Spring, Summer|
|Level of collaboration||individual student project, likely in collaboration with a graduate student|
|Benefits||Academic Credit, Salary/Stipend, Volunteer|
|Who is eligible||Students with strong communication and organizational skills, interest in geology, chemistry, and climate change, interest in working in a chemistry lab|
Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
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