Stable isotopes in fossils and organic compounds from lake sediment records

28th & 29th of July 2016 at the University of Southampton / National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK



Welcome to the participants of the workshop! I’m very much looking forward to seeing you all in Southampton soon. For further information about accomodation in and travel to Southampton, please click this link. The registration for the workshop is now closed, but if you have any enquiries, please email the workshop organiser, Dr. Maarten van Hardenbroek.


Keynote speakers

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



The location of the workshop is in Geography & Environment,  building 44, room 1087, apart from Friday afternoon, when we are at the National Oceanography Centre in room 104/13. A pdf of the programme and abstract book can be downloaded here. Keynote presentations are 30 min + 10 min discussion, regular presentations are 15 min + 5 min discussion.

Thursday 28th July

10:30 Arrival with Tea/Coffee
11:00 Maarten van Hardenbroek Welcome
11:10 Melanie Leng Isotopes in diatom silica: the state-of-play
11:50 Ginnie Panizzo The use of silicon isotopes as a means to understand lake biogeochmenical cycling: a case study from Lake Baikal
12:10 Arindam Chakraborty and Amit K. Ghosh Climate from the diatoms: A short review
12:30 Andy Henderson A bulk and molecular carbon isotope approach to quantifying tropical rainfall
12:50 Lunch break & Poster spotlight
14:00 Mat Wooller Stable oxygen isotopes of biogenic materials from sediments: Some review and some brand-new
14:40 Everett Lasher Holocene Climate in Northwest Greenland Recorded in Oxygen Isotopes of Lacustrine Organic Materials
15:00 Kadri Sohar Stable isotopic evidence for the Late Glacial hydroclimatic environment from eastern Baltic
15:20 Maren Pauly Towards a new dual-isotope (δ18O, δ13C) tree ring chronology of the Late Glacial
15:40 Coffee/Tea & Posters
16:00 Jessica Whiteside The cyclicity of cycling: the biogeochemistry of methane in large Eocene lakes
16:40 Stefan Engels Hydrogen-isotope ratio measurements (delta Deuterium) on lipid biomarkers as a palaeohydrological tool: the Holocene record of Lake Uddelermeer, The Netherlands
17:00 Jens Holtvoeth Compound-specific hydrogen and carbon isotope signatures of modern organic matter sources and sediments in the Ohrid Basin – potential and pitfalls
17:30 Drinks reception
19:00 Dinner at Brewhouse and Kitchen

Friday 29th of July

10:00 Oliver Heiri Invertebrate δ13C as a proxy for reconstructing past carbon cycling in lakes? Lessons from the RECONMET project
10:40 Kim Davies Stable carbon isotope signatures of taxon-specific chironomid remains in modern thermokarst lakes: what can they tell us about methane?
11:00 Jos Schilder Seasonal patterns in the stable carbon isotopic composition of Daphnia and their ephippia: How do they translate to the fossil record?
11:20 Coffee/Tea & Posters
11:40 Maarten van Hardenbroek Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes of aquatic invertebrates and their remains in lake sediments: implications for food web studies
12:00 Clive Trueman Modelling spatial and temporal variance in stable isotopes across ecosystems
12:20 Maarten van Hardenbroek Making inventory for review paper and special issue. Plans for afternoon and breakout groups
12:45 Lunch-to-go and travel to NOC by car/bus
14:30 Sargent Bray Tour of new SEAPORT organic geochemistry lab
15:00 Start breakout groups
16:00 Report back & outline for review / special issue
16:30 Maarten van Hardenbroek Closure


Claudia Magali Chávez Lara: Ecosystem dynamics in the El Potosi Basin (Chihuahua Desert) over the last 20,000 years.

Nadine Dräger: Determining the controls on δ13C of sedimentary organic matter in the partially varved sediment record of Lake Tiefer See (NE Germany) – an integration of sediment cores and monitoring data.


Workshop aims

The aim of this workshop is to (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. A more tangible workshop product 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. We will work on the review and possibly an outline for the special issue during a working session with breakout groups on Friday afternoon.



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