March expedition


We’re heading out to Lake Baikal at the end of February, to work on the frozen lake (the ice sheet is approximately 1m thick, allowing people to walk and drive across the surface).

This fieldwork expedition will commence on the 29th February – 21st March 2013, and is being led by scientists from the Irkutsk State University and the University of Zurich. We will be based at the NEUTRINO Scientific base, in the southern basin of the lake. Here we will be collecting water samples, as well as drilling through the lake-ice to collect sediment cores from the bottom of the lake.

Not long now….and the weather is looking quite toasty!


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Notts palaeolimnologists meet in China

This summer some of us palaeo researchers; Suzanne McGowan, Ginnie Panizzo, Heather Moorhouse, Mark Stevenson and Sarah Roberts, from University of Nottingham attended the 13th International Palaeolimnology Symposium (IPS) conference held in Lanzhou, China. Ginnie, who is the International Palaeolimnology Association (IPA) Young Scientist Representative, organised the Early Career Researcher Workshop at the start of the conference, which provided a great opportunity for researchers to engage in discussions on writing manuscripts, writing funding applications and applying for academic jobs. At the conference Suzanne gave a keynote talk within the ‘Putting ecology back into Paleoecology’ session, Heather presented her work on the Windermere catchment, and was awarded the best student presentation prize, and both Mark and Sarah gave talks on their work on sediment cores from lakes in Greenland and Lake Baikal.


This was an excellent conference for us all to attend, with many interesting talks and posters in sessions including; lake sediments as recorders of human-environment interaction, new advances in applied stable isotopes, recent advances in biomarkers, and palaeolimnological work from Tibetan, Alpine, high-latitude, Polar and southeast Asian Lakes. We had a great time in China with fellow palaeolimnologists, attending talks throughout the day…and taking part in a bit of karaoke in the evening too!


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