This summer we are thrilled to be hosting high school student Kevin Zhou (2nd from right in the image) in the lab as part of the STARS program. Kevin’s been working with Dr. Jen Houghton to characterize grain-specific isotopic (d34S) values in sedimentary pyrites from methane seeps in the Santa Monica basin.
Just announced that this year’s annual Midwest Geobiology Symposium will be held on Sept 20-22, 2019 back at Washington University, where we launched the meeting in 2012. Stay tuned for updates and check out: Midwest Geobiology 2019
A warm welcome to Jake Ogata Bernstein, a recent graduate from Haverford College, who is beginning his graduate work in the lab.
Jocelyn (Joss) Richardson successfully defended her PhD today!! After 5 years in the lab, mastering carbonate-associated sulfate and all things synchrotron, she is now off to a postdoc working at the beam lines at SSRL. She will be sorely missed. Congrats, Joss!
Roger Bryant successfully defended his PhD today!! After 5 years in the lab, learning all aspects of pyrite, he’s off to a postdoc with Clara Blättler at the University of Chicago. He will be sorely missed. Congrats, Roger!
Kärt, a PhD student at the Norwegian Geological Survey/UiT The Arctic University of Norway successfully defends her doctoral thesis. Kärt worked closely with Aivo Lepland and her thesis contributed to an improved understanding of Paleoproterozoic Earth history and the relative role of global vs. local controls on stratigraphic isotopic records. Congrats, Kârt!
Just back from a successful trip to Chicago for the 7th annual Midwest Geobiology Symposium at Northwestern University. 13 people from WashU attended, including representatives from Fike, Bradley, Konecky, and Catalano labs, presenting posters and fantastic talks by Jocelyn Richardson, Roger Bryant, and Scott Beeler.
Looking forward to 2019 when MWGB returns to its origins at WashU!
It is unfortunately time to say goodbye to our postdoctoral fellow Morgan Reed, who has began her job as an Assistant Professor at UC Santa Barbara. We wish her all the luck in her new position! [And hope she comes back to visit often!
Dr. Morgan Reed (UC Santa Barbara), Fike, and co-authors publish results (Raven et al. 2018, Nature Communications) highlighting the potential role of organic matter preservation in contributing to the increased organic matter burial preserved during the Cretaceous OAE 2.
This fall we have a graduate student joining the lab: Seth Wood, a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.