Chemistry and Materials Science Seminar: Moving the (Changing) Arctic Biological Carbon Pump with Radioisotopes

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Chemistry and Materials Science Seminar
Moving the (Changing) Arctic Biological Carbon Pump with Radioisotopes

Dr. Erin Black
Assistant Professor
University of Rochester

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This seminar may be attended in person in 2300 Gosnell Hall or online via Zoom.


Radioisotopes are important geochemical tools that provide ‘rates’ and ‘dates’ for earth processes and human perturbations alike. Decay Chains of U and Th isotopes, specifically, provide natural clocks with which we can constrain modern terrestrial and marine processes. Under the international GEOTRACES program, the simultaneous measurement of numerous radioisotopes has allowed for a unique and unprecedented assessment of carbon cycling across the world’s basins. While this seminar will touch on some insights from the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean campaigns, the primary focus will be the state of our knowledge of carbon cycling in the complex and changing Arctic Ocean. In particular, we examine natural radioisotope systems that can be used to track shifts in the efficient and strength of the biological carbon pump in the Western Arctic Ocean.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Erin Black attended Skidmore College as an undergrad obtaining her B.A. in Geology. She continued her studies at Dartmouth College earning her M.S. in Earth Sciences. Dr. Black joined the MIT-WHOI (Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Joint Program where she was awarded her Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Erin Black is currently Assistant Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences, at University of Rochester.

Intended Audience:
Undergraduates, graduates, experts. Those with interest in the topic.

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When and Where
November 01, 2022
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Room/Location: 2300

Open to the Public

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