Monday, July 25, 2016
Barbara Ulrich, a master's student in the lab, is a woman of many talents and interests. The folks at the Grizzly Beat Podcast decided to interview her on a multitude of topics, including her work in the Paleoecology Lab! Way to go, Bar!
Lab scientist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, Dr. Dave McWethy has been back from Chile for almost a month. He was doing research as part of a Fulbright Scholarship. We're happy to have him back. Below is a video of Dr. McWethy being interviewed about his research in Chile. Dr. McWethy comes on at about 1:20.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Masters student, Bar Ulrich is shown here collecting bison dung near Yellowstone National Park. Bar's thesis work centers around a dung fungus called, "Sporormiella". Sporormiella is found in some lake sediment cores, and researchers attribute it to the presence of ungulates on the landscape. The spore has been used as evidence of prehistoric megafauna in watersheds. Along with other research questions, Bar is trying to understand the relationship between the modern presence of ungulates on the landscape and the deposition of Sporormiella.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016
Observation through a new set of eyes is often a valued and unique experience. We asked Chris Schiller, the newest member of the lab to jot down a few words about his first few weeks here at the MSU Paleoecology Lab.
"I really ought to thank the folks in the lab since, while transitioning into Bozeman and MSU has had its complications, the lab has been more welcoming than I could have hoped for. Certainly 710 isn't at all like the foram and stream ecology labs I came from in South Dakota --some of the equipment could be used for making shoes, for all I know--, so at this point I hope to live up to the expectations in a lab that appears so well-organized, well-run, and staffed with great people.Thank you James, Cathy, and everyone else for setting me up with a place to work and getting me on the on the ground running!" -Chris Schiller
Many of you out there may remember your first impression of the lab. Feel free to share your memories in the comments area below.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The MSU Paleoecology Lab welcomes a new masters student, Chris Schiller. He obtained a B.S. in Geology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He'll be working on the Yellowstone Lake Project. Welcome Chris!
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
Learning new pollen types is a fun, but arduous process. The MSU Paleoecology Lab recently acquired a new tool that will make it much easier for palynologists to learn. The dual scope allows two people to view the same slide. A neat feature is the "pointer" giving one person the ability to point to specific objects on the slide.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Paleoecology Lab Director, Dr. Cathy Whitlock and Ph.D student Buzz Nanavati hit the skies this last week for the southern hemisphere. They are traveling to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina for a conference titled "Modeling past and present vegetation dynamics in Patagonia forest-steppe". Those gathered are from the fields of ecosystem modeling, paleoecology, and archaeology. Buzz has shared some beautiful photos of the area.
After the conference, Buzz and Dr. Whitlock will embark on a field excursion to retrieve lake sediment cores for Buzz's Ph.D dissertation. Check back for more notes from the field!
|The region around Bariloche.|
|The view from Buzz's room in Bariloche!|