Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ClumpLab (A clumped isotope laboratory for the Netherlands)
Reporting period: 2015-04-01 to 2017-03-31
Existing infrastructure has been adapted for clumped isotope geochemistry. All lab procedures follow the method that has been previously developed at the ETH Zürich. After successful tests with standard measurements, first research projects have been started that are still ongoing. First publications of results will be expected in the next year.
- deep sea temperatures of the Sea of Japan have been reconstructed to gain better insights into the circulation changes in this marginal basin during the Quaternary
- Eocene corals from South Australia have been investigated for their potential for clumped isotope geochemistry
- soil carbonate nodules from the Bighorn Basin in North America across the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum event have been analysed for clumped isotopes to reconstruct continental temperatures during this extreme greenhouse gas event
- planktic foraminifera of Pliocene age have been analysed for clumped isotopes from various IODP sediment cores in order to reconstruct sea surface temperatures during this period of increased greenhouse gas concentrations
Further research activities in this new clumped isotope facility are ensured through successful acquisition of research funds during the Marie Curie project. This research money (in total 1.3 million Euro) will fund a PhD position, a postdoc position and the position of an Assistant Professor (50%). In addition funds will allow further investment in the infrastructure of the new clumped isotope laboratory and will allow the purchase of an additional gas isotope ratio mass spectrometer that is specifically configured for the measurement of small samples.
Teaching activities of the Marie-Curie fellow have been also a part of the project and in particular the incorporation of clumped isotope geochemistry into the curriculum in the Earth Science Department of Utrecht University. More than 10 BSc and MSc projects have been supervised by the Marie-Curie fellow. The fellow was also awarded a Basic Teaching Qualification Certificate and a teaching award of the faculty. These teaching related activities strengthened the position of the Marie Curie fellow and brought in the course of the project in a permanent position at Utrecht University.