[Double] congrats to Melinda Higley, who is the recipient of both the Kirkpatrick Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Geology and the Harriet Wallace Outstanding Woman Graduate Student in Geology Award! I’m a proud advisor.
I talked about Galápagos seabirds and marine productivity (Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, UIUC), tropical Pacific stable water isotopolgues (Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Brown University), and climate change (United Methodist Women Spring Gathering) last month.
Up next: the PAGES open science meeting in Zaragoza, Spain. Can’t wait!
At the top of the list, I am excited to receive $110K from the ACS-PRF-DNI to launch a new research program investigating microbial controls on carbonate precipitation. Thank you!
I recently gave at talk at University of Iowa, and had a great time discussing water isotopes and helping to coax their Picarro back to life.
And, a new paper is out in EPSL on Tibet monsoon precipitation variability during the late Holocene.
New PhD student Allie Wyman has just joined the lab. Welcome Allie!
Also, a warm welcome to our new undergraduate researchers, Vinothan Sivapalan and Helena Igbo.
I am so pleased to announce we’ve received $349.5K of funding from NSF-Geomorphology and Land-Use Dynamics for this awesome new project:
This is collaborative research with Willy Guenthner, UIUC Geology, and Dave Grimley, ISGS.
We are looking for a new PhD student for this project to begin in Fall 2017. If you are interested, send me an email for more details.
Jess gave a plenary talk on internal variability in monsoon precipitation on the Tibetan Plateau at the 24th biennial AMQUA meeting (titled “Retooling the Quaternary to Manage the Anthropocene”) in Santa Fe, NM last week. It was a fantastic conference.
Melinda just returned from a coring expedition to Cara Blanca, Belize. We are collaborating with UIUC Anthropology Professor Lisa Lucero to investigate past landscape and climate variability in the region.
See this UIUC news release for more information!
Two grants have just been funded by NSF to support our work on tropical Pacific climate variability.
“Collaborative Research: P2C2–The Role of El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Nonlinearities and Asymmetries in Modulating Tropical Pacific Climate” in collaboration with Drs. Christina Karamperidou and Fei-Fei Jin at University of Hawaii ($133K to Conroy)
“A Terrestrial Perspective of Last Millennium Hydroclimate Variability in the Central Tropical Pacific” ($367.5K to Conroy)
Thank you NSF!
It’s been a productive and busy April here in the Conroy lab. Nick, Andy, and Alie presented their Master’s research to the department as well as at the North-Central regional GSA meeting. Melinda also kept busy, chairing the paleolimnology session at GSA, which drew a nice crowd. I also had a nice visit to the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI, where I presented my recent water isotope research.
This labor of love–“Paired stable isotopologues in precipitation and vapor: A case study of the amount effect within western tropical Pacific storms“–was just published!
Co-author Jessica Moerman and I celebrating at the end of our Manus, Papua New Guinea trip in 2013. Instrument tubing makes for great straws!