PAGES Open Science Meeting

Melinda and I presented our research in Zaragoza, Spain this May at the PAGES Open Science Meeting. It was a great, rejuvenating conference, full of fantastic science. Melinda was also selected to attend the Young Scientist’s Meeting in Morillo de Tou. I stuck around afterward to attend the Iso2k meeting.

Left: Enjoying Pilar Square in Zaragoza. Right: Melinda (far right) addressing the Open Science Meeting.

Conroy Lab rocks!

[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.

March 2017 talks

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!

Fall 2016 Happenings

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 NSF Funding for loess research!

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:

Chronologies and mechanisms of last glacial loess deposition in the Central Lowlands of North America” 

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.

AMQUA in Santa Fe

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.

New NSF Funding!

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!