High - Resolution Proxies of Paleoclimate

University of Wisconsin-Madison,

June 18-21, 2017


SIMS and laser techniques provide a new level of climate resolution through analysis of isotope ratio and trace element compositions at micron-scale. In situ analysis permits correlation of imaging with geochemistry and selection of features that could not otherwise be interrogated. These recent advances yield improved temporal resolution and promise an important new level of understanding for many paleoclimate proxies. Sub-annual to sub-daily resolution is possible for many proxies facilitating studies of seasonality or animal growth and migration. The workshop will be conducted in parallel with tutorial demonstrations of the IMS 1280 Ion Microprobe in the WiscSIMS Lab. The goals of the meeting are to explore new capabilities and new applications of in situ analysis to paleoclimate and to acquaint participants with SIMS techniques.

HiRes2017 Invited Presentations

Keynote Speakers
Speaker Title
Melanie Beasley
(Dept. of Anthropology, UC-San Diego)
Environmental variability in hominin evolution: Moving from geologic to biological timescales with SIMS
Thure Cerling
(Dept. of Geology, Univ. of Utah)
Stable isotope answers to problems of biological and terrestrial records
Jennifer Fehrenbacher
(CEOAS, Oregon State Univ.)
Micro-scale trace element analysis of foraminifera
Thomas Helser
(Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, Seattle)
Trace elements, isotopes and growth increments: Paleoclimate and fish otoliths
Kathleen Johnson
(Dept. of Earth System Science, UC-Irvine)
Reconstructing seasonal to decadal scale climate variability from speleothems: Potential, strategies, and challenges
Reinhard Kozdon
(Lamont Doherty Observatory, Columbia Univ.)
In situ analysis of foraminiferal shells by SIMS and EPMA: What have we learned in the past decade? A résumé and outlook
Zhengyu Liu
(Dept. of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sci., UW-Madison)
Understanding the temporal slope of temperature–δ18O effect
Shaun Marcott
(Dept. of Geoscience, UW-Madison)
Heinrich Events, oxygen isotopes, and foraminifera: What can SIMS do for you?
Wolfgang Müller
(Dept. of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway, Univ. of London)
The role of Laser-Ablation Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-(MC-)ICPMS) in palaeoclimate research - principles and applications
SIMS Tutorials
Speaker Title
Noriko Kita
SIMS Basics
Kouki Kitajima
Live-Demonstration, SIMS Stable Isotope Analysis
Ian Orland
Approaches to Analysis of Speleothems & Biocarbonates
John Valley
Accuracy vs. Precision by SIMS


Abstract and Presentation Guidelines

We ask that you please submit one abstract per attendee in pdf format, by May 1, 2017. Please email your pdf to hires2017@gmail.com with subject line "Abstract". There is no formatting template, but the abstract should fit on a maximum of 2 US Letter-sized pages (8.5" x 11") with 1-inch margins and can include images. Please be efficient with your use of space where possible, e.g. use single spaced text.

Housing Options

The workshop has reserved blocks of rooms at four nearby hotels, but space is limited. Special rates will be available on a first come, first served basis.

We have compiled a list of options with contact information, recent rates, and distance to workshop.

A note about parking: UW prides itself on being green and parking un-friendly. Street parking is available near Weeks Hall, but a 2 hour maximum is enforced. Visitor Parking passes, available for the nearby Union South and Engineering covered garages, are $12/day (as of 2014) but should be arranged well in advance. Remember to contact your housing option to arrange parking if necessary.


Email: hires2017@gmail.com

Previous Workshops

See abstracts and talks from HiRes2013 and HiRes2015.

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