08.05 - 10.05.2012
Durham, UK
Contact person:
Dr. Chris Brodie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract & registration deadline: 15 March 2012

The first meeting of the new working group Development of Isotopic Proxies for Palaeoenvironmental Interpretation: A Carbon Perspective (DIPPI-C) to be hosted by the Department of Geography, Durham University, UK. DIPPI-C is an international, inter-disciplinary working group specialising in the analysis and interpretation of carbon based proxies in the natural environment.

We bring together palaeoclimatologists, geochemists, biochemists, plant physiologists, ecologists and soil scientists that utilise bulk carbon isotopes: compound specific carbon isotopes: and biomarker distributions to develop a timely and rigorous inter-disciplinary review of the science underpinning these molecular and isotopic proxies in the environment. DIPPI-C initially aims to synthesise the current scientific understanding of such processes by bringing together scientists from a wide range of different disciplines to develop a truly inter-disciplinary assessment of the behaviour of organic and inorganic C in the environment from present day processes through to deep burial in sedimentary environments. We aim to: 1. Develop the first comprehensive inter-disciplinary understanding of C cycle processes as quantified through molecular and isotopic C proxies and biomarker distributions:2. Build an innovative forum for proxy development and discussion:3. Identify and evaluate outstanding issues and develop research projects and grant applications (including PhD projects) to address gaps in the scientific knowledge, refine these organic and inorganic proxies and develop the scientific understanding of natural environmental processes.

Invited Speakers for Durham Meeting (Confirmed):Prof. Philip Meyers (University of Michigan, USA) Dr. Richard Pancost (Bristol University, UK)Dr. Johan Weijers (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)Dr. Charlotte Bryant (NERC Radiocarbon Facility, UK)