Postdoc Will Daniels is one of four scientists participating in NASA’s 17th Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) mission at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. He will take part in a simulated mission to an asteroid to collect rock samples.
UMass Biogeochem team members Dr. Molly Patterson and Benjamin Keisling are currently in Antarctica sailing on IODP Expedition 374 aboard the JOIDES Resolution along with UMass Geosciences Professor Mark Leckie. Molly is a former UMass Biogeochem Lab postdoc and is now faculty at Binghamton University. Benjamin is a UMass Geosciences PhD student who completed his master’s degree in the UMass Biogeochem Lab and is now focusing on ice sheet modelling but continues to conduct organic geochemistry research as well. Learn more about the exciting research on Expedition 374 here:
Going to NE GSA 2016? Please consider submitting an abstract to session T22: Organic Geochemistry in the Geosciences. We particularly welcome abstracts from students and postdocs!
Description: Organic geochemical techniques are widely utilized in the geosciences to investigate outstanding questions in a variety of disciplines including biogeochemistry, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, paleolimnology, hydrogeology, petroleum geochemistry, archaeology, geomicrobiology, and forensic science. This session welcomes all studies using organic geochemical or compound-specific isotopic techniques. Studies focusing on method and proxy development are also welcome.
Our newest instrument, a GERSTEL Preparative Fraction Collector (PFC) coupled to an Agilent 7890A GC-FID is now installed and running! The The GERSTELPFC collects compounds after separation by GC. We plan to use this instrument to isolate compounds such as plant leaf waxes for compound-specific radiocarbon dating.
At our annual lab holiday party where joke gifts are exchanged, one of the “gifts” contained all of the necessary ingredients to make Summer Salad Pie along with a copy of the recipe. It contained lemon jello, tuna salad, olives, tomato sauce, onion and Tabasco sauce, among other ingredients. PhD student Dan Miller was the recipient of this wonderful gift. Today at our end of the semester lab picnic, Dan showed off his cooking skills & brought in a freshly baked summer salad pie. Its taste was described as “an explosion of flavors, and not in a good way”.
Summer Salad Pie – a biogeochemistry experiment gone wrong? Lemon jello, tuna salad, olives, tomato sauce, a cheese crust… what could be more delicious?
Summer salad pie pictured here without the tuna salad topping (note the abundance of olives floating in the tomato sauce and lemon jello mixture). As the summer salad pie sat out in the sun, the lemon jello began to melt making it look even more appetizing…