I am very interested in the application of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIRS) to lake sediment archives to measure proxies such as biogenic silica and organic carbon (eg. (Vogel et al., 2008; Rosén et al., 2010). We have a publication on this technique applied to lake sediments in SE Greenland in prep at the moment are looking to expand this study to Alaskan lakes as well with the help of Anne Hamlin and Daryl Kaufman of Norther Arizona University.
We are also looking forward to collaboration with Dr. Darby Dyer (Mt. Holyoke College) and Steve Giguere (UMass Amherst) who use FTIRS on the Mars Curiosity Rover, to improve the statistical methodology of extracting proxy information from FTIR spectral data.
I chaired a session at 2014 NEGSA regional meeting on the topic of emerging techniques in paleolimnology (T16) where I discussed the merits of this method: http://www.geosociety.org/Sections/ne/2014mtg/techprog.htm