2012 Radiocarbon Short Course

Radiocarbon in Ecology and Earth System Science

July 16-21, 2012

Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry


Please note: the 2012 course will be held in Jena, Germany while the 2013 course will be held at UC Irvine as in the past.


This course will expose students and postdocs to the uses of radiocarbon in ecology and earth system science, especially in relation to ecosystem and global carbon cycling. The course design is modeled after the stable isotope class at the University of Utah. There will be morning lectures on the theory of radiocarbon by various instructors, followed by exercises in data interpretationand modeling and laboratory experience with preparing samples for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry analysis in the afternoon.

We seek participants with broad interests in ecology and earth system science who are planning on, or are currently, using radiocarbon techniques as part of their research, and wish to expand their understanding of this important and useful tool.

The application form for the class can be found here: http://www.imprs-gbgc.de/index.php/RadiocarbonSchool/Application.

Applications should be submitted by April 30, 2012 and we will inform participants shortly thereafter.

Students will be responsible for their own transportation costs to and from Jena, Germany, and for their own food and lodging costs (we will attempt to minimize these by arranging for shared housing; costs will range from about 40-70 Euro per night. Housing reservations will be handled by the course organizers. In addition, there is a lab fee of 500 Euro.

You can find additional information about course logistics and an overview on the website.

Course Organizers:

Ted Schuur (tschuur@ufl.edu)

Susan Trumbore (trumbore@bgc-jena.mpg.de)

Century/DayCent model training workshop

We are pleased to announce that we have selected a date for the next Century/DayCent model training.  We will conducting the workshop the week of July 23-27, 2012 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Depending on the number of individuals who register for the workshop the charge will be between $2,000.00 and $600.00 (U.S. dollars) for the weeklong model training.  This cost covers the workshop only, individuals who attend the workshop are responsible for making their own travel, lodging, and meal arrangements.  Please keep in mind that there will be a limited number of slots available for the training workshop and these will be assigned on a first come first served basis.  For more information, contact Cindy Keough, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1499 (cindy.keough@colostate.edu)

The 5th Annual Summer Course in Flux Measurements and Advanced Modeling

The 5th Annual Summer Course in Flux Measurements and Advanced Modeling, July 16-27, 2012, University of Colorado Mountain Research Station, near Boulder, Colorado, USA

Application deadline: 30 March 2012

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