Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Research Assistant Professor, Biology


Research Summary

Isotope Geochemistry, Organic Geochemistry, Social Geochemistry

Research Statement

I focus on investigating the connections and interactions between the geological and biological sciences through the use of stable isotope ratios and elemental profiles of organic materials and inorganic phases. My research seeks to address questions of societal importance using geochemical tools and to translate these finding into civil, economic, and environmental improvements. My primary academic strengths are in the fields of isotope geochemistry, organic geochemistry, isotope forensics, paleoclimatology, and paleoecology.

Research Keywords

  • Organic Geochemistry, Interest Level: 5
  • Isotope Geochemistry, Interest Level: 5
  • Urban Ecology, Interest Level: 5
  • Environment and Human Health, Interest Level: 5
  • Water Cycle, Interest Level: 4
  • Paleoclimatology, Interest Level: 3

Research Groups

  • Ehleringer Lab, Research Professor. Department of Biology. 08/16/2010 - present.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Hydrogen isotopes in n-alkanes of tree leaves and needles: experimental studies with ecophysiological, ecosystem, climate, and dust-related applications. PI: James Ehleringer. Co-PI(s): Brett Tipple. National Science Foundation, 04/15/2011 - 03/31/2015. Total project budget to date: $707,500.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Isotope analyses of hair as a trace evidence tool to reconstruct human movements: Establishing the effects of the “Human Ecosystem” on strontium and oxygen isotope ratios. PI: Brett Tipple. 10/01/2013 - present.

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Cavity ring-down spectroscopy (Water: O/H), Gas source isotope ratio mass spectrometry (Solids: C,N,O,H,S; Compound-Specific: C,H,N), Multicollector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (Sr).

Data: Tipple et al., 2010

Data File used in Tipple, B.J., Meyers, S.R., and Pagani, M. (2010) The carbon isotope ratio of Cenozoic CO2: a comparative evaluation of available geochemical proxies, Paleoceanography, doi:10.1029/2009PA001851.