Attendees

Many attendees opted to provide a short bio describing their current career position and/or research. This is not a comprehensive list of meeting attendees. If you would like to provide an entry for the list or edit your current entry, please contact isc2016@iastate.edu.

Stella J. Alexandroff

I am a Marie Curie Research Fellow and PhD candidate in palaeoceanography at Bangor University, Wales, under the supervision of Prof. James Scourse and Dr Paul Butler. My PhD project is part of the EU-funded ARAMACC (Annually Resolved Archives of Marine Climate Change) network and focuses on the hydrographic variability of the NE Atlantic in the Holocene. I work on bivalve shells collected in Scottish Shelf Seas, and use their annual growth patterns and isotope data to reconstruct the environment they once lived in. I just started the third and final year of my PhD, and I am looking forward to sharing my results with the wider community.

Carin Andersson Dahl

I am a senior researcher at Uni Research in Bergen, Norway, where I reconstruct past marine climate change. I have long experience working with marine sediment cores and various proxies such as foraminifer assemblages and stable isotopes. My sclero work focuses on the bivalve species Arctica islandica from the Norwegian Sea. I am involved in the EU ITN ARAMACC project and I also lead Norwegian Research Council project ECHO. I currently supervise two PhD students, Fabian Bonitz and Tamara Trofimova, and one MS student, Vilde Melvik, who will present their research at ISC2016.

Fred Andrus

I am currently Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL, USA), where I also co-direct the Alabama Stable Isotope Laboratory (ASIL). I presently advise one Ph.D. student, Hillary Sletten, developing and applying geochemical proxies archived in coralline algae, and two MS students, Christine Bassett (presenting her work on Canadian Alaskan butter clams at ISC 2016) and Taylor Payne (co-author at ISC 2016, researching N isotope records in oyster shells). These and prior students have active research with me in Pacific South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and the North Atlantic. Most of my research bridges the gap between archaeology and sclerochronology to elucidate human/environmental change since the terminal Pleistocene, though I also work in deeper time using paleontological materials. I have attended all prior Sclerochronology conferences and co-organized this one.

Jared Ballew

I am a first year Master’s student in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University. I received my B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from Iowa State University, in 2015. I am currently working with Dr. Alan Wanamaker on further developing the marine bivalve, Arctica islandica, as a climate proxy. I will be looking for PhD positions upon graduation, next spring.

Bryan Black

I am currently an Associate Professor of Marine Science at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas, USA. Originally trained as a forest ecologist, I apply dendrochronology techniques to the growth increments of fish, bivalves, corals, and trees. I'm particularly interested in climate-driven linkages across marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems.

Fabian Bonitz

I am PhD student at Uni Research Climate in Bergen, Norway under the supervision of Dr. Carin Andersson. I started my PhD in March 2014 and plan to finish in March 2017. The main focus of my research is the reconstruction of the late Holocene marine climate variability in the North Atlantic by using shells of the bivalve species Arctica islandica. The main goals are to produce annually resolved temperature records, which go beyond instrumental measurements, and the reconstruction of long-term signals and multi-decadal oscillations such as NAO and AMO.

Dr. Meghan Burchell

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University and the co-director of the Memorial Applied Archaeological Sciences Lab. I completed my PhD at McMaster University (2013), and I was trained in isotope sclerochronology at the University of Mainz. I have a great team of graduate and undergraduate students from archaeology, biology, physics and engineering working on different aspects of shell biology and chemistry. We're developing new methods to make high-resolution isotope sclerochronology accessible to archaeologists, and applying these methods to bivalves and gastropods recovered from archaeological sites from across Canada. After attending the first ISC conference in St Petersburg, I never looked at shells the same way. I was a member of the international organizing committee for ISC 2010 in Mainz, Germany, and I'm looking forward to sharing how I've been working towards integrating sclerochronology into archaeological method and theory at ISC 2016.

Dr Paul Butler

I am coordinator of the EU-funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network ARAMACC ("Annually Resolved Archives of Marine Climate Change"), which is currently training 10 PhD students and one postdoc st institutions throughout Europe in a wide range of skills associated with sclerochronology, including chronology construction, the use of geochemistry with shell material, the biological and ecological drivers of shell formation, the use of marine chronologies for climate modelling and the application of sclerochronology in the commercial and regulatory sectors. Most, if not all, supervisors and students associated with ARAMACC will be at ISC2016 and we look forward to meeting you there.

Dr. Michael Carroll

I am a Senior Researcher at Akvaplan-niva in Tromsø, Norway, where Iinvestigate the impact on climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems. I was trained as a benthic ecologist and biological oceanographer in Florida, South Carolina and Alaska, where I was awarded his Ph.D. and first became interested in Arctic marine science. I held a post-doc at the International Atomic Energy Agency Marine Environmental Laboratory in Monaco, where I examined particulate flux in the Mediterranean Sea. Since 1997, I have focused on benthic community structure, functioning food web dynamics around Svalbard and the Barents Sea. My current research interests are related to detecting evidence of environmental change from growth patterns in bivalve molluscs (sclerochronology) and studying the structure of benthic communities in relation to oceanographic variability.

Phoebe Chan

I have just completed my PhD at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Jochen Halfar, with convocation planned for June 2016. My research focusses on using crustose coralline algae as an archive for past climate and environmental changes, looking at primary productivity and sea-ice variability in the Subarctic North Atlantic, and examining changes in structural growth parameters of coralline algae in relation to warming and acidification in the North Pacific. I am currently looking for a postdoctoral position, and I look forward to meeting you all at the ISC 2016.

Dr. Leon Clarke

I am currently Senior Lecturer in Environmental Analytical Chemistry in the School of Science and the Environment at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and am Deputy Director of MMU's Environmental Science Research Centre. My research is focused on development and application of elemental and isotopic (most recently clumped isotopes) in carbonate palaeoclimate archives. MMU has excellent modern ICP-OES, ICP-MS and laser ablation ICP-MS analytical instrumentation and I am always interested in developing new research collaborations; please contact me if you'd like to do so! This year I am working on several (overdue) manuscripts with international colleagues and also intend to get back into the laboratory this summer after a very busy academic year of teaching and research administration.

Shibajyoti Das

I am a first year PhD candidate at Syracuse University, (Syracuse, NY, USA) working with Dr. Christopher Junium. My focus is to reconstruct trophic structure and food webs of ancient marine ecosystems using stable nitrogen and carbon isotopes. Currently I am working on recent specimens to develop the techniques that can be applied to ancient communities and examine how they respond to environmental perturbation.

Kristine DeLong

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. I direct the Paleoclimatology and Anthropology Studies (PAST) Laboratory. I have three exceptional Ph.D. Students including Jacob Warner, a trained archaeologist, who is applying sclerochronology and geochemical methods to understand past climate and how ancient people used marine resources. Other projects I am leading include coral-based reconstructions of temperature and salinity in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and southwest tropical Pacific Ocean, and proxy development for reconstructing past hurricanes and wind intensity. I am the lead PI on the Ancient Bald Cypress Forest project in the Gulf of Mexico where a team of talented researchers are investigating a well-preserved bald cypress forest preserved in the marine sediments 10 km offshore of Alabama. This forest existed during the past glacial interval (~50,000 BP) when sea level was lower.

Seth Finnegan

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and the UC Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley. I work primarily on the early Paleozoic record of marine ecosystems, including climate change and extinctions in the Late Ordovician-Early Silurian. This will be my first time attending an ISC meeting, and I look forward to learning a great deal!

Teresa Franco

2015 was a very exciting year, when I finished my Ph.D at the Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN, USA). My topic was focus on early coastal hunter-gatherers. This research opened new possibilities, for me, to work with archaeology in its interdisciplinary aspects. Now, I am working on a paper with the results of my research.

Thomas Geeza

I am a third year PhD candidate at Penn State University in Environmental Engineering working with Dr. Nat Warner. My work centers on using environmental chemistry, isotopes, and analytical techniques to better understand fate and transport of metals in the environment. Much of my work focuses on the hydraulic fracturing industry, assessing impact and risk associated with the treatment and discharge of flowback and produced water. Outside of the lab you can usually find me on a stream with a fly rod in hand chasing the next insect hatch. I plan to finish my degree within the next 3 years after which I will be looking for a position that fits my career goals wherever that happens to take me.

Dr. David Gillikin

I am an associate professor at Union College (Schenectady, NY) and director of Union's Stable Isotope Lab.

Lauren Graniero

I am a second year PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working with Dr. Donna Surge. This year I have submitted several manuscripts for publication related to using stable isotope geochemistry to understand biogeochemical processes in coastal environments. I'm looking forward to a great conference.

Jochen Halfar

I am an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences at the University of Toronto Mississauga (Canada). My research group currently consists of 3 doctoral and 3 undergraduate thesis students. My work focuses on developing proxy records from information contained in calcified growth bands of long-lived coralline red algae to reconstruct sea surface temperatures and sea ice conditions in Arctic and Subarctic settings.

John Handley

John Handley is a Research Associate at Paleontological Research Institution and a research statistician at Xerox Corporation. He is broadly interested in statistical applications to paleoecology and large scale patterns in evolution. He has recently done work modeling mollusk growth curves using multilevel models. John collaborates with several attendees at this conference and hopes to develop new research relationships. Relegated by an early career choice to an indoor life under fluorescent lights, he is deeply envious of geologists and seeks every opportunity to stand at an outcrop.

Ryan Harke

I am a first-year applied archaeology Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida (Tampa). I published my M.A. scleroarchaeology research on Busycon sinistrum—the subject of my conference paper—in the Journal of Archaeological Science in spring 2015. My Ph.D. research will involve sclerochronology of separate species at coastal archaeological sites in south Florida, to determine late prehistoric settlement seasonality and mobility, and to assess climatic and environmental change. I look forward to meeting faculty and students involved in scleroarchaeology and conservation biology at ISC 2016.

Brian Helmuth

I am a professor at Northeastern University with a joint appointment in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Work in my research group focuses on the development of ecological forecasting tools that are understandable and useable by diverse nonscientific stakeholders. I also serve on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board, which advises the Director of Sea Grant and the NOAA Administrator on Sea Grant's role in protecting coastal environments and communities.

Alaina Hickey

I am currently a junior at Syracuse University pursuing a B.S. in Earth Science with a focus in Environmental Science, as well as minors in both Biology and Psychology. I have recently taken on a project that focuses on the paleoecology of Devonian rugose corals with guidance from two of the most influential people I know in our Earth Science Department, Christopher Junium and Linda Ivany, and I plan to continue this work through the summer and present our findings at ISC 2016. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Phil Hollyman

I am currently in the final year of my PhD at Bangor University (North Wales, UK) working with Prof. Chris Richardson. My PhD is titled “growth and fecundity of the whelk Buccinum undatum in coastal shelf seas”. During this project I have developed a novel ageing technique for management of B. undatum fisheries through a combination of laboratory and field studies and geochemical analyses.

Linda Ivany

I am a Professor of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University and my research straddles the fence between paleoecology and paleoclimatology. I work mainly on fossil mollusks, particularly those from the US Gulf Coastal Plain and Antarctica, and am broadly interested in relationships among ecology, evolution, and environment. Much of what I do uses the chemistry of accretionary skeletons to understand the growth and life histories of organisms and the temperature and seasonality of ancient environments through time. I'm especially interested in times of greenhouse climates in Earth’s distant past, and use fossils to constrain their conditions. I did my PhD at Harvard and spent three years as a Michigan Society Fellow at the U of M before moving to Syracuse in 2000. I'm a Fellow of the Paleontological Society and the Geological Society of America.

Andrew Johnson

I am Visiting Research Fellow (formerly Reader) in Sclerochronology at the University of Derby, UK. My particular interest is reconstructing the climate and palaeoceanography of the North Atlantic region during the Pliocene, the most recent interval in Earth history when global mean temperature was significantly warmer (by 2-3 °C) than now. Initial results for the North Sea region, obtained through the work of my research students Jon Hickson and Annemarie Valentine, are now being supplemented by data from the US eastern seaboard. I am also broadening my interests to include the biotic consequences of Late Cenozoic environmental change.

Hali Kilbourne

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory campus. I lead the students and volunteers of the EPPEC (Exploring Paleoclimate, Paleoceanography and Environmental Change) Laboratory group. I am most interested in making paleoclimate reconstructions that can be interfaced with instrumental data to explore questions about how the climate system works. Much of my recent work has focused on tropical Atlantic climate variability over the last 1000 years. My current Ph.D. student, Agraj Khare, is working with me on a project to explore the stability of coral reef seawater geochemistry and the potential impacts on coral-based paleoclimate reconstructions.

Dan Killam

I am a PhD candidate studying Paleobiology at UC Santa Cruz in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department. I am currently working on modern-day ground-truthing of growth seasonality, deep-time records of photosymbiosis and conservation paleobiology of giant clams. I intend to publish a paper on my modern work soon. I aim to finish my degree in late 2017 and am looking for postdoctoral positions in any field related to bivalve sclerochronology.

Michèle LaVigne

I am an Assistant Professor in the Bowdoin College Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science (~30 miles north of Portland) . I explore how trace elemental ratios preserved in surface and deep sea coral skeleton can be used to reconstruct past changes in ocean biogeochemistry. I also teach a course entitled "Research in Paleoceanography", and I am continually looking for new ways to bring sclerochronological methods and archives into the classroom. I look forward to discussing teaching and research opportunities with everyone at ISC 2016.

Natasha Leclerc

I am a first year Master's student, in the Department of Archaeology, Memorial University. As a field archaeologist, I’ve worked in coastal British Columbia on projects with the University of Toronto and the Canadian Museum of History in collaboration with shíshálh Nation. My research investigates seasonal occupation and the intensity of shellfish harvesting of pre-contact archaeological sites in the traditional territory of the shíshálh Nation, in southern British Columbia using sclerochronology and stable oxygen isotope analysis. During my undergraduate degree I had the opportunity to in Dr. Judith Seally's archaeological isotope lab at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I am currently working with Dr. Meghan Burchell, and I will be spending four months at University of Mainz, Germany with Dr. Bernd R. Schöne through a scholarship provided by the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Karin Limburg

I'm a professor of environmental biology with expertise in fisheries and ecosystems. I have used otoliths for a long time to try and understand relationships of fishes to their environments. Otolith chemistry represents an interesting nexus of environmental and physiological influences. When combined with the chronometric properties of otoliths, strong inferences can be made. The work I'm presenting here is a new project in the Baltic Sea, where hypoxia and other human-induced stressors are impacting fish and fisheries.

Justin McNabb

I am currently ending my 3rd year as a PhD. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working with Dr. Donna Surge. We are working on the potential linkage between lifespan and climate state to use changes in lifespan as a way to track evolutionary fitness. I plan to finish my degree in Spring 2018.

Ann McNichol

I am a Research Specialist at the National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). My research focuses on using radiocarbon to study the global carbon cycle by conducting studies of its distribution in the natural environment. An important component of this is the development of innovative techniques for the measurement of radiocarbon. NOSAMS, a national facility, is a recognized leader in radiocarbon analysis, innovation, and service and will remain in a position to lead the field in developments for many years to come.

Vilde Melvik

I am a Master’s student in Physical Geography (2015-2017) at the University of Bergen (UoB), Norway. I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at UoB June 2015. During autumn 2015 I participated in an exchange program in Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Southampton, England. Main topics of interest are climate change, Paleoclimate, Oceanography, Hydrology, Environmental Science, and human influence on the environment and vice versa. For my Master degree, I am now studying Icelandic shells at Uni Research Climate, and my supervisors are Carin Andersson (Uni Climate) and Svein Olaf Dahl (UoB). I plan to finish my thesis and degree spring 2017.

Madelyn Mette

I just finished my fifth year as a PhD candidate at Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, USA) working with Dr. Alan Wanamaker. I recently published my first paper titled "Linking large-scale climate variability with Arctica islandica shell growth and geochemistry in northern Norway" to appear in Limnology and Oceanography in early 2016. I plan to finish my degree in Spring, 2017 at which point I will be looking for postdoctoral positions.

David Moss

I am a PhD candidate at Syracuse University working with Dr. Linda Ivany. I am currently on the academic job market and plan to defend my dissertation this summer. My work has focused on the evolution of extreme longevity in modern and fossil bivalves. I am particularly interested in the role the environment and phylogenetic relationships play in lifespan.

Peter Müller

I did my masters in geology in 2012 at the University of Bremen and currently I am PhD student at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) Bremen. I am working on stable isotopes in various marine calcifying organisms encompassing e.g. bivalves, fish (otoliths) and echinoderm skeletons. Besides proxy calibration using modern organisms, I mainly work on developing new methodological approaches using biological growth models as well as developing paleoclimate reconstruction using traditional and new proxy systems applied to samples from archaeological shell midden deposits. I am currently in my third year and hope to finish my degree by the end of 2016/early 2017. Hope to see you all at ISC 2016! Cheers, Peter

Merinda Nash

I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC after recently finishing my PhD at the Australian National University. I am working with Walter Adey to understand the cellular scale calcification structures in coralline algae. This research includes samples from the Arctic to the tropics and down to the Antarctic. I plan to produce a global map of Mg content and mineral types in coralline algae.

Alexandra Németh

I'm in my second year as a PhD student at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and in the third as a junior researcher at the Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research, Hungarian Science Academy. Here, beside working on my PhD project about the sclerochronology of Glycymeris glycymeris shells from the southern NE Atlantic region, I also joined different projects focused on the sedimentology of quaternary sediments.

Richard Lee Patton

I am currently in my third year of a PhD working on the effects of climate change on bivalve molluscs, and the development of these as potential biomonitoring suites at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, Wales under the supervision of Prof. Chris Richardson, Dr. Andrew Davies and Dr. Simon Chenery (BGS). I have a very varied research interest spanning sclerochronology and energetic physiology of both molluscs and crustaceans. I plan to submit in September 2017 after which I aim to fulfil my ambition of continuing a career in marine research with a postdoctoral position.

Melita Peharda

I am senior scientist at the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Split, Croatia. My research is related to bivalve sclerochronology and ecology, primarily in the Adriatic Sea, and it includes both long lived species as well as shorter lived, commercially important bivalve species. I am advisor of one PhD student (Ariadna Purroy) financed through EU Marie Curie project ARAMACC as well as a leader for sclerochronology project financed through Croatian Science Foundation. Part of the work presented was conducted during Fullbright visiting scholar fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute.

Pierre Poitevin

Pierre Poitevin has worked as a marine biologist on the French islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon over the last three years. His projects involved collaborations with many French, Canadian and American organizations (Ifremer, French National Museum of Natural History, Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, NOAA) and universities on themes ranging from hydrodynamics to topics in fisheries, aquaculture and ecology. Further to the results obtained during these projects, he recently began (in 2015) a PhD project aiming at testing the hypothesis that the shell growth and geochemical composition of bivalve species living on the soft substrates surrounding the islands can be used to understand local hydrodynamic phenomena (e.g. internal waves).

Ariadna Purroy

I'm a marine biologist on my last year of PhD at the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (Split, Croatia) working with Prof. Melita Peharda. The Adriatic Sea has become a great spot to study the biological and environmental drivers of shell growth, and I'm currently exploring these exciting results. I plan to defend by March 2017, hoping to find great opportunities out there.

Dr David Reynolds

I am currently working as a postdoctoral research associate at Cardiff University. Since joining Cardiff in 2013 I have been working to establish the sclerochronology facility as part of the Palaeoclimate and Climate Systems Research Group. My work revolves around the development of absolutely dated sclerochronologies and stable isotope timeseries spanning past centuries to millennia. I am currently embarking on a newly funded project using an integrated data-model approach to reconstructing past Atlantic dynamics utilising the first millennial length annually resolved stable isotope records from the North Atlantic.

Liza M. Roger

I am in the fifth and last year of my PhD at the University of Western Australia and the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis. My project concentrated on the crystallography and composition of various molluscs from Western Australia. I will be submitting my thesis in 6 months (later 2016) and all three of my data chapters are to be published in peer-reviewed publication within the next 12 months. I am looking for postdoctoral opportunities starting in 2017.

Alejandro Román González

I am just commencing the third year of my PhD at Cardiff University in a joint project between Cardiff, Bangor University and the British Antarctic Survey. At the moment I am working between writing my thesis, applying to several grants and preparing the first manuscripts from the data developed during my PhD. I look forward to hear the latest development in your research and to see you all at ISC 2016.

Dr. Bernd R. Schöne

I am university professor at the University of Mainz, Germany, head of the Paleontological Collection, and head of the Institute of Geosciences. My team currently consists of 12 highly motivated people. Our research focus is on sclerochronology, mostly proxy development and paleoclimate reconstructions. Some members of my team, Stefania Milano, Liqiang Zhao and Eric O. Walliser will be attending ISC2016 and present their recent work. I am happy to see that the triennial sclerochronology conferences keep moving and provide a platform for scientific exchange in this fascinating field of science.

James Scourse

I am Professor of Marine Geology at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University. I co-led the establishment of the Sclerochronology and Scleroclimatology Group at Bangor with Chris Richardson. This started following a coffee room discussion in the early 1990’s followed by several important EU projects including HOLSMEER and MILLENNIUM. We learned a lot from the tree-ringers in MILLENNIUM and this resulted in the first annually-resolved archive covering the entire last millennium from the oceans and – you must have heard! – the discovery of Ming, the longest-lived non-colonial animal known to science.. Our group has been blessed with some amazingly talented research students and postdocs, notably Al Wanamaker, Paul Butler and Dave Reynolds. We’ve also been supported by several UK-NERC funded projects, the latest of which, ULTRA, we’re reporting on at ISC2016. We now host ARAMACC, an EU-funded Training Network supporting 10 wonderful sclero-based PhD students and one postdoc in Europe.

Dr Kohki Sowa

I am currently an postdoctoral position at Toho University (Chiba, Japan). I am working on the problem of annual and daily time-scale coral skeletal growth by geochemistry. This time, I will introduce my new work as to daily-time scale coral skeletal growth. I very look forward to communicating with all of you at ISC 2016. I will also be looking for postdoctoral positions after April 2017.

Anna Sparrow

I am an undergraduate student at Memorial University majoring in archaeology and minoring in English. My honours thesis examines seasonality and human-environmental dynamics amongst the Central Coast Salish people of Vancouver Island (Supervisor Dr. M. Burchell). Prior to working in shell midden archaeology, I worked at the 16th century site of Ferryland, one of Canada’s National Historic sites. For the past two years, I’ve been a research assistant in the Memorial Applied Archaeological Sciences Lab (MAAS). I’m interested in balancing high-resolution sclerochronology with archaeological theory to deepen our understanding of human-environmental interactions. In addition to working with Saxidomus gigantea from British Columbia, I have also collaborated on shellfish harvesting studies of Mya arenaria from Nova Scotia. As my research progresses, I’d like to learn more about growth modeling, and how it can be applied to understand Aboriginal mariculture in Alaska for my Master’s thesis beginning in January 2017.

Donna Surge

I am an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and am planning to apply for promotion to Full Professor next academic year. In addition to my sclero work on modern and archaeological limpet shells from coastal marine settings, I'm dipping my toes back into estuarine settings thanks to research projects of my students Lauren Graniero (PhD) and Aleah Walsh (senior undergrad). My PhD student, Justin McNabb, helps keep me connected to the fossil record with his research project on biological consequences of climate change focused on the marine bivalve, Astarte, from Plio-Pleistocene deposits along the US Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains. I'll also be presenting some very cool rainwater isotope data from the early October 2015 storm that hosed the Carolinas at SE GSA in April collected as part of an undergrad research project by my student, Corey Moore. PhD student Karly Schmidt from the Geography Department at UNC-CH will round out this project by providing her meteorological expertise. We plan to write up our findings for publication this summer.

Larry Taylor

I am a PhD student in the marine paleontology lab of Dr. Seth Finnegan at the University of California at Berkeley. My research interests are in understanding the biotic and abiotic processes which influence clade evolution and ecospace utilization through deep time.

Dr. Julien Thébault

I am working as Associate Professor at the University of Western Brittany (Brest, France) since 2009, where I teach zoology, biology of populations and ecosystems, marine ecology, and sclerochronology. The core of my research activities deals with assessment of anthropogenic and climatic influences on structure and functioning of coastal ecosystems, and especially on phytoplankton dynamics. My approach focuses on analysis and understanding of structural and geochemical proxies archived in mollusk shells from polar, temperate and tropical settings in order to get information on their life-history traits (growth, longevity, metabolism), and to assess past and present variability of environmental conditions (temperature, primary production). I'm currently working on sclerochronology of bivalves I collected around Christmas using scuba diving under sea ice in Antarctica. Definitely the most exciting field work I've ever done.

Tamara Trofimova

I just started my third year as a PhD student at the Uni Research Climate, Bergen, Norway. As a part of Marie Curie Initial Training Network, ARAMACC my PhD project focuses on growth chronology construction based on shells of bivalves (mainly Arctica islandica) from the northern North Sea, an area strongly influenced by inflow of Atlantic water. In addition to the material from this location I have been working with specimens from the Norwegian and Barents Sea, as well as the White Sea.

Daan Vanhove

I am a post-doc working on a joint project between KU Leuven (Belgium, Steven Bouillon) and Union College (central NY, David Gillikin). The project focuses on the reconstruction of African hydroclimate by means of oxygen isotopes in freshwater bivalves. Last year, I went sampling in Congo and Botswana, which was absolutely fantastic. This year I am mainly in the lab and will also work on several manuscripts.

Alan Wanamaker

I am currently an Associate Professor at Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, USA) and director of the "Stable Isotope Paleoenvironments Research Group" (SIPERG). I have five wonderful students, Maddie Mette (PhD), Diana Thatcher (PhD), Nina Whitney (PhD), Hannah Carrol (PhD), and Jared Ballew (MS) who are working on a variety of projects focused on North Atlantic climate, proxy development, and paleoecology issues in the Midwest, USA. This year I am working on several manuscripts with colleagues and students and I very much look forward to communicating with all of you at ISC 2016. I am also one of the primary organizers of ISC 2016.

Jacob Warner

I just finished my first year as a PhD student at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA) working with Drs. Kristine DeLong and David Chicoine. My research combines paleoclimatology (through sclerochronology) and archaeology to address questions related to prehispanic socio-cultural development and climate change on the north-central coast of Peru. This summer I will be returning to Peru to expand and continue my research.

Nina M. Whitney

I am a first year PhD student at Iowa State University working with Dr. Alan Wanamaker. I recently finished my masters degree in Quaternary and Climate Studies at the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, where I worked with Dr. Karl Kreutz. In addition to the work that I do on oxygen isotopes in Arctica islandica shells, I am interested in exploring how nitrogen isotopes may be able to be used to reconstruct ocean circulation dynamics.

Bruce H. Wilkinson

I am an old Research Professor at Syracuse University. Before meeting its timely demise, I was a practitioner of Carbonate Geology. Professionally, I am a personal assistant to Professor Linda Ivany. Scientifically, I am interested in detrital zircon, Linnaean classification, meteoric precipitation, and stochasticism in Earth-surface processes.

Dr. Branwen Williams

I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Claremont Colleges. My research works to understand mechanisms driving natural variability in chemical, biological, and physical oceanography, along with the response of the ocean to anthropogenic climate change. I use geochemical and sclerochronological techniques to generate environmental reconstructions from marine proxy archives to address these issues.

Rob Witbaard

Achieved his PhD in the mid 1990s on the ecology and development of sclero chronologies based on Arctica islandica. My current research focus lies on behavioral studies in relation with shell growth, i.e. is there a link between shell gape behavior and growth. What factors trigger behavior and what is the relevance of food availability, food quality and temperature. I work together with many collegues within the ARAMACC project, an EU training network hosting a group of young enthousiastic PhDs.