Research in the Ehleringer Lab is directed at answering four ecological questions of societal relevance. First, how does drought influence carbon cycles in ecosystems of the western US? Second, how do humans and our choices influence carbon and water cycles in urban ecosystems? Third, how can stable isotopes analyses inform us about process related to human activities, our movements, and dietary choices? Fourth, how can we reconstruct climate history and broad precipitation patterns using biomarker proxies?

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Mancuso receives fellowship for stable isotopes research

Christy Mancuso was awarded a National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Her project is "Fingernails as Recorders of Region-of-Origin and Travel History." Christy will be looking at how stable isotope analyses of human fingernails can be used to reconstruct an individual's movements. The primary objective of the study is to determine the extent to which strontium and oxygen isotope ratios of human fingernails are useful as diagnostic tools of geographic movement, similar to studies that are establishing forensic utility of stable isotope analysis of scalp hair

MOBILE MONIITORING OF TRACE GASES Logan Mitchell, working with Ryan Bares, l has installed greenhouse gas and ozone sensors into the TRAX light rail system. See the Utah Transit Authority article here, and read more about mobile measuring of urban greenhouse gas emissions here.
Global warming in the late holocene Postdoc Logan Mitchell has a paper in Science providing evidence of the human contribution to increased atmospheric methane concentration. Read more
Chakraborty NEW LAB MANAGER We are pleased to welcome Dr. Suvankar Chakraborty as manager of SIRFER, the Stable Isotope Ratio Facility for Environmental Research. Suvankar comes to us from the University of Kentucky, where he was the Research Facility Manager in the stable isotope laboratory in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
URBAN RED BUTTE MAP Will McDonald has recently completed a 40-cm resolution map of the vegetation of the urban portions of the Red Butte Creek watershed. This map will now allow iUTAH researchers and land managers the capacity to evaluate transpiration, water runoff, and ecological dynamics in the very urbanized watershed. Click here for a high resolution map and poster.
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