With several poster and oral presentations the QUEST team has presented its work at the general assembly of the European Geoscience Union in Vienna, April 24–28, 2017.
Monday, 24 April
Tuesday, 25 April
17:30-19:00, Hall X5, Poster session CL1.13 : Quantitative Palaeoenvironments from Speleothems (QUEST): magnetic properties of two New Zealand speleothems
- C. Nehme, S. Verheyden, S. F. M. Breitenbach, D. P. Gillikin, A. Verheyden, H. Cheng, L. Edwards, J. Hellstrom, S. R. Noble, A. R. Farrant, D. Sahy, T. Goovaerts, G. Salem, P. Claeys: Climatic variability during the penultimate interglacial (MIS 7) and glacial (MIS 6) periods recorded in a speleothem from Kanaan cave, Lebanon (Central Levant)
- M. Weber, D. Scholz, J. A. Wassenburg, K. P. Jochum, S. Breitenbach: Application of LA-MC-ICP-MS for analysis of Sr isotope ratios in speleothems
Inken Heidke won the “Best Poster Award” of the ANAKON conference in Tübingen (April 3–6, 2017) for her poster “Der Paläo-Vegetation auf der Spur – Analyse von Ligninphenolen in Stalagmiten“. Congratulations!
A new book Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s Subterranean Wilderness will be released in July this year. More information and pre-order available at http://whiopublishing.co.nz/
Our study on the equatorial rain belt displacement by analyzing data from a stalagmite collected in the Yok Balum Cave, Belize, is now published in Scientific Reports.
We have set up a Twitter channel:
The QUEST Team will soon be joined by Ms. Cinthya Nava Fernandez from Mexico. Cinthya received a PhD fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD) to study Holocene ENSO variability using speleothems from Australasia and South America.
Cinthya will be based at RUB, supervised by Seb, Adam and Adrian Immenhauser.
We joined for the mid-term meeting at the Speleothem Research Group of University of Mainz at March 7 & 8, 2017. Adam and Beth joined by Skype.
Norbert contributed to the Sydney Chapman Chair Seminar series “Complex Systems Science Meets Arctic Science” at the University of Fairbanks, Alaska, 28 Feb 2017 and 2 March 2017: One lecture on recurrence plot analyses for the scienific experts and one lecture on “Caves as scientific archives” for the non-expert audience, but both related to research performed within QUEST.
There was opportunity to visit the one and only permafrost tunnel of the world.
Seb is currently visiting Beth and Adam to conduct fieldwork in Waipuna cave. The goal was to survey surface and cave tracks to link drip monitoring sites in the cave with the meteo station at the surface, install loggers, download collected data etc.
Two trips were very successful, although the autosampler – to be deployed – failed us due to moisture creeping into the electronics (again). It is currently being repaired and will be installed as soon as time permits.