Quaternary Techniques: 21-22 MAY 2020 non Student

$250.00 $200.00
(Inc. GST)
$217.39 $173.91
(Ex. GST)
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Discount pricing is valid if paid before day of course.  The price includes morning and afternoon tea, lunches and workshop dinner on Thursday evening and course materials.

This short course is intended for students and researchers in all areas of earth and environmental sciences who are faced with questions such as:

What types of archives contain paleoenviromental information?
What is the most appropriate environmental indicator at my site?
What proxies are used for climate change?
How do I interpret these isotope data?
What techniques are best for which type of stratigraphic records?

This course is not intended to duplicate university classes, but to offer a concentrated two-day workshop in specialized techniques presented by experts in their own fields of research.

The format of the workshop consists of lectures, laboratory visits and question-answer sessions to discuss issues such as sample selection, sample preparation and interpretation of results.

A handbook of course materials provided by the speakers is provided on USB stick.  We strongly encourage participants to bring laptops or other electronic devices to load and access the course handbook and for the age-depth modelling workshop that will feature in this year’s course. Wi-Fi is available for guest access throughout the building.


Types of archives

• lakes and peats
• marine sediments
• ice cores
• speleothems
• landforms
• tree rings

Types of proxies

• pollen, chironomids, diatoms
• forams, radiolarians
• stable isotopes of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen

 Dating techniques

• 137Cs and 210Pb
• 10Be and 26Al (Surface Exposure Dating)
• 14C
• Dendrochronology
• Optically Stimulated Luminescence
• Paleomagnetism
• Tephrochronology
• U-series

Laboratory tours and demonstrations:

• 14C and stable isotope labs, ice core facility, microfossils and accelerator


Dr Kevin Faure or
Dr Karyne Rogers