Radiocarbon Short Course


The Radiocarbon Short Course is a 1-week training course for senior undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and researchers with broad interests in ecology and earth system science who are planning on, or are currently, using radiocarbon techniques as part of their research, and wish to expand their understanding of this tool.

The course uses a mixture of lectures, short talks, active learning activities, and networking sessions to facilitate research and interactions. Lectures introduce participants to the use of radiocarbon in carbon cycle, environmental, and ecological research, with examples from marine and terrestrial systems and the atmosphere. Hands-on activities focus on creating a tracer-free lab environment and avoiding contamination in the field and lab, collecting samples in the field, choosing standards and blanks, processing and analyzing samples in the laboratory, and analyzing, reporting, and interpreting radiocarbon data. Poster presentations and social events offer networking opportunities.

The course is every other year at KCCAMS facility or collaborating institutions and taught by KCCAMS researchers and staff and radiocarbon experts from the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, and GNS Science, New Zealand. For more information, visit https://faculty.sites.uci.edu/czimczik/radiocarbon-short-course/

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  • KCCAMS scientist X. Xu explains how plant samples are converted to graphite for radiocarbon analysis with accelerator mass spectrometry during the 2019 Radiocarbon Short Course at UC Irvine.

    Photo credit: C. Czimczik
  • Participants and instructors of the 2016 Radiocarbon Short Course at UC Irvine.

    Photo credit: C. Czimczik
  • Participants and instructors of the 2016 Radiocarbon Short Course at UC Irvine. Photo credit: C. Czimczik

  • Guest lecturer H. Graven discusses how 14CO2 can be used to inform carbon emission models during the 2017 Radiocarbon Short Course at the MPI-BGC.

    Photo credit: C. Czimczik
  • MPI-BGC postdoctoral scholar J. Muhr demonstrates how samples are evacuated for combustion during the 2017 Radiocarbon Short Course at the MPI-BGC.

    Photo credit: C. Czimczik

In Memoriam


Erv Taylor (-2019)

Radiocarbon-Champion

Scientist, Teacher, Colleague, Friend & Instructor of the Radiocarbon Short Course

Prof. emeritus University of California, Riverside, Department of Anthropology

Ph.D. 1970, Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles


Contact

Keck – CCAMS Group
Earth System Science Department
2222B Croul Hall
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3100
Phone: +1 949 824 3444 (Lab)