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/

Radiocarbon and Climate Change

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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

Past Short Courses

2021. Sep 14, 16, 21. 23, 28 & 30. Live on zoom
2019. Aug 11-16. UC Irvine
2017. Sep. MPI-BGC
2016. Jul 24-29. UC Irvine
2014. Jul 21- 26. UC Irvine
2012. July. MPI-BGC
2011. July. UC Irvine

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

W. M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Facility 
Department of Earth System Science
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3100, USA


Paleoclimate &
Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

J. Southon (jsouthon@uci.edu)
H. Martinez De La Torre (hamartin@uci.edu)
G. Santos (gdossant@uci.edu)
B321 Croul Hall
Phone: +1 949 824-3674

Marine Biogeochemistry
E. Druffel (edruffel@uci.edu)
S. Griffin (sgriffin@uci.edu)
2212 Croul Hall
Phone: +1 949 824-3286

Terrestrial Biogeochemistry,
Aerosol & MICADAS

X. Xu (xxu@uci.edu)
C. Czimczik (czimczik@uci.edu)
G. Santos (gdossant@uci.edu)
2222 & 2313 Croul Hall
Phone: +1 949 824-3444