In this third presentation of our 2013 Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Seminar Series, Ph.D. student in Anthropology Doug Sain will present a talk titled “Reconstructing Pleistocene Vegetation on the Basis of Pollen Analysis at the Topper Site, Allendale County, South Carolina” on March 5th from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room 401 of the Burchfiel Geography Building.
In this second presentation of our 2013 Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Seminar Series, Ph.D. student Lauren Stachowiak will discuss results from her M.S. research conducted in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico, while M.S. student Alex Dye will discuss results from his research on forest stand history of an old-growth forest on Rainy Mountain in northeastern Georgia.
In this first presentation of our 2013 Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Seminar Series, Thadeus Bissett and Matthew Kerr will share results from an IQPR seed project investigating the paleoclimate potential of archaeological shell middens.
Our own Dr. David G. Anderson of the IQPR and Professor in the Department of Anthropology gave an inspired presentation on February 3, 2012 at the McClung Museum Auditorium on research he conducts that is relevant to our Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research. His presentation was entitled “Archaeology and Climate Change Lessons from the Past for the Future.”
Dr. Kam-Biu Liu, Professor in the Department of Geography at Louisiana State University, visited the University of Tennessee in November 2011, co-sponsored by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Department of Geography. His November 17 presentation, of relevance to our Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research, was entitled, “Paleotempestology of the Pacific Coast of Mexico: Research Opportunities and Challenges.”
Visiting Professor, Dr. Nesibe Kose, University of Istanbul
Nesibe Kose of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Istanbul in Turkey visited the University between February and November 2011, hosted by Henri Grissino-Mayer and the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science. Dr. Kose is well-known for her work using tree rings to reconstruct past climate in the eastern Mediterranean Basin using Pinus nigra. While here at UT, Dr. Kose collaborated with Dr. Grissino-Mayer and his graduate students, resulting in 10 manuscripts, most submitted or ready to submit to peer-reviewed. Dr. Kose and Dr. Grissino-Mayer also will be collaborating on a new and unique study to reconstruct the century-scale history of past fires from the tree-ring record from black pines growing in western and central Turkey.
Mark Brenner, Professor of Geological Science, at the University of Florida, visited the University of Tennessee in January 2011 and gave two talks co-sponsored by the Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the Department of Geography. His research presentation was entitled “85,000 Years of Environmental Change on the Yucatan Peninsula.” Dr. Brenner also gave an informal lecture entitled, “What I’ve Learned About Publishing Research Articles as Editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology.” If you would like a copy of this presentation, contact Initiative Director Sally Horn.
Presentation by Dr. Douglas Fuller, University of Miami
Dr. Douglas Fuller, Professor in the Department of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami, visited the UT in November 2010, co-sponsored by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Department of Geography. His November 18 presentation, of relevance to our Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research, was entitled, “Fires, Deforestation, and Carbon Emissions in Indonesia.”
Dr. Steven Driese of Baylor University visited UT in October 2010, co-sponsored by our Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and spoke about his efforts to calibrate records of climate from soil carbonates. The title of his presentation was “Soil CO2 Measurements in Modern Vertisols and Implications for estimates of Paleoatmospheric CO2 from Pedogenic Carbonates.”
Dr. Donald Sullivan of the University of Denver visited UT in October 2010 and gave a research presentation sponsored by the Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research on his work interpreting Late Pleistocene and Holocene climate from sediment records in Colorado. The title of his presentation was “High-Resolution Loss-on-Ignition Sampling as a Paleoenvironmental Proxy.” Dr. Sullivan is now collaborating with Zheng-Hua Li in isotope studies of these records, a direct outcome of his visit sponsored by the Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research!
Dr. David Anderson, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UT, and faculty member in the IQPR, gave a colloquium presentation on October 15, 2010 to the Department of Geography. Entitled, “Recent Research on the Peopling of the Americas,” Dr. Anderson’s talk emphasized possible links between climate and human migrations and activities. He also introduced the audience to his Cumberland River/MidSouth PaleoIndian Project at Bells Bend near Nashville, an archaeological project that is the focus of one of our IQPR seed projects.
Social Event for the Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research
On August 27, 40-some faculty, graduate students, and significant others celebrated our new initiative at a social event at Henri Grissino-Mayer’s home. As part of our objective of reaching out to involve additional faculty members in our ORU, we invited eight faculty members whose research could or already does relate to our focus of Quaternary climae and environmental change. Five of these faculty attended. These were: Gabriela Cabana from Anthropology, Glenn Tootle from Environmental and Civil Engineering, Carol Harden from Geography, and Aimee Classen and Brandon Matheny from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Jan Simek, Daniel Simberloff, and Chris Fedo were unable to attend. Gabriela and Glenn brought students along.
July 2010 Meeting
Faculty in town met on July 23, 2010 to celebrate and discuss directions for our newly funded Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research. Attendees were Sally Horn, Larry McKay, Dave Finkelstein, Zheng-Hua Li, Darrin Hulsey, and Henri Grissino-Mayer. During the meeting, we decided to begin working toward Center status, and discussed possible seed projects. Henri Grissino-Mayer will develop a web page modeled after his web page for the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science. John Sakulich, GRA for our Initiative, attended the last part of the meeting to introduce himself to the group.