Monthly Archives: May 2016

Jody Wycech, past intern and present Geochemistry Ph.D.


Jody Wycech checked in with us recently.  She completed an analytical chemistry internship at Michigan State University-Bioeconomy Institute in the summer of 2012, and is now a Geochemistry Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Jody reconstructs past ocean-climate conditions using the geochemistry of the calcite shells of marine microfossils (foraminifera). She specifically investigates how reactions on the seafloor, diagenesis, affect the shell chemistry and derived paleoclimate records using in situ techniques such as electron probe microanalysis and secondary ion mass spectrometry.

PETM Crystallite_v1

Secondary electron scanning electron microscopy image of a 55.5 million year old foraminiferal shell that lived in the upper water column attached to an inorganically precipitated calcite crystal formed after the shell’s deposition on the seafloor. The two mineral phases have distinct geochemical signatures, and can be separately analyzed with in situ techniques to more accurately reconstruct past ocean conditions.

Great to hear from you, Jody!

Andrew Harrison, Fulbright Scholar

A huge congratulations to Andrew Harrison from everyone at the OESL lab.  Andrew was awarded a Fulbright grant to study wind power generation and its impact on the local population in Denmark.  His work will be used to mitigate the effects of turbines on the people and environment close to them.

Also, thanks for your work here at the lab.  Andrew developed the first flow cell battery prototype for us.

We can say we knew you when you were still drawing on your head…

Andrew christmas 2015