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Stable Isotope Techniques in Ecology and Hydrology

posted May 15, 2018, 12:36 PM by Ulrik Ilstedt

Ph.D. course, 3 cr., 14-18 May 2018, SLU Umeå, Sweden

Stable isotopes are safe, powerful, and omnipresent. Differences in their natural abundance can often be interpreted as ecological or physiological signals. Labeling experiments can lead to even stronger inferences. But designing such experiments and interpreting their results requires a bit of training. From the arcane terminology to the models we use to make inferences, there are thresholds that need to be crossed. This course is designed to help.

It is aimed at Ph.D. students working in ecology and hydrology. The instructors are a group of established researchers in the fields of ecosystem ecology, watershed hydrology, and plant physiological ecology.  Although the topics are general, many of the examples will be drawn from forested landscapes at high latitudes.

The distinctive features of this course are its instructors, its emphasis on a common set of simple spreadsheet calculations, its exposure to advanced instrumentation, and its location in beautiful Umeå, northern Sweden. If you are interested or you need more information, please contact