Master’s Programme in Geology and Geophysics is responsible for the course.
The course is available to students from other degree programmes (if not full, max. number of participants 15).
B.Sc. or equivalent studies completed, Isotope geochemistry course. Ground level knowledge of basic concepts of chemistry, (radioactive) dating methods and stable isotopes is recommendable.
The course will provide the student a comprehensive understanding of the possibilities and limitations of using radiocarbon and stable isotopic and dendrochronological techniques in studies of past ecosystems and cultures. In addition the student will have practical skills (laboratory methods, Bayesian calibration methods) and experience in data interpretation and reporting related to the application of these techniques.
The course is offered every other year in period III (2018, 2020)
Lectures will cover the use of the most common stable isotope techniques in the study of paleoecology and -climatology, radiocarbon dating methodology within the Baltic Sea region involving reservoir effects and Bayesian chronological modelling. During the course the students get an overview of methodologies used in quantifying the past in a multidisciplinary research environment supported by the Laboratory of Chronology of the Finnish Museum of Natural History, the Geosciences isotope laboratory and the Accelerator Mass Spectrometry lab at the Kumpula Campus . Particularly, they will be trained to understand the potential of radiocarbon and stable isotopic methodologies, to build Bayesian chronological models (OxCal), to use stable isotope analytical methods, and complete research projects introducing them to the covered issues.
Topical peer-reviewed articles involving case studies, stable isotope text book: Sharp, Z. - Principles of Stable Isotope Geochemistry (pdf-copy will be distributed to all students)
Introductory lectures, supervised planning of student research projects and laboratory work, learning diary, reporting of research project.
Graded 1-5, learning diary (50%), research project report (50%)
Contact teaching (80% attendance required) including lectures, instructed laboratory work, group work session. Independent learning, involving e.g. reading topical research articles, keeping a learning diary and completion of student research projects. Course completion scheme: learning diary, individual written report and group presentation of the research projects.