New PaleoLab logo!

posted Sep 1, 2016, 12:57 PM by Kendra McLauchlan

In addition to doing a lot of good science recently, we have generated a new logo for our lab. Many thanks to Bérangère Leys for designing it!

Apply for the Novus III workshop!

posted Jan 12, 2016, 8:28 PM by Kendra McLauchlan   [ updated Jan 12, 2016, 8:48 PM ]

Novus Workshop 3 : Biogeochemical responses to ecosystem disturbances from decadal to millennial time scales

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

May 16-21, 2016

The Novus Research Coordination Network focuses on integrating long and short timescale approaches to understanding ecosystem response to disturbance. We are organizing a workshop to bring together researchers on this topic, and we invite you now to apply for a limited number of available openings to participate in the workshop. The deadline for application is Friday 22, January 2016.

The workshop format is an active technique exchange among paleoecologists, dendrochronologists, and neo-ecosystem ecologists in an oak-savanna environment.

These oak ecosystems are important because of their many ecological and economical values. However, they are highly-threatened due partly to historical fire suppression. Although prescribed fires are used to help regenerate and restore the oak-savanna ecosystem, the past fire regime of this area is not well-understood, nor is the role of nutrient and carbon cycling. The workshop theme is about the fire regimes of the oak-savanna ecosystem and the biogeochemical consequences at short and long temporal scales.

The workshop will be an entire week, with three days in the field, at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, and three days in labs at the University of Minnesota processing samples.

More information about our RCN:, and about Cedar Creek Reserve:

To apply to attend the workshop, please send an email to Berangere Leys <> by Friday 22, January 2016, containing:

-       Your name, affiliation and address

-       Your position and career stage (PhD student, postdoc, professor, manager…)

-       Your area of expertise

-       The ideas and questions that interest you regarding the topic of the workshop and the study site

-       The tools and techniques you are familiar with, and you would like to integrate into the workshop

 Funding is available for a limited number of applicants whose research interests match Novus RCN topics. We will review your application and notify you shortly thereafter.

New personnel, grants, and projects in 2015

posted Jan 23, 2015, 7:42 PM by Kendra McLauchlan   [ updated Jan 23, 2015, 7:43 PM ]

Check out the "People" and "Publications" pages here, or our Facebook site (Paleo-Environmental Lab) for the latest updates.

Now hiring a postdoc!

posted Jun 12, 2014, 1:40 PM by Kendra McLauchlan

Postdoctoral Position in Temporal Scaling of Ecosystem Processes. A postdoctoral position is available focused on the temporal aspects of interactions among biogeochemistry, paleoecology, and global change. The primary responsibilities associated with this position are: (1) to assist with coordination of a diverse and broad network of researchers in the U.S. and elsewhere, and (2) to conduct independent research on the biogeochemical consequences of ecosystem change at decadal to multi-millennial timescales. The minimum required qualification is a doctoral degree in a relevant ecological, Earth, or environmental science. This position is funded by a Research Coordination Network grant from the National Science Foundation to integrate paleo-and neo-ecosystem ecology, especially biogeochemical responses to disturbance ( Thus, the ideal candidate would have a background in paleoecology, ecosystem ecology, or both. Experience with GIS, programming, and/or elemental analysis is also desirable. Specific duties include development of an independent research project, organization of workshops, communication with network participants, acquisition and/or analysis of data, presentation of research findings at professional meetings, potential collaboration with faculty from a variety of institutions, and preparation of manuscripts. This position is based at the Department of Geography at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A. with several travel opportunities. The position is a term position. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications; benefits are included. To apply, applicants should send a CV, a cover letter including future research and career goals, and the names and contact information for three professional references as a single pdf to Dr. Kendra McLauchlan ( with the subject line “Novus postdoctoral position.” Review of applications will begin July 7, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. The target start date is August 25, 2014. A background check is required. Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees. Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

Lab activities

posted Nov 23, 2013, 1:01 PM by Kendra McLauchlan   [ updated Nov 23, 2013, 1:02 PM ]

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