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17 January 2008 - Shawn McKenzie (M.Sc. candidate) will present a talk titled "Stable isotope values of Ostracoda: Evidence for climate variability in Ireland" at 1200 in Geology 308. The abstract for Shwan's talk is available here.

December 2007 - Dr Jim Buckee, retired CEO of Talisman Energy Inc., announced a personal contribution of $100,000 towards climate change research at the Saskatchewan Isotope Laboratory. This award will form part of the James Buckee Research Support Program.

December 2007 - Bill Patterson received recognition as the Best Professor for 2007, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Geological Sciences

18 December 2007 - Bruce Eglington presented a short course on "Practical Time Series Analysis" at the University of Regina.

16 November 2007 - Chris Holmden presented a talk at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, titled "Calcium Isotope Cycling in a Boreal Forest Ecosystem".

12 October 2007 - Talisman Energy Inc. CEO, Dr. Jim Buckee, announced a $300,000 donation to the University's Saskatchewan Isotope Laboratory, during an event at the U of S.



The funding, which creates the James Buckee Research Support Program, will enable SIL researchers to delve deeper into the details of climate variation.

"By unraveling historical climate change, we begin to understand both the natural and unexpected climates that have occurred in the past", said Dr. Buckee. "The importance of this is not only how it places current changes within normal climate fluctuations, but also its impact on how we should react."

September 2007 - Bill Patterson presented a talk titled "A Recent Dietary Shift in Adélie Penguins Based on Stable Isotopes in Eggshell", at the VI International Penguin Conference, Hobart, Tasmania. Bill's co-author on the presentation was S. Emslie.

August 2007 - Bill Patterson presented a talk titled "Sea Ice and sagas: stable isotope evidence for two millennia of North Atlantic seasonality on the north Icelandic shelf" at the Arctic Natural Climate Change Workshop, Tromsø Norway. Bill's co-authors on the presentation were Kristin Dietrich and Chris Holmden.

August 2007 - Bill Patterson presented a talk titled "Two Millennia of Seasonal temperature Variation at Vestfjirdir Iceland: stable isotope evidence from bivalves, and implications for Viking populations" at a conference on Stable Isotopes in Archaeological Midden Shells: High-Resolution Paleoclimatic and Paleoenvironmental Archives, held in Hamilton, Ontario. Bill's co-authors on the presentation were Kristin Dietrich and Chris Holmden.

17-19 August 2007 - Bruce Eglington presented talks on time series analysis of global igneous activity (utilising data compiled in the "DateView" international geochronology database) and on the capabilities of the IGCP 509 database system at a workshop in Beijing, China. The workshop was held in conjunction with the International Symposium on Precambrian Chronology and Tectonic Evolution.

April 2007 - The University of Saskatchewan, through its Research Services division, announced that it would provide a Strategic Research Grant valued at $375,000, to Bill Patterson, Chris Holmden and Bruce Eglington to support the SIL during 2007-2010.

March 2007 - Kristin Dietrich successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis.

11-16 February 2007 - Bruce Eglington, Steve Reddy (Curtin U., Perth, Australia) and Dave Evans (Yale U., New Haven, USA) held a workshop at Yale to formulate a database for use in the IGCP 509 project "Palaeoproterozoic Tectonics and Global Evolution". The web interface to this database is available from the IGCP 509 web site and from the databases page of the SIL web site.

February 2007 - Bill Patterson presented a talk titled "Seasonal temperature reconstructions at Vestfjirdir Iceland over the last 2400 years: stable isotope evidence from bivalves, and implications for Viking populations" to the Saskatoon branch of CIM.

July 2006 - European Science Foundation - EUROCORES research support award of
€492,473 ($ 715,415 CAD) for the period 2006-2009. Northern Narratives: Social and Geographical Accounts from Norway, Iceland, and Canada. Principal Investigators for this grant are Olgilvie, A., Patterson, W.P., Jonsdottir, I. and Einarsson, N.

November 2005 - Kristin Dietrich was awarded her M.Sc. for a thesis titled "Pliocene Climate Change on Ellesmere Island, Canada: Annual Variability from Stable Isotope Values of Fossil Wood".

April 2006 - SSHRC research grant of $181,970 for the period 2006-2009. Northern Narratives: Social and Geographical Accounts from Norway, Iceland, and Canada. Principal Investigator for this grant is W.P. Patterson.

March 2006 - Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences research grant of $299,360 for the period 2006-2009 awarded to Bill Patterson, Chris Holmen and Bruce Eglington and the Saskatchewan Isotope Laboratory. The project title is "High-resolution Holocene climate derived from lacustrine sediment, tree ring cellulose, and speleothems: stable isotope evidence from organic and inorganic proxy material".

November 2005 - Adam Csank was awarded his M.Sc. for a thesis titled "Pliocene Climate Change on Ellesmere Island, Canada: Annual Variability from Stable Isotope Values of Fossil Wood".

7 October 2005 - Adam Csank (M.Sc. candidate) will present a talk titled "Annual climate variability in the Late Tertiary Canadian Arctic, what tree-rings and isotopes can tell us about ancient climates" at 1600 in Geology 155.

September 2005 - Chris Holmden and collaborators in the United States have been awarded $557,000 over five years from NSF. They plan to study the Hirnantian glaciation, which occurred about 430 million years ago, and which coincided with atmospheric carbon dioxide levels 12-16 times higher than today a situation that should have led to high temperatures through the greenhouse effect.

May 2005 - Aaron Diefendorf, has won the prestigious Biogeochemical Research Initiative for Education award administered by the National Science Foundation. The award covers tuition at a University of his choice in the U.S. and provides a yearly stipend of $30K. Aaron will be starting a Ph.D at Penn State.

April 2005 - Aaron Diefendorf successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis, titled "Late-glacial to Holocene Climate Variability in western Ireland".

11 April 2005
April 2005 - Chris Holmden has given two invited presentations on ongoing research to the Earth Sciences Departments at the University of Western Ontario (January 28th) and Northwestern University in Chicago (April 8th). The title of his seminar at both places was "Sm-Nd and C-isotope chemostratigraphy in epeiric sea successions and their relationship to sea level".