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Papers in press: Isotopic investigations of ion exchange in barite

Looking off the fantail

Two studies published by Jule Middleton documenting the rates, sensitivities, and barium-isotopic consequences of ion exchange in barite. The first paper investigated how fast and how much ion exchange affected the isotope composition of barium in barite–fluid systems. We did this by performing laboratory experiments under marine-relevant conditions. The main findings are that ion exchange…

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Welcome Margot!

Margot Debyser

We are pleased to welcome Margot Debyser, Postdoctoral Investigator, to the NIRVANA Labs! Margot will be leading lab efforts to constrain the cycling of radium and barium isotopes along the US GEOTRACES GP17 transect with Matt Charette and Tristan Horner.

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Gathering at Goldschmidt

Goldschmidt 2022 Logo

Several team members from the NIRVANA Labs are presenting their research at the 2022 Goldschmidt Conference in Honolulu HI this week, including: East Greenland’s rising impact on the marine silicon cycle constrained by silicon isotopes, presented by Georgi Laukert (Monday 11th, 11:15 HST) Barium isotope fractionation during ion exchange at the barite-fluid interface: Implications for…

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A Day at the Museum

NIRVANA Lab at Museum of Science, Boston

Jurek, Logan, Iulia, Peter, and Tristan were at the Museum of Science, Boston for: “An Encounter with Isotopes, ICP, Lasers, and Mass Spectrometry.” We learned about laser ablation, the Neoma MS/MS MC-ICP-MS, and recent developments in measuring the isotope composition of intact molecules. Thank you to ThermoFisher Scientific for the day out!

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Northeast Geobiology Symposium 2022

NE GeoBio 2022 Logo

Öykü Mete is at the Northeastern Geobiology Symposium presenting her research looking at the marine distribution of barium (Poster Session #1). Poster info: Mete, Ö.Z., H.H. Kim, A.G. Dunlea, A.V. Subhas, and T.J. Horner (2022). Dissolved distribution of barium in seawater and its relationship to silicon.  

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Congratulations Dr. Middleton!

Jule Middleton Defense Cake

Congratulations to Dr. Jule Middleton, who today successfully defended their thesis entitled: Barium isotope cycling in the marine environment: Pathways of fractionation and implications for paleoceanographic applications. Amazing work! The thesis can be accessed here, via DSpace@MIT.

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Paper in press: Margins matter for the Arctic barium budget

GN01 Barium Isotope Data

What controls the distribution of dissolved barium in the Arctic? This is the question we tried to answer in a recent study led by Laura Whitmore. The study integrates measurements of dissolved and particulate barium and barium isotope compositions measured on samples collected during four GEOTRACES Arctic expeditions in 2015—GN01, GN02, GN03, and GN04 (HLY1502,…

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Writing Retreat 2022

Lab Writing Retreat Group Photo

Seven members of the NIRVANA Labs gathered at the Old Red Farm Inn in Little Harbor, Wareham, for a Writing Retreat—the first group retreat since 2019. Lots of exciting projects coming down the pipeline!

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We are hiring!


We are looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the team to study the cycling of radium and/or barium isotopes in the Southern Ocean as part of GEOTRACES GP17. The initial appointment would be for 18 months with the possibility of renewal for a further 18 months. Review of applications will begin on February…

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NIRIVANA at AGU Fall Meeting 2021

AGU 2021

Be sure to check out the following NIRVANA presentations at AGU 2021: Barium in seawater: An isotopic perspective (OS25E-1044), Tuesday, 14 December, 16:00 – 18:00 in Poster Hall D-F The role of P-rich precursors in barite formation in the ocean (OS25E-1046), Tuesday, 14 December, 16:00 – 18:00 in Poster Hall, D-F Putting productivity proxies to…

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