Random pics from the 2015 workshop at University of Sydney
1 Checking on plant growth
2 Dinner on the balcony
3 The workshop location in Cobbity
4 In the teaching area
5 Dr. Barbour giving a sweet talk on carbon.
6 Dr. Graham Farquhar (one of the “isopopes”) giving his take on diffusional limitations theory.
7 Emergency coffee deliveries
8 Part of the FACE experiment at Western Sydney University - open enriched CO2 chamber.
9 Hearing about the FACE experiment
10 Another view of FACE at WSU
11 Just a little bit of carbon dioxide for FACE
12 Kwality Indian Curries for dinner. So. Much. Food. Must. Stop.
13 And no Stable Isotope course is complete without a late night measurement and balance session. Here Stefan is weighing out hair samples for C and N isotope analysis. We’re pretty sure Julian (Ultra-vegan) is going to plot just above algae.
14 Day 4 was more lectures and preparing and processing samples. Here a student preps roots in a coffee grinder before putting them into a ball mill.
15 Grinding samples for analysis.
16 The soil respiration partitioning experiment in the controlled environment facility (CEF). Thats a lot of flow regulators…
17 The French guard their wine aggressively. Pascal was enjoying the end of a long day.
18 Fruit bats fly by in the evening
19 Sunset over the Cobbity countryside
20 Francesca talks a about n-alkanes and stable isotopes and the PETM.
21 Picnic lunch on the balcony
22 Some go well - some don't ...
23 The soils group going over data, calculating soil/root fraction contributions to total soil respiration.
24 Me (Nathan) supervising students. Hard work for a Saturday.
25 According to 15N I’m the top predator in the class and Julian is just above algae.
26 After the pub, there is still work to do, late into the evening.
27 Preparing talks before presentations in the morning.
28 A big thank you to Margaret Barbour for organizing and leading the SIBS workshop. She did a great job and everyone walked away greatly enriched (that’s an isotope joke).
29 Students relaxing before the trip back to Adelaide.
30 The two Richards in the class, also known as R-squared.
31 It's hard to believe THAT was in the salad at lunch ...
32 Group photo at the Western Sydney FACE
33 University accommodation at Cobbity
34 Lined up to learn ...
35 Hilary Stuart-Williams explains the mysteries of life, the universe and isotope mass spectrometers.
36 Jon Evans cheerleading for isotopes
37 A great dinner at Barenz, from left to right, Richard, Doña Ana, Eliza, Briany, Courtney (I’ll learn everyone’s last name’s tomorrow, ha!)