LLO is involved with the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project. This collaborative project is recovering detailed environmental records by drilling into lake sediments adjacent to sites in Kenya and Ethiopia where our early ancestors are known to have lived, focusing on time intervals during which significant evolutionary changes and/or innovations in tool use are preserved in fossil and archeological records. At LLO we are working to undertake continuous XRF scanning of the entire sequence. This dataset will give us the first look at how climate variation is recorded in these sediments and will thus provide a basis for optimizing strategies for more costly and labor-intensive analyses. There are opportunities for graduate student projects at MS or PhD levels. Contact Erik Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org; 218 726-8891) for details.
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Graduate Studies Opportunity at LLO