HiRes2017: High-Resolution Proxies of Paleoclimate

18.06 - 22.06.2017  
Madison, WI, USA
Contact person:
WiscSIMS Laboratory, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Division of Earth Science US NSF-sponsored workshop "HiRes2017: High-Resolution Proxies of Paleoclimate" will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, from 18-22 June 2017.


SIMS and laser techniques provide a new level of climate resolution through analysis of isotope ratio and trace element compositions at micron-scale. In situ analysis permits correlation of imaging with geochemistry and selection of features that could not otherwise be interrogated. These recent advances yield improved temporal resolution and promise an important new level of understanding for many paleoclimate proxies. Sub-annual to sub-daily resolution is possible for many proxies facilitating studies of seasonality or animal growth and migration.

The workshop will be conducted in parallel with tutorial demonstrations of the IMS-1280 Ion Microprobe in the WiscSIMS Lab.

Workshop aims

The goals of the meeting are to explore new capabilities and new applications of in situ analysis to paleoclimate and to acquaint participants with SIMS techniques.

Keynote speakers (others pending)

- Melanie Beasley (Dept. of Anthropology, UC-San Diego)
- Thure Cerling, Dept of Geology, Univ. of Utah. "Stable Isotope Answers to Problems of Biological and Terrestrial Records"
- Jennifer Fehrenbacher (CEOAS, Oregon State Univ.)
- Thomas Helser, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, Seattle. "Trace Elements, Isotopes and Growth Increments: Paleoclimate and Fish Otoliths"
- Kathleen Johnson (Dept. of Earth System Science, UC-Irvine)
- Reinhard Kozdon, Lamont Doherty Observatory, Columbia University. "In situ analysis of foraminiferal shells by SIMS and EPMA: What have we learned in the past decade? A résumé and outlook"
- Zhengyu Liu, Dept of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sci., University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Understanding the temporal slope of temperature–d18O effect"
- Shaun Marcott, Dept of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Heinrich Events, Oxygen Isotopes, and Foraminifera: What can SIMS do for you?"
- Wolfgang Muller, Dept of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway, Univ. of London. "The Role of Laser-Ablation Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-(MC-)ICPMS) in Palaeoclimate Research - Principles and Applications"

SIMS Tutorials

- Noriko Kita, WiscSIMS. "SIMS Basics"
- Kouki Kitajima, WiscSIMS. "Live-Demonstration, SIMS Stable Isotope Analysis"
- Ian Orland, WiscSIMS. "Analysis of Speleothems & Biocarbonates"
- John Valley, WiscSIMS. "Accuracy vs. Precision by SIMS"


Sunday 18 June
17:00 Reception & barbecue in Weeks Hall Courtyard & WiscSIMS Lab Open House

Monday 19 June to Wednesday 21 June
Meetings will include:
- Presentations by WiscSIMS personnel on overview of SIMS principles and operation, sample preparation, and examples of in situ stable isotope analysis in proxy climate records, including speleothems, foraminifera, mollusks, otoliths, and teeth.
- Keynote lectures, talks and posters are invited that explore high-resolution studies of paleoclimate proxies and potential new applications.
- Workshop banquet Tuesday 20 June.


Registration is free, with a deadline of 7 May (extended from 1 May). Register via Google Forms:

Further information

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Read about the previous HiRes Workshops in 2013 and 2015 here:

This event is hosted by WiscSIMS Laboratory, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison: