Radiocarbon in Ecology and Earth System Science

July 24, 2016 - July 29, 2016

Students in the Radiocarbon Short Course

Click here to view the Preliminary Program.

Course goals

This course will expose participants to the uses of radiocarbon in ecology and earth system science. Classroom activities provide an overview of radiocarbon in the current and past global carbon cycle as well as in the atmosphere, oceans and terrestrial ecosystems. Hands-on activities focus on creating a tracer-free lab environment and avoiding contamination in the field and lab, collecting samples in the field, choosing standards and blanks, processing and analyzing samples in the laboratory, and analyzing and interpreting radiocarbon data.

Who should apply?

We seek participants with broad interests in ecology and earth system science who are planning on, or are currently, using radiocarbon techniques as part of their research, and wish to expand their understanding of this important and useful tool. This course is suitable for graduate students, postdocs and researchers, and welcomes others with a strong interest.

Logistics and costs

The course will be held at the Department of Earth System Science and W.M. Keck Accelerator Mass Spectrometer Laboratory (KCCAMS) located at the University of California in Irvine. The course starts on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 5pm and ends Friday, July 29, 2016 in the afternoon.

Participants will pay a lab fee of $500. In addition, participants will be responsible for their own transportation costs to and from UC Irvine, and for their own food and lodging cost at a nearby hotel. Participants will be offered group rates at select hotels. Please request the UCI Rate when booking. We recommend the Radisson Newport Beach or the Atrium as they have shuttle service to and from UCI and John Wayne Airport. A list of other participating hotels can be found here.

Who are the instructors?

This class is the result of a collaborative effort by the W.M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometer facility at the University of California, Irvine, the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany.

The deadline to apply has passed. If you are interested submitting a late application, please contact Claudia Czimczik.


Please contact Dr. Claudia Czimczik at

Course Organizers:

Claudia Czimczik, Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine, USA

Ted Schuur, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Northern Arizona University, AZ, USA

Susan Trumbore, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany

Special thanks to the W.M. Keck Foundation, whose generous funding helped make the AMS facility at UC Irvine possible.