Landscapes of Deep Time in the Red Earth of France: Research Training in Paleoclimate

Principal Investigator Information

Gerilyn “Lynn” Soreghan
Geology and Geophysics
OU/France
franceires@ou.edu
http://franceires.lsoreghan.oucreate.com/Research/


Funding Available for Qualified Students?: 
Yes

Project Information

Summary and Designated Tasks: 

Were the tropical mountains of Pangea glaciated 300 Million years ago? How did tropical climate evolve as earth transitioned to ice-free conditions after the Late Paleozoic Ice Age? About 300 Million years ago, Earth was locked in an intense glaciation, the so-called “Late Paleozoic Ice Age.” The termination of that “icehouse” records Earth’s most recent example of a transition to an ice-free world. This research project focuses on detecting tropical climate conditions in the paleo-mountains of France during this key period of Earth history, and involves sedimentology of red bed and associated sediments from this time.

Timeline and Duration: 

2018 Program Dates • Application deadline: March 1, 2018 • Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2018 • Deadline to accept or decline: March 31, 2018 For accepted students (tentative dates): • On-campus research preparation (~1 week): mid-May • France field work (~4 weeks): May-June • On-campus research completion (~1 week): June

Preferred Skills: 

Applicants must be undergraduates in geoscience (e.g. geology, geophysics, or an allied discipline– e.g. physical geography, meteorology, environmental science, other physical sciences). Owing to the focus of the IRES program, undergraduates from groups traditionally under-represented in STEM disciplines, especially students of Native American heritage, are particularly encouraged to apply, as well as those who may be first-generation college students.

Additional Comments: 

Application instructions are available at the website link above, once there visit "how to apply." • Participate in an introduction to the research in mid-May (online participation can be arranged for non-OU students); • Come to Norman, OK in May 2018 for trip preparation, travel to France for field work (4 weeks), and return to Norman for writeup; • Develop mentoring and advising relationships with faculty at the University of Oklahoma, and at their home institution to learn more about transferring, opportunities for advanced study, and careers in the STEM disciplines; • Receive a stipend of $2,500 plus lodging, meal, and travel expenses; • Be encouraged and mentored to present research at a scientific conference.