The following courses are available in 1998 - 1999, and anyone interested
are encouraged to write to Catherine Dalton ([log in to unmask]) for
further details at:-
26 Bedford Way,
London WC1H OAP
Tel: +44 (0)171 380 7575
Fax: +44 (0)171 380 7565O or view our web site:
(i) INTRODUCTION TO OSTRACOD ANALYSIS
(Dr J. Holmes; Kingston University)
Course dates: 22nd - 24th February 1999
Course Fees: £180
Ostracods are small aquatic bivalved crustaceans with calcite shells that
are often preserved well in Quaternary sediments. The aim of this 3 day
course is to provide participants with a theoretical and practical
understanding of the role of ostracods in Quaternary palaeoenvironmental
reconstruction. Particular emphasis is placed on non-marine ostracods and
their application to Quaternary palaeolimnology.
(ii) INTRODUCTION TO BENTHIC FORAMINIFERA ANALYSIS
Course dates: 25th - 26th February 1999
Course Fees: £120
Foraminifera are among the most abundant and widely distributed
microfossils in Cenozoic marine sediments, and are found in environments
ranging from the high marshes to the deep ocean. Quantitative analysis of
planktonic and benthic foraminifera is a useful tool in many branches of
marine science, particularly important for biostratigraphy and interpreting
past environments. The aim
of the course is to provide a primer on the study of planktonic and benthic
foraminifera, and to give examples of how foraminifera can be used as
(iii) INTRODUCTION TO DENDROCHRONOLOGY AND DENDROCLIMATOLOGY
February 18th - 19th 1999
Dr M.C. Bridge (Institute of Archaeology)
Tree-ring dating of standing buildings, archaeological timbers, and
landscape events (floods, fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions etc.) has
become a widely used technique, giving far greater dating resolution than
just about any other. It is important however that those who wish to use
this methodology understand both its strengths and limitations. Similarly,
tree-rings characteristics (width, density, chemical composition) are
extensively used as proxy data sets for reconstructing past environmental
conditions at a range of temporal and spatial scales.
The aim of this course will be explain the basic techniques commonly used,
discuss their limitations, and explore the wealth of information which has
been, and may be, derived from tree-rings.
Baillie, M.G.L. 1995. A Slice Through Time: dendrochronology and precision
dating. B.T. Batsford Ltd, London. 176pp.
Bradley, R. 1985. Quaternary Paleoclimatology. Chapt 10. Allen & Unwin.
Eckstein, D., Baillie, M.G.L. & Egger, H. 1984. Dendrochronological Dating.
Handbook for Archaeologists No.2, European Science Foundation:
Fritts, H. 1976. Tree Rings and Climate. Academic Press: London. 567pp.
Hillam, J. 1998 Dendrochronology: Guidelines on producing and interpreting
dendrochronological dates. Ancient Monuments Laboratory. English Heritage,
Schweingruber, F.H. 1988. Tree Rings. Reidel: Dordrecht. 276pp.
Simon Dobinson Tel: 0171 504 5536
Environmental Change Research Centre Fax: 0171 380 7565
University College London email: [log in to unmask]
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