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Free Webinar: What is Biogenic Apatite?

Beta Analytic and Isobar Science invite researchers interested in oxygen isotope analysis to view this FREE webinar:
Biogenic Apatite: Oxygen Isotope Analysis
Live Webinar: Sept. 20, 2022 (Available on demand)
Speaker: Maren Pauly, PhD (Beta Analytic & Isobar Science Scientific Associate)


researchers interested in biogenic apatite analysisWebinar Topics include:

  • An introduction to isotopes;
  • Biogenic Apatite (CaPO4) Isotope Analysis: bones and teeth; 
  • Application examples in archaeology, paleoclimatology, paleontology, and anthropology studies.

Oxygen isotopes in bones and teeth of humans and other organisms can provide a signal of seasonal and annual precipitation, altitude, significant weather events, humidity, migration, thermoregulation, growth rate, drought resistance/susceptibility and preference for C3 vs C4 plants in diet, diagenesis, and even tectonics. 

The speaker, Dr. Maren Pauly, will also discuss sample collection best practices and Isobar Science’s sample submission protocol. Dr. Arash Sharifi (Isobar Science VP of Laboratory Operations) and Mr. Keiran Swart (Isobar Science Laboratory Specialist) will also be available during the Q&A session.

Dr. Pauly is a paleoclimatologist who completed her PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research experience includes reconstructing climate from modern corals and subfossil tree-rings as well as Late Glacial radiocarbon calibration. She completed her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Biogenic Apatite (CaPO4) Isotope Analysis Now Available

Isobar Science started accepting bones and teeth samples for biogenic apatite analysis last month. The lab uses a Thermo Scientific high-temperature conversion elemental analyzer with zero-blank autosampler coupled with an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (TC/EA-IRMS) for the analysis. 

Phosphate results are reported as δ18O corrected to VSMOW (Vienna Standard Mean Ocean Water) with uncertainties for each sample measurement presented as the 95% confidence interval. 

The lab requires a sample size of about 30 mg for non-ashed bones and teeth and 50 mg for ashed bones. For price inquiries, please contact Isobar Science.

Isobar Science is a subsidiary of radiocarbon dating laboratory Beta Analytic.

Free Webinars

You might also be interested in these webinars available on demand:

C14 vs U-Th Dating – Undecided which method is best for your bone samples?
Strontium Isotopes Analysis
Introduction to Lead (Pb) Isotopes and Applications

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This entry was posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2022 and is filed under Beta Analytic Updates, Beta Analytic Webinars .