Dane O’Neil’s Summer Research Summary

Dane O’Neil’s Summer Research Summary

This past summer, I entered an 8-week fellowship program through Union, and during this time was fortunate enough to embark on a 3-week field season to the Huaguruncho Massif in the Peruvian Andes. The field team consisted of me and two others from Union, Professor Don Rodbell and fellow senior classmate Grace Delgado, along with three from the University of New Hampshire, two graduate students and Professor Joe Licciardi. The aim of our collective project is to analyze Quaternary climate change through cosmogenic radionuclide dating as well as through lake core extraction. Currently I am now sampling the lake cores for radiocarbon and calcite, and hope to run stable isotopes samples by the end of the term. The work that I’ve done and will continue to do through the winter will constitute the bulk of the research for my thesis.