A pollen short course. The best way to spend early June!

This summer I will be working with Jacquelyn Gill and Andrea Nurse in beautiful Orono, Maine to deliver a workshop for researchers interested in using both modern and fossil pollen as part of their research. Pollen has a long and fantastic history in the scientific literature. It is used in biomedical, paleoecological, forensic, evolutionary, agricultural and nutritional research, but as with any specialized tool, pollen requires training to learn how to collect, process and analyze it properly. The workshop is supported by the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, and by the PalEON Project.

We will be leading participants through collection, processing and analysis of pollen, using both fossil and modern samples. We will be using R and some specialized tools to do the statistical analysis, and I’ll walk people through some of the newer features of Neotoma as part of the course. This is also an opportunity for early career researchers to make connections outside their home institutions with others who are engaged in the incredibly exciting world of palynological analysis! (I’m allowed to talk up my field right?)

One feature of this workshop that I’m really excited about are the evening mini-courses. These are focused on providing an introduction to early career researchers about topics that relate more to the sociology of science. What is open science? How do scientists use social media to improve outreach? How do I make the most of interdisciplinary collaboration?

If you’re interested in the course please feel free to contact any of us, and be sure to get your application in by April 15, 2014. We’re looking forward to seeing you!



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Assistant scientist in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Studying paleoecology and the challenges of large data synthesis.

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