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The Geo-Biosciences Advanced E-Learning Academy: A NERC supported online learning space dedicated to geochemical, biochemical and geochronological methods for UK science.

K-Ar and Ar/Ar geochronology

Learning aims: This course will demonstrate best practice for the collection and analysis of geological samples that can be dated using the Ar-Ar method. It provides the theory behind the technique and the practical knowledge to collect, analyse and interpret data resulting from Ar isotope analysis. Learning outcomes: At the end of this course, students […]

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Cosmogenic Nuclides

Understanding the age of formation of glacial landforms is essential for providing context to modern rates of change in glaciated landscapes, and the extent of human impact on the changing Arctic, Antarctic, and high altitude environments. By quantifying the nuclides produced in rocks by cosmic rays we can determine how long a rock has been […]

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Stable Isotopes in Ecology

This course will focus on the use of stable isotopes to understand modern ecology. We will cover experimental design, sample collection and analysis, and best practise for data management. We will focus on a range of trophic studies to compare urban and rural habitats and diet, and this affects population health. We will use the […]

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BOSCORF cores

Sediment Core Analysis: XRF

This course will cover a range of non-destructive approaches to geochemical analysis of sediment cores, to include marine, terrestrial and lacustrine materials, in addition to a range of novel sample types that can also be analysed in this way. We will cover the range of widely available XRF scanners, including the Itrax, Avaatech, Geotek and […]

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About GAEA

The Geo-Biosciences Advanced E-Learning Academy is a project led by the National Environmental Isotopes Facility and the British Ocean Sediment Core Research facility. These facilities have created bespoke courses, each focussed on a specific analytical method. The curriculum for each course covers all aspects of analysis from planning sample collection, how to store and prepare samples, the details of analytical procedures and how to correctly evaluate, calibrate and publish data. In addition to the courses, a selection of key skills for science videos are included, and will be supplemented with webinars and presentations, all supported by a online community with contributors from each of the facilities.

Courses are currently provided free to all users, those with an active .ac.uk email address can access instant enrollment, users from non-UK institutes can also access all resources for free, but an additional registration step is required, use the contact form for details.

Why enrol?

Enrolment gives you access to all courses provided by the partner facilities and access to community support through dedicated forums moderated by facility staff. Additional skills modules, webinars, 3D tours and blog posts are also available, and we will begin to host regular webinars from research staff in December, 2022.

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BGS Min Prep

BGS Mineral Preparation Facility

November 22, 2022

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BGS Microscope Lab

BGS Microscope and Drill Laboratory

November 22, 2022

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Experience: A three month internship at the NEIF Argon Isotope Facility

November 07, 2022

Post contributed by Rhiannon Rees – final year PhD student at the University of Southampton I am a final year geology PhD student at the University [...]

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Use the menus to show which courses are currently open for enrolment, the K-Ar and Ar/Ar geochronology course will be the first to launch in October 2022, closely followed by bespoke courses from the NEIF Cosmogenic Nuclide laboratory, Uranium Geochronological methods, the use of stable isotope analysis in modern and ancient ecology, as a tool for the interpretation of long time series records from sediment cores, and within modern environmental studies. There will be additional courses from BOSCORF covering the recovery of an access to sediment core samples, and the use of non-destructive core scanning techniques. We will be adding further courses covering the use of radiocarbon in environmental and archaeological studies, the developing applications of compound specific characterisation studies across the environmental sciences and a video based guide on how to use Oxcal.

Longer courses are supplement by shorter videos covering key skills for geochemistry, aiming to provide a comprehensive learning platform for researchers at all levels. You will have access to forums for course participants, these are monitored and contributed to by the expert facility staff at NEIF and BOSCORF.