Alvaro Fernandez, Ph.D. Graduate Student

My Research

Alvaro FernandezI am interested in geochemistry, geochronology and global climate change. I am especially interested in the use of radiocarbon, oxygen isotopes, and carbonate clumped isotopes to study past changes in the earth’s climate. I work in Dr. Rosenheim’s group where we use coral and sclerosponges collected from the Atlantic and the Caribbean to study how the transport of heat between the subtropics and the North Atlantic might have changed in the recent past. I am also involved in the development of analytical procedures used to measure isotopic clumping (bonds between the rare carbon and oxygen isotopes) in different carbonate minerals.

I also work with Tulane’s Quaternary Research Group where we are developing a method to date early Holocene paleosols using radiocarbon and ramped pyrolysis. The ultimate goal of this project is to use paleosols as a sea-level indicator to extend the Gulf of Mexico sea-level curve into the early Holocene.

My Life in New Orleans

I am very happy that I decided to come to Tulane because our program has allowed me to explore different research projects that I find interesting. Moreover, New Orleans is a great place to live, and there is always something fun to do after a long day in the lab.



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