Ellen Druffel, UC Irvine professor of Earth system science, has been elected a fellow of The Oceonography Society for her research advancing the use of radiocarbon measurements in studying the marine carbon cycle.
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Scientists use radiocarbon dating to analyze everything from the world’s oldest shoe to sediment samples that shed light on global climate change.
Just a fraction of the carbon that finds its way into Earth’s oceans–the black soot and charcoal residue of fires–stays there for thousands of years. A first-of-its-kind analysis by UC Irvine, Rice University and the University of Southern California also revealed how some black carbon breaks away and hitches a ride to the ocean floor on passing particles.
On the occasion of the Earth system science department’s 20th anniversary, Chancellor Emeritus Ralph Cicerone says UCI was the first to study human impact on the environment in an interdisciplinary way.