Laurelynn Brooks, a teacher at Mt. Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, WA investigated the link between alkenones and sea surface temperature in the Gulf of California.
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Laurelynn Brooks - Mount Vernon High School (Mount Vernon, WA)
Research Experience: Investigating the link between alkenones and sea surface temperature
Research Objectives: Some types of marine phytoplankton produce unique chemical compounds (or biomarkers called alkenones) whose fossil record in sediments is now commonly used to reconstruct past sea surface temperatures. The present research will investigate alkenone concentrations and production rates in modern surface waters of the Gulf of California with the aim of refining the paleoceanographic application for these biomarkers.
Research funded by: National Science Foundation - Ocean Science Division
Host Researcher: Fred Prahl - Oregon State University & Brian Popp - University of Hawaii
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