Landscapes of Deep Time in the Red Earth of France:

Research Training in Paleoclimate

Were the tropical mountains of Pangea glaciated 300 Million years ago? How did tropical climate evolve as earth transitioned to ice-free conditions after the Late Paleozoic Ice Age?

About 300 Million years ago, Earth was locked in an intense glaciation, the so-called “Late Paleozoic Ice Age.” The termination of that “icehouse” records Earth’s most recent example of a transition to an ice-free world. This research project focuses on detecting tropical climate conditions in the paleo-mountains of France during this key period of Earth history, and involves sedimentology of red bed and associated sediments from this time.

Join us at the University of Oklahoma for a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program where we will address these questions. Our program is open to current undergraduates in geoscience (or allied) disciplines, and is particularly focused on recruiting undergraduates from under-represented groups. We especially encourage applications from students of Native American heritage, and from those who are first-generation college students.

2018 Program Dates

• Application deadline: March 1, 2018

• Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2018

• Deadline to accept or decline: March 31, 2018

For accepted students (tentative dates):

• On-campus research preparation (~1 week): mid-May

• France field work (~4 weeks): May-June

• On-campus research completion (~1 week): June

2018 Program Information

Four undergraduate students each summer will:

• Participate in an introduction to the research in spring semester (online participation can be arranged for non-OU students);

• Come to Norman, OK in May 2018 for trip preparation, travel to France for field work (4 weeks), and return to Norman for writeup;

• Develop mentoring and advising relationships with faculty at the University of Oklahoma, and at their home institution to learn more about transferring, opportunities for advanced study, and careers in the STEM disciplines;

• Receive a stipend of $2,500 plus lodging, meal, and travel expenses;

• Be encouraged and mentored to present research at a scientific conference.