University of Montana Western Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences Spruce Schoenemann will give two talks on climate research on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 in Bozeman, Mont.
Both talks occur during Schoenemann’s professional development block (PDB). Montana Western professors take a PDB once a semester where they do not teach a regular 18-day course, instead focusing on professional development.
“Teaching under Experience One allows me opportunities to attend seminars and present research, enabling me to grow professionally and become a better educator,” Schoenemann said.
Under Montana Western’s block scheduling program, Experience One, students attend eight blocks, or classes, throughout the school year receiving the same amount of credit as under traditional semesters. The innovative program emphasizes concentrated, real-world learning.
“My research goals are to understand the past climate to provide context for the climate changes of today and the future,” Schoenemann said. “I do this by utilizing environmental archives of climate like ice cores, lake sediments, glacier deposits, tree rings and isotopes.”
As part of his doctorate studies, Schoeneman conducted research in western Greenland to recover lake sediment cores spanning the past 8,000 years. He is currently collaborating with the University of Toronto and University of Alberta on a climate research project in the central Yukon Territory.
Schedule of Schoenemann’s presentations:
Reconstruction of Holocene Climate from Greenland Lake Sediment Cores: A Pilot Study
Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 12 p.m. in Montana State University’s Barnard Hall – 127
A Full Holocene Record of Water Isotopes from Syngenetic Pore Ice in Central Yukon Territory
Thursday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. at NOROCK Headquarters – 2327 University Way, Bozeman, Mont.
Schoenemann joined the faculty at Montana Western in August 2016 where he teaches climate, geology and geochemistry. He earned his doctorate in paleoclimatology from the University of Washington.