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Stable Isotopes in Environmental Biology 
January 23 - 24, 2024


Stable Isotopes in Environmental Biology: Analyses of stable isotopes at the root-soil-microbe interface 

January 23-24, 2024 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Sessions also available online.


Are you interested in learning how to apply stable isotope techniques to your research?

Join the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) for a two-day workshop on stable isotope theory and application related to environmental fluxes at the root-soil-microbe interface. Presenters will demonstrate how using different spatial scales and stable isotope techniques contribute to advancing the fundamental understanding of environmental and plant science, Earth and climate science, forensics, and biogeochemistry, as well as promote cross-disciplinary partnerships. 

Attendees will learn about analytical instrumentation, sample preparation techniques (including stable isotope probing), and state-of-the-art methodologies for stable isotope measurements. These capabilities are available through the EMSL User Program.   

Register to attend

In-person attendance is limited to the first 20 registrants, so apply as early as possible. 

Student travel assistance
Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers can receive up to $1,700 in travel assistance to attend this workshop. The deadline to apply for travel assistance is December 6, 2023. For more information, review the travel assistance portion of the event website.

Application deadline for student travel assistance: December 6, 2023 

Graduate students and postdocs can apply to receive up to $1,700 in travel assistance to attend this workshop in person. 

A limited amount of travel assistance is available to support graduate student and postdoc travel to participate in person. Priority for these stipends will be given to those who expect to use stable isotope analysis in their research and who don’t have access to these facilities in their home institution.  

The morning sessions will include sample preparation techniques, lab tours, and theory, and thus applicants with a range of experience and background are welcome to apply.  

Travel awardees will be expected to submit an abstract and give a five-minute presentation about their research. 

Students seeking travel assistance must submit the following information in a single PDF to 

  1. Description of research and current/future significance of stable isotopes/IRMS to your work and publications (250 words maximum)  

  1. How will attending the morning sessions about theory, instrumentation, and sample preparation enhance your current and future research and what are you hoping to learn? (200 words maximum) 

  1. How will you use this workshop to engage and work with scientists and proposal programs at EMSL? (200 words maximum) 

  1. Resume or short CV 

  1. Letter of support 

  1. Indicate your need for funding ($1,700 available for each awardee)