Joyeeta Bhattacharya selected for Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology

Ph.D. candidate Joyeeta Bhattacharya is one of ten U.S. participants- among 60 world-wide- selected to participate in the coveted Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology (USSP).  The NSF sponsored fellowship is a three week long intensive course and workshop that provide participants with an advanced working knowledge on paleobiological and geochemical proxy data and how they are used in the reconstruction and modeling of past climates.

This 15th class of the USSP consortium, taking place July 11-27, 2018, will focus on past climate dynamics, with special emphasis on the analysis of the long-term carbon cycling and its implications in the understanding of present and future climates. The integrated lectures, symposia, field excursions, and exercises include biogeochemical cycling, paleoceanography, continental systems, and all aspects of deep-time climate modeling. Techniques, systems and models will be explored through interactive discussions of Cretaceous OAEs, P/E hyperthermals, the “Greenhouse to Icehouse” transition, and Neogene and Quaternary climate dynamics.

Ph.D. candidate Joyeeta Bhattacharya holding a section of carbonate sediment core aboard the JOIDES Resolution, IODP Expedition 371. Image courtesy of J. Bhattacharya and IODP.

The summer school is taught by the world’s leading senior scientists, with student selections based on the strength of their CVs and recommendations.  “Since my Ph.D. is quite related to Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography as well as Sedimentology, attending Urbino is going to bolster my research skills, my knowledge and my ability as a researcher in this domain,” said Bhattacharya.

Bhattacharya applied and was accepted last summer, but could not attend because the dates conflicted with her participation on the Integrated Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 371 cruise.  “[This year] I was accepted with full expenses covered by NSF.  My participation on shipboard courses with Texas A&M University,  and my participation as a Shipboard Scientist on IODP Expedition 371 were the key determining factors for me getting accepted.”



“Joyeeta’s participation at USSP continues an admirable Rice “tradition” of placing our graduate students in prestigious international “schools”. For USSP, Joyeeta follows fellowships granted to Lizette Leon-Rodriguez (Ph.D., 2011) and Benjamin Slotnick (Ph.D., 2015)”, said Gerald Dickens, EEPS professor and advisor to Bhattacharya.

-L. Welzenbach

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