GEOG 396: Detection of paleo-Indian occupation through sedimentary charcoal records (Prof. G. Chmura).

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Name: Prof. Gail Chmura
Email: gail.chmura [at]
Phone: 514-398-4958
Supervisor's department: Geography
Supervisor's department (if none of the above)
Course number: GEOG396 (Geography)
Term: Fall 2009-2010
Project start date: T.B.C. (before end of add/drop period)
Project end date: December 3, 2009
Project title: Detection of paleo-Indian occupation through sedimentary charcoal records
Project description: We are developing a paleoenvironmental history of the region around SW James Bay by examining material found buried in sediments whose age has been verified through carbon-14 dating. We have examined fossil pollen and spores, as well as microscopic (viewed at 630 times magnification) charcoal that is produced by forest fires. Our charcoal evidence suggests that humans may have been responsible for fires in some regions, as early as 5,000 years. The student researcher will assist in this study by isolating and enumerating the larger size charcoal fraction at 20 times magnification (using a dissecting microscope) to determine how the pattern has changed over the last few thousand years.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Other prerequisite, if applicable: Permission of instructor.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% on lab work; 50% final report
Other project information: 1. Best way to reach me is through email gail.chmura [at] (gail dot chmura at mcgill dot ca) .
2. Put "GEOG 396 charcoal" in subject line.
Project status - This project is: Open to applicants
How students can apply: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours.
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