When a fault slips, the temperature can spike by hundreds of degrees, high enough to alter organic compounds in the rocks and leave a signature. A team of scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has been developing methods to use those organic signatures to reconstruct past earthquakes and explore where those earthquakes started and stopped and how they moved through the fault zone. The information could eventually help scientists better understand what controls earthquakes.
|Name||Title||Fields of interest|
|Kevin Uno||Lamont Assistant Research Professor||My primary research interest is in reconstructing ancient terrestrial ecosystems using light stable isotopes (H, C, N, & O), molecular biomarkers, and other geochemical tools. I also employ these tools to study modern ecosystems in East Africa.|