“Snail shells are very interesting because they record temperature as they spiral and grow,” Huff said. “It’s a new area of research. There isn’t much literature on it. Dr. Yanes is one of the leaders in this field.”
UC geology professor Reza Soltanian examined glacial meltwater in the groundwater of Antarctica in a collaborative study with Jilin University.
And UC geology professor Carlton Brett and students Timothy Bellamy and Allison Young examined the carbon isotopes of rock dating back to the Ordovician Period more than 440 million years ago.
“Allison has been working with several faculty on Ordovician-age rocks throughout central Kentucky and Ohio. She’s doing a carbon isotope analysis to study climate,” Huff said.
This kind of analysis can tell scientists about the biota living in ancient oceans.
Huff and his students Camden Goland, Kelly Grogan, Salem Al-Ateeqi, Luke Jacobs, Adam Jones, William Hollyday and Nathaniel Norris presented a study examining clays from major volcanic eruptions in Siberia more than 430 million years ago.
Huff said volcanic ash turns to clay that can be found in layers of rock. This evidence of major eruptions can tell scientists about mass extinctions and other events long ago.