We are most pleased to welcome Kevin Uno ’01 back to the Carleton Geology Department for fall term – Kevin will be teaching Introductory Geology.
Kevin’s Carleton comps project was entitled “Upper Cretaceous Paleomagnetism from Umbria, Italy: ‘Anchored’ poles set proposed True Polar Wander event adrift.” From that platform he launched himself into the graduate school of the University of Utah where he completed a masters degree in 2008. His masters research was on the use of geochemical tracers in ice to identify subglacial processes at Storglaciären, Sweden. For his dissertation, Kevin is using stable isotopes to study past and present climates. This includes paleoenvironmental reconstructions in East Africa using carbon and oxygen isotopes in fossil tooth enamel, and using isotopes from modern elephant tusks as a proxy for climate and life history.
One of Kevin’s recent papers is Uno, K.T., Cerling, T.E., Nakaya, H., Nakatsukasa, M., Kunimatsu, Y., (2008), Stable carbon and oxygen isotope ratios of fossil tooth enamel from the Nakali and Namurungule Formations, Kenya: Capturing the C3-C4 transition in East African equid diet at ~9.6 Ma, J. of Vert. Paleontology, 28, 3: 155A.
Kevin’s teaching experience is equally wide-ranging, with his student groups spanning the age range from elementary school to college.