USGS Assignment Mojave Desert

Affiliation(s) PI Project period Funded by
DEES Rhode, David E 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2012 DOI - US Geological Survey

Project Description

1. Assessing and prioritizing field collection locations. 2. Assessing potential of creosote bush to record climate in stable isotopes. 3. Field collection and preliminary assessment of midden contents. 4. Processing of middens and study of plant macrofossils in a paleoecological laboratory. 5. Sampling midden materials for radiocarbon dating and stable isotope analysis. 6. Interpreting paleoecological setting and paleoclimate from macrofossils and stable isotopes. 7. Synthesizing packrat midden data with other proxies in collaboration with USGS personnel and collaborators.