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NWLDW 2024

New World Luminescence Dating Workshop

We are excited to host the New World Luminescence Dating Workshop (NWLDW) June 11-14, 2024 at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno, NV!

Luminescence dating includes a group of established and rapidly emerging trapped charge dating techniques that are routinely used to constrain the timing of climate change, tectonics, sea level change, topographic change, natural hazards, human history and evolution, and human-environment interactions. NWDLW is a biannual workshop that features posters and presentations from students and researchers that develop and apply luminescence dating techniques in the Earth Sciences and Archaeology. This workshop serves as a forum for luminescence practitioners to share their findings with the broader scientific community, and provides a friendly, inclusive venue for students to meet and interact with experts in the field.

Stay tuned for updates on this website as well as on our twitter page @DRILuminescence.

Registration is open for NWLDW2024!

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 11th, 2024




Desert Research Institute
Northern Nevada Science Center
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512



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DRI Northern Nevada Science Center

2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

DRI Reno Campus with flags flying out front.

Stout Conference Room & DRILL Lab


Conference Fees (USD)

Professional: $100 
Student Presenter: $0
Student Non-Presenter: $50

Conference fees cover refreshments throughout the conference, lunches, happy hour refreshments, and printed program materials.

Conference Dinner (USD)

Professional: $50
Student Presenter: $0
Student Non-Presenter: $30

Conference dinner fees cover a three-course dinner and two drinks at Wild River Grille in downtown Reno.

Field Trip (USD)
(max 30 participants)

Professional: $60
Student Presenter: $30
Student Non-Presenter: $30

Field trip fees cover transportation from DRI to Tahoe City, lunch and snacks, and field trip materials.  View Field Trip section for more information.



Reno-Tahoe International Airport
12 Minutes from DRI

Reno Accommodations

Hotels (Gaming and Non-Gaming)

Reno Entertainment

Visit Midtown for food and gaming
13 Minutes from DRI

Field Trip Accommodations

Granlibakken (Recommended)
All Hotels (Lake Tahoe area)



Ice Breaker
@ The Eddy
5 pm


  • Welcome
  • Luminescence/ Dose Rate Technical Talks & Keynote
  • Poster Pop-ups and Refreshments
  • Luminescence Applications in Geomorphology Talks & Keynote
  • Poster Pop-ups and Refreshments
  • Luminescence Community Building Discussion (New World Regional SLED)
  • Instructions for Field Trip
  • Field Trip (from Tahoe City to Reno, NV)


  • Luminescence/Dose Rate Technical Talks & Keynote
  • Poster Pop-ups and Refreshments
  • Lab Tours
  • Luminescence Applications in Archaeology Talks & Keynote
  • Poster Pop-ups and Refreshments
  • Field Trip Depart for Tahoe City, CA


  • Field Trip continues (arrive in Reno by 6 pm)


  • Conference Dinner
  • Pitches for NWDLW2026 Host
  • Meeting Close
  • Departures


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Dr. Olav B. Lian

Professor, Department of Geosciences at University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

Olav B. Lian completed his BSc in physics at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada, in the 1980’s, in the same department where optical dating was invented by one of its professors, David J. Huntley. In 1986, the year after the seminal paper “Optical Dating of Sediments” was published in Nature by Huntley et al., Olav was hired as a research assistant in Huntley’s laboratory. It was an exciting time in the field as the first experiments to test the utility of the method where being performed, and new equipment and analytical software were being designed and built in-house. After completing his MSc in physical geography (SFU), Olav began a PhD in Quaternary geology in the early 1990’s at Western University, Canada, but did much of his doctoral research back in Huntley’s lab at SFU. This was followed by a research position in the Research School of Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand where he managed that country’s first luminescence dating laboratory. After that Olav returned to SFU Physics as a Research Associate in Huntley’s laboratory, which was followed by a permanent faculty position in the Institute for Quaternary Research at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, where he directed its geochronology laboratory. In 2004 Olav was hired into a faculty position (physical geography) at University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Abbotsford Canada, where he built a new luminescence dating laboratory, which absorbed much of Huntley’s SFU laboratory upon his retirement in 2007. Over the last nearly 40 years Olav, together with many of his colleagues and students, have been adapting optical dating protocols to various sedimentary environments in order to put long-term landscape change into a secure temporal context.

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Dr. André Oliveira Sawakuchi

Professor, Institute of Geosciences at the University of São Paulo, Brazil

André Oliveira Sawakuchi is a Full Professor in Sedimentology at the Institute of Geosciences of the University of São Paulo and head of the Luminescence and Gamma Spectrometry Laboratory (LEGaL). His research deals with the interactions among Earth surface processes, climate and ecosystems in several time intervals across tropical South America, with focus on Amazonia. This is investigated through the application of luminescence methods to reconstruct sediment production and movement from source to sink through time.

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Dr. Aditi K. Dave

Post-doctoral Researcher at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

Aditi is a postdoctoral researcher in the European Research Council project – PROGRESS at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Her primary research interests span the fields of geochronology, climate and geomorphology. She specialises in the application and development of trapped-charge techniques of luminescence and electron spin resonance (ESR) – not only as classical dating methods, but also as novel tools for provenance studies. Her present research uses these techniques to investigate how luminescence and ESR signals in quartz can inform our understanding of sediment transport from the source to the sink; thus, providing insight into landscape dynamics over a range of timescales.

Aditi holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Chemistry from the University of Delhi, India in 2014. Following which, she pursued an M.Sc. in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Oxford, U.K. It was there that she developed an interest in luminescence dating and went on to obtain a PhD in Geology at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (and University of Mainz), Germany in 2021. Following her PhD, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tübingen, Germany and subsequently moved to Romania in 2022, where she is currently based.

Photo of Luke Gliganic in blue plaid shirt outside in front of trees.

Dr. Luke Gliganic

Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia

Luke Gliganic is a geoarchaeologist by training and a Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong in Australia. His research focus is on developing and using novel luminescence-based approaches to date complex, difficult-to-date sites. He has developed and applied luminescence rock surface dating (LRSD) approaches to directly date lithic quarrying activity and artefact discard at an open scatter site in Tibet. He has also developed methods to date stone arrangement construction and maintenance, approaches for developing chronologies and mixing rates in mixed deposits, and classical sediment burial dating. His current work is focussed on using LRSD approaches to directly date rock engravings and stone structures in Western Australia, buried artefacts at a Middle Stone Age site in South Africa, and potential LRSD applications using silcretes and cherts.


During the Pleistocene ice ages, the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada were occupied by glaciers and dozens of closed basins were filled with pluvial lakes in the Great Basin. Pyramid Lake, ~40 miles NE of Reno, is a remnant of Lake Lahontan, a large endorheic Pleistocene lake that extended into northeastern California and southern Oregon at its peak ~16,000 years ago. The Quaternary history of the Great Basin and neighboring Sierra Nevada is recorded by alpine moraines, river terraces, ancient shorelines as well as ancient lake and flood deposits. The Truckee River, which flows from its headwaters at Lake Tahoe to its terminal basin of Pyramid Lake, follows the path of ancient glacial outburst floods that occurred when Lake Tahoe rose and breached ice dams during the ice ages. Over the last ~350,000 years or more, the Truckee River has incised into its bed in response to uplift of the Sierra Nevada, leaving a system of terraces preserving evidence of these ancient lakes and floods.

The NWDLW 2024 Field trip will bring participants from Reno, NV to Tahoe City, CA the afternoon of Thursday, June 13th. The trip will begin the morning of Friday, June 14th in Tahoe City, where we will visit stops along the Truckee River back to Reno to showcase the geology and Quarternary history of Sierra Nevada and Great Basin in this region.

NOTE: Field trip fees cover transportation from DRI to Tahoe City, lunch and snacks, and field trip materials. Note that field trip participants are required to arrange and pay for their hotel accommodations in Tahoe City, California. Transportation will be provided from DRI to Granlibakken Tahoe Lodge in Tahoe City, California and the field trip will depart from Granlibakken on Friday morning. We recommend lodging at Granlibakken but there are several lodging accommodations available nearby in Tahoe City.

Photo of researchers around a rock formations in Great Basin region.


Abstracts are due by May 11, 2024. Please use the abstract template to format your abstract and upload the file below.


Tallest Climbing Wall in the World

BaseCamp, in downtown Reno, is home to the tallest rock climbing wall on the planet (coming in at 164 feet). This amazing rock climbing wall allows visitors to scale the side of Whitney Peak Hotel for unparalleled views of the downtown area, including the iconic Reno Arch.

National Bowling Stadium

Fans of “Kingpin” will recognize this massive Reno landmark. The nearly 400,000-square-foot bowling center was the backdrop for some of the movie’s iconic scenes. The five-story structure has almost 80 gorgeous lanes for you to play.

Birthplace of Blue Jeans

In late December 1870, the wife of a laborer asked Davis to make a sturdy pair of pants for her husband. Using the duck cloth, Davis added copper rivets to the seams for added strength. As word of the new creation spread, Davis was overwhelmed with orders for his sturdy pants. Realizing that he needed a business partner, he approached his supplier, Levi Strauss. – RenoHistorical.org

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