abcLab Bound for Hell Creek

June 22, 2017

The abcLab manager, Michael Tuite and alum David Flannery will be headed to the Hell Creek Formation of eastern Montana in early July to explore the boundary that marks the demise of the dinosaurs. They will join Professor Tom Tobin, a paleontologist at the University of Alabama, at a site renowned for its fossil preservation of the life immediately before and after the mass extinction event at the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary. Tuite and Flannery will use the Shaw Backpack Drill to collect a core of fresh, unweathered rock across the K/Pg boundary. Back at the abcLab, they will examine the carbon and hydrogen isotopic composition of plant-derived organic compounds leading up to the extinction event in an effort to understand the role of volcanism and climate change at the end of the Cretaceous.