Other stable isotope research

 

In a series of other projects within the fields of plant and soil sciences, ecology/zoology, and archaeology, and in collaboration with research groups within and outside the Department of Environmental Sciences, we apply stable isotope measurements to address a wide spectrum of various research questions. Ongoing plant physiology-related isotope work, for example, seeks to study nutrient and carbon exchange during symbiont-host interactions between plants and mycorrhizal networks, making use of isotope labelling techniques, and bulk and biomarker isotope measurements. Within the frame of an archaeological project (i-bone.ch), we aim at using stable isotope measurements of well-dated cattle and red deer bone samples from Swiss Neolithic lakeshore settlements for reconstructing Neolithic herding strategies (e.g., transhumance) and for investigating human impacts on the Neolithic red deer population.