Catherine Beck

Assistant Professor of Geosciences Catherine Beck recently traveled to Tempe, Ariz., to present at the third annual workshop for the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project.

The meeting took place at Arizona State University Jan. 13 to 15. More than 65 researchers from four continents attended the workshop.

The drilling project uses coring to target lake sediments across Kenya and Ethiopia in order to better understand the environment and climate in which our ancestors evolved.

In a presentation that was, in part, the project summary for the West Turkana Kaitio leg of the project, Beck discussed new data collected with Mary Langworthy ’17 and Mary Margaret Allen ’17 in Kenya last summer.

The team made an important finding that has helped them tie key outcrops in the area to their core record. The finding has helped the researchers, who also worked with Craig Feibel of Rutgers University, finalize their age model for the core.

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