Developing a multi-proxy approach to reconstructing the climatic and environmental history of lakes in semi-arid India over the Common Era workshop

Dates: May 15th-18th, 2018
Location: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Conveners: Atreyee Bhattacharya, Jill Leonard-Pingel, and Andrew Michelson

Participants: Amir Bazaz*, Atreyee Bhattacharya, Supriyo Chakraborty, Diane Dalbotten, Matthew Kirby, Jill Leonard-Pingel, Franz Mauelshagen*, Andy Michelson, Amy Myrbo, Ryan O'Grady, Pandurang Sabale, Sudipta Sarkar

*Attending virtually

Sponsor: EarthRates

Workshop Schedule May 15-18th, LacCore; Underlined are remote presentations. SC-Short Course. Meet at Tate Hall 401-20

May 15
Morning arrival of participants at MSP- Check in at Graduate Minneapolis Afternoon arrival of participants at LacCore
2:30-3 pm: Introduction to the workshop (PIs)
3:00-4:00 pm: Tour of LacCore/CSDCO lab (Myrbo)
4:00-4:30 pm – NSF REU proposal development (Dalbotten) 4:30-5:00 pm– Better Broader Impacts (Myrbo)
Dinner on your own

May 16
8-8:30 am: BREAKFAST
8:30 – 9:30 am (6.30-7.30 pm IST): Seminar on Sustainable Development, Management Issues in Western India (Bazaz)
9:30-10:30 am: Seminar on in western India (Bhattacharya)
10:30 – 11:00 am: BREAK
11:00 – 12:00 pm- Round table discussion on application of paleoclimatology in resource management
12:00 – 2:00 pm- LUNCH and informal discussions
2:00 – 3:00 pm- SC on lake coring in arid environments (O’Grady)
3:00- 4:00 pm – SC on geophysical application in lacustrine arid environments (Sarkar)
4:00 – 4:30 pm – BREAK
4:30 – 5:30 pm – SC on environmental proxies of arid and semi-arid lacustrine environments (Kirby) 5.30-6 pm: Concluding remarks and wrap up discussions.
Dinner on your own

May 17
8-8:30 am: BREAKFAST
8:30-9:30 am: SC on isotope geochemistry and applications in lacustrine environments (Chakraborty)
9:30 – 10:30 am: SC on biological records preserved in lake cores (Leonard-Pingel & Michelson)

10:30 – 11:00 am: BREAK
11:00-12:00 pm: SC on climate-environment-human interaction: environmental archaeology (Sabale)

12:00 – 2:00 pm: LUNCH
2:00 – 3:00 pm (9-10 pm Berlin Time): SC on historical climatology and climate impacts of the Anthropocene (Mauelshagen)
3:00 – 4 pm: Break-out sessions- Opportunities and challenges for international collaborations

4-4.30 pm: BREAK
4.30-5:30 pm: Break-out session continue: Identification of major research questions
5:30 – 6:00 pm: Report on progress. Identification of major research questions and possible proposals.
Dinner on your own

May 18
8-8:30 am: BREAKFAST
8:30 – 9:00 am – Goal-setting for the day
9:00 – 10:30 am: Break-out sessions: Proposal outline developments
10:30-11 am: BREAK
11 am- 12 noon: Report on progress of break-out sessions continue
12:00 – 2:00 pm: LUNCH
2:00 – 4:00 pm: Continuation of break-out sessions- developing proposal outlines 4:00-4:30 pm: BREAK
4:30-5:30 pm: Goal setting and assignments
5:30-6:00 pm: Final Remarks
Dinner on your own

May 19
Participants Depart from MSP

Your lodging and the entire workshop will occur at The Graduate Minneapolis, which is essentially on UMN's campus. To keep costs down, you will have a roommate.

The Graduate Hotel
615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

More details can be found here:


We will not be able to reimburse taxi/town car travel to and from the airport. Please plan accordingly! (This means leaving enough time to get to the airport using public transportation).

It is convenient to take the light rail from the airport to the Graduate Hotel.

1. Take the Blue Line from Terminal 1 or 2 towards downtown Minneapolis
2. Transfer from the Blue Line at the US Bank Stadium Station and cross the track to get on the Green Line heading east towards St. Paul
3. Depart the Green Line and get off at East Bank Station and you will see The Graduate Hotel east, approximately ½ block from the station


We will be ordering breakfast and lunch for Wednesday-Friday from Bruegger's Bagels. Below is a link for ordering your preferred breakfast/lunch for each of these days. If you have not done so, please make your selections ASAP.


We will be making suggestions for restaurants to eat at Tuesday-Friday evenings, but you will be free to eat on your own if you choose. We are asking that you pay for your dinners and keep your receipts. We will be able to reimburse you for up to $25/dinner. NSF will not reimburse the cost of alcohol.

If you are local, please let us know which meals you are planning on attending for planning purposes.

If you are arriving on May 14 and departing on May 19, please save your receipts for reimbursement. We can reimburse up to $25/dinner, and $10/breakfast/lunch.

Contact Info:
Please refer to the email that was sent regarding the logistics.

Safe Travels and we will see you in Minneapolis!