Lipid biomarkers at Newcastle University

Earlier in December I spent some time at Newcastle University continuing the lipid biomarker analysis, which is part of my project. Lipid biomarker analysis should allow me to gain more information about terrestrial (land), aquatic (in-lake) and microbial changes in the sediment cores from Disko Island, West Greenland.

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Here I am next to the microwave digester which heats the sediments up in solvents to extract the lipids.

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This photograph displays the finished ‘acid’ extracts and the drying down cabinet used to evaporate solvents and leave only the extracts in the test tubes.

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I’m pleased the labwork earlier in December went so well and plan to return to Newcastle to complete the procedure next week.

Happy New Year,

Mark

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