UTIG Research Associate Jud Partin uses a hand-held coring drill to gather fossilized corals from an uplifted reef in Vanuatu.
Left: Fred Taylor and a member of the Vanuatu science team take a sample from a fossilized coral estimated to be between 12,000 and 20,000 years old. Right: Coral sample ready to be X-rayed at UT’s paleoclimate archive, an almanac of past climate conditions.
Top: Sea surface temperature measurements show how the equatorial Pacific ocean becomes warmer during el Niño (top) and cooler during la Niña. Bottom: (L) Scientists drill into a living coral in the South Pacific. (R) The research group prepares to drill into an uplifted reef on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu.
Left: UTIG Research Associate Jud Partin carries part of the drill used to gather samples from corals that grew during the last glacial maximum. Right: Jackson School graduate students Rob Domeyko And Allison Lawman help deploy the drill during testing at the White Family Outdoor Learning Center.
Left: Graduate Research Assistant Allison Lawman loads coral samples into the mass spectrometer at the analytical laboratory for paleoclimate studies. Right: Undergraduate student Joseph Arias operates a micro-mill to collect samples for further analysis.