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Research in OGL spans such topics as lipid biomarker identification, the organic molecular characterization of ancient bitumens and modern hydrothermal petroleum formed at mid-oceanic spreading centers, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, oil fingerprinting techniques, rates of biodegradation, and analytical techniques for assessing oil similarity for oil-oil and oil-source correlation.
GEOCHEMISTRY OF THE JOGGINS FORMATION
We are investigating the molecular fossils (typically called biomarkers) locked within Carboniferous rocks collected from the famous Joggins fossil cliffs of Nova Scotia. We hope to better understand the source and mechanisms of organic matter preservation in these rocks.
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