Last week I took part in the “Isotope Hydrology” course from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. While it gave me an artificial jetlag by attending the course virtually from Germany, it was definitely worth the sleep deprevation.

The course featured outstanding instructors like Jeff McDonnell, Ciaran Harman and Scott Jasechko to name just a few. We learnt all about isotopes in catchment hydrology, hydrogeology and ecohydrology.

Geoff Koehler’s lecture in particular stood out for me. In his presentation, he showed how stable isotopes can be used to determine the origin of migratory birds or smuggled animals.

The course was very inspiring and I am already looking forward to the continuation in September in Birmingham on catchment hydrology.


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