I am very pleased to report that the lab is up and running. Many thanks to Carl Aronson, Joanne Brown, Ron Tola and the facilities staff for their work in helping to create a great working environment for us. Sarah has been busily sieving marine sediments and today Casper began his first experiment to break apart organic carbon bonds in sediments. Ori and I went into the field last week with our colleague Don Barber at Bryn Mawr College and his sedimentology class (reported in next blog entry) so we now have new samples to investigate. Next on the agenda is a trip to the coast this coming weekend to collect more samples. Check back for updates!