Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science

Dr. Elizabeth Webb

Laboratory for Stable Isotope Science (LSIS)

Liz Webb

Associate Professor & Graduate Chair
Ph.D. Western University, 2000
Office: BGS 0168
Lab: BGS 0159, WSC 54
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x.80208
Fax: (519) 661-3198
Laboratory for Stable Isotope Science (LSIS) Webpage

Research Interests

Stable-isotope biogeochemistry as applied to: interactions among the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, paleoclimate models based on the isotopic analysis of ancient plant materials, carbon sequestration, water resource availability and ecosystem resilience in regions with high rates of vegetation change.

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

Earth Sciences   1081a/b      Sustainability in a Material Society
Earth Sciences   4490           Undergraduate thesis – Coordinator
Earth Sciences   3341b         Waters and Geochemical Cycles
Earth Sciences   4431a         Isotope Geochemistry in Environmental Sciences
Geology            9556           Advanced Stable Isotope Geochemistry – Low Temp
Geology            9506           Introductory Stable Isotope Geochemistry
Geology            9560           Improving Research Skills in Earth Sciences


Zhenzhen Huang, PhD candidate (2006-present). Joint-supervisor: Fred Longstaffe
Determining the relationship between the oxygen isotope composition of phytoliths and plant water under controlled climate conditions for high silica accumulators.

Andrea Prentice, PhD candidate (2009-2014).
Physical and isotopic changes of silica phytoliths during weathering and partial dissolution: Assessing the potential of using soil-phytolith assemblages as a paleoclimatic indicator.

Michael Hamilton, MSc candidate (2009-2012).
Assessment of the oxygen-isotope variations that occur in char formed under different burning conditions.

Future Graduate Projects: