As an isotope biogeochemist with a fully working laboratory, I am often included in studies far outside of my range of expertise because I can make reliable and precise analyses of organic materials. Fortunately, at the Geophysical Laboratory this happened frequently! Collaborating on a diversity of scientific projects is one of the most satisfying and challenging aspects of my chosen field. My interest in carbonaceous chondrites started when staff scientist George Cody began a collaboration with Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) staff member, Conel Alexander. George, an organic geochemist who specialises in the analysis of complex organic matter, is...

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