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September 23, 2021 2:27 pm Published by Leave your thoughts


How do scientists study the complex chemistry and biodiversity of our environment? How do they relate that to what life and conditions were like in Earth’s ancient past? We will walk through the steps involved in tackling these questions, from working in the field, to using chemistry and advanced laboratory equipment to understand these precious samples. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!

Dr. Shane O’Reilly is a research scientist and lecturer at IT Sligo. Shane studies biomolecules that are produced by organisms and how, under the right conditions and with a bit of luck, we can use organic molecules as molecular fingerprints to understand the world around us and molecular fossils to understand our past.

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