Christina Ramon's research interests are broad and range from biology (specifically the microbial communities in microbial mats, termite, and beetle guts) to nuclear fallout formation. Her research experience is with sample preparation for SIMS, NanoSIMS and SEM; she uses a variety of techniques to prepare both biological and mineralogical samples. Biological preparations can range from resin embedding and cryo-preparation to digesting materials in acid for ICPMS analysis. For mineralogical samples, pieces are mounted in epoxy and polished flat. Ramon has experience with this type of preparation for nuclear fallout material. Once samples are polished, they typically are coated with a conductive coating before being imaged and analyzed. Ramon also aids in providing both written and photographic documentation of samples prior to them being analyzed.
Honors and Awards
Global Security Directorate Silver Award for participation in NECSA training in support of the NA-24 Confidence Building Measures Program, 2012
S.P. Velsko, P.K. Weber, C.E. Ramon, R.E. Lindvall, M.L. Davisson, M. Robel, Bioagent sample matching using elemental composition data. Report to DHS, LLNL-TR-419683 (2009)
P.K. Weber; C.E. Ramon; R.E. Lindvall; M.L. Davisson; S.P. Velsko, Draft SOP for Sample Matching using ICP-MS. Report to DHS, LLNL-TR-419635 (2009)
Richard K. Bibby, Amy M. Gaffney, Victoria G. Genetti, Jackson Go, Julie M. Gostic, Patrick M. Grant, Roger A. Henderson, Ian D. Hutcheon, Gregory L. Klunder, Kimberly B. Knight, Carolyn Koester, Michael J. Kristo, Rachel E. Lindvall, Audrey N. Martin, Kenton J. Moody, Christina E. Ramon, Erick C. Ramon, Martin Robel, Frederick J. Ryerson, Michael A. Sharp, Michael J. Singleton, Paul E. Spackman, Leonard T. Summers, Ross W. Williams, Paul T. Wooddy Final Report, Nuclear Smuggling International Technical Working Group Round Robin #3, LLNL-TR-434300 (2010)
K.B. Knight, M. Savina, B.H. Isselhardt, C. Ramon, I.D. Hutcheon Precision and Accuracy in Analyses of U-bearing Glasses by RIMS, LLNL-TR-646630 (2013)
Elizabeth Keegan, Michael J Kristo, Michael Colella Martin Robel, Ross Williams, Rachel Lindvall, Gary Eppich, Sarah Roberts, Lars Borg, Amy Gaffney, Christina Ramon, Jonathan Plaue, Henri Wong, Joel Davis, Mark Reinhard, David Hill1 Ian Hutcheon Nuclear Forensic Analysis of an Unknown Uranium Ore Concentrate Sample Seized in New South Wales, Australia, Forensic Science International, in review. (2013)