Palaeoecology of holocene vertebrate deposits Naracoorte Caves, South Australia
Be part of filling a critical gap in the Holocene record of Naracoorte by refining the ages and stratigraphy of key deposits in order to compare faunal turnover to climate and environmental change.
The caves of Naracoorte preserved diverse Quaternary aged vertebrate deposits that span at lease the last 500,000 years. Several of the cave deposits contain assemblages of Holocene age, providing an opportunity to reconstruct faunal community baselines pre-European settlement.
This project will involve reconstruction of Holocene vertebrate faunas and refining the chronology and palaeoenvironmental history of these deposits. The student will conduct fieldwork and laboratory work which will include sorting and identifying fossil samples, collection of samples for radiocarbon dating and analysis of site formation history including stratigraphy and sedimentology.
Good numerical skills and a capacity to conduct meticulous laboratory research. There is no prerequisite course, although Earth Systems History III would be beneficial.