My research involved the development of new approach to assess the impacts of past coral bleaching events from the geochemical analysis of coral cores. Through a comprehensive analysis involving a range of different geochemical proxies and environmental data, I show how corals record distinct trace-element stress signatures in their skeletal growth archives during periods of coral stress and bleaching. I examine how spatial and temporal patterns of these signatures provide unique insights into the confounding influences of river-runoff and a range of additional environmental factors on the thermal resilience of corals, as well as their capacity for future acclimatisation.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||15 Jul 2020|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2020|