Coral core trace element records from the NW shelf of Australia

Harry Clarke

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • McCulloch, Malcolm, Supervisor
  • D'Olivo Cordero, Juan, Supervisor
Award date15 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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