Tracking 3000 years of agricultural adaptation to the resource poor, climate sensitive and remote Solomon Islands using biomarkers and palaeoecology

  • Prebble, Matthew (Primary Investigator)

    Project Details

    Description

    Biomarkers provide unique fossil signatures of past climate fluctuations in sedimentary archives. This project tests their utility for understanding human-environmental interaction by sampling biomarkers and multiple fossil proxies for agricultural activity from the same sedimentary units. Climate change is seen as a compounding factor influencing social success or collapse on remote islands. By examining islands in the remote Solomon Islands and Cook/Austral Islands, this approach will enhance recognition of initial human colonisation and agricultural land-use, provide direct comparisons of fluctuations in climate and biodiversity at sub-centennial time scales, and test hypotheses relating to social-environmental collapse or recovery.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/01/0928/04/14

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD308,591.00

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