ARC Future Fellowships - Grant ID: FT130100195 [ 2013-12-30 - 2018-04-30 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers: Dr Lee Arnold (Future Fellowship )

Brief description Trying times: Millennial to million year luminescence chronologies for improved reconstructions of Australian megafaunal extinctions. The causes of megafaunal extinction in Australia continue to be fiercely debated owing to chronological gaps in the palaeontological record, poorly constrained palaeoenvironmental histories and limited data on long-term faunal responses to climate change prior to human arrival. This project will utilise and advance new luminescence dating methods to provide unparalleled reconstructions of faunal turnover and environmental change over millennial to million year timescales. The chronologies generated through this work will provide a crucial new perspective on the ongoing megafaunal debate and will be used to test key assumptions underpinning anthropogenic- and climate-driven extinction hypotheses on local, regional and continental scales.

Funding Amount $755,320

Funding Scheme ARC Future Fellowships

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