Australian Laureate Fellowships - Grant ID: FL140100044 [ 2014 - 2023 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers Prof Michael Bird

Brief description What is natural? Humans, megafauna and climate in northern Australia. This project aims to produce the first long-term (100,000 year), replicated, high-resolution terrestrial records of environmental change before, during and after the arrival of humans in Australian savannas. These records will be the first in the world to extract, from the same material, independent, cutting-edge organic and isotope geochemical records of changes in water balance, vegetation type and fire activity. This will enable natural and human drivers of change in northern Australia's climate and biodiversity to be disentangled on two timescales: millennial: before, during and after Aboriginal arrival in northern Australia and centennial: before, during and after European arrival in northern Australia.

Funding Amount $2,647,521

Funding Scheme Australian Laureate Fellowships

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