Salomé Gonzales, a researcher at the National Marine Science Centre, will talk about her research into coral skeletons and past environments.
Skeletons of massive corals can provide valuable archives of the environment where they live. Analysis of growth features and chemical elements incorporated into their skeletons has provide evidence of changes in the use of land and increases in nutrient inputs to coral reefs.
Through her thesis, Salomé has explored the use of nitrogen isotopes to infer about trophic dynamics and the occurrence of past bleaching events through the analysis of multiple Porites cores from the Great Barrier Reef.
Salomé’s talk will be followed by tea and coffee. Don’t forget to bring some changes for the raffle and a cup.