Masters by Research Student
Laver Building, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QE, UK
My research focuses on the timing and ecological consequences of the Late-Quaternary megafaunal extinctions within the high Andean forests of Colombia. I use spores of coprophilous fungi (SCF), including Sporormiella-type, to reconstruct Late-Pleistocene and Holocene megafaunal abundance. Megafauna are ecological keystone species, thus, I adopt multiproxy investigations using microfossil pollen and charcoal records to understand the potential consequences of extinction of in biodiversity hotspots. Together, these integrated datasets can provide valuable information on the timing and ecological consequences of megafaunal extinctions in the underesearched tropical South America continent.
Broad Research Specialisms
Palynology; Palaeoecology; Spores of coprophilous fungi (SCF); Megafaunal extinctions; Sporormiella; Microfossils.
MbyRes, Unversity of Exeter, Pending: 2022
BSc Geography, University of Exeter, First Class Honours: 2020
2020-Present Palaeoecological Research Technician, University of Exeter, UK.
Research group links
Using spores of coprophilous fungi (SCF), pollen and charcoal records to understand the timing and ecological consequences of megafaunal extinctions in tropical South America across the Late-Quaternary.