00426-7155 Large chamber in Kharisma Cave - Bantimurang NP.jpg
00426-7155 Large chamber in Kharisma Cave - Bantimurang NP.jpg

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Stalagmites and Science

Understanding past rainfall and vegetation dynamics using stalagmites

 

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Stalagmites and Science

Understanding past rainfall and vegetation dynamics using stalagmites

 

Nick Scroxton, Ph.D.

I'm currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst working with Prof. Steve Burns. I specialize in using tropical stalagmites to reconstruct past rainfall dynamics and the impact of changing climates upon local flora, fauna and humans.

I'm particularly interested in the context of paleoclimate. How can what we learn about past climates inform and help our own lives? This can be as diverse as understanding drought frequency in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia's breadbasket, to learning what caused the extinction of the dwarf hominim, Homo floresiensis, 50,000 years ago. I've also worked with anthropologists on the megafaunal extinction of Madagascar 1000 years ago. Paleoclimate is at its best not just as a means to its own end, but when answering questions posed by others, helping us understand our own past and making a difference in our future by testing climate models and informing policy.

For more information, please take a look at this site, contact me, or follow me on twitter @StalagNick.

Thanks,

Nick


Photographs on this site are typically taken by myself, except where credit is given. Some of the amazing in-cave shots come courtesy of Garry K. Smith at the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Speleological Society.