On 25th August I gave one of the Research Tuesday seminars on the ecological and environmental insights being provided by marine organisms' hard body parts.
Studying the hard structures of marine organisms, such as teeth and bones, my research team has successfully used the information gained to cast light on important ecological and environmental questions. For example:
seal teeth are being used to reconstruct historical climate-growth relations, and subsequently predict future biological responses to environmental change
fish ear bones preserved in archaeological middens are revealing Indigenous fishing habits
trace elements within sharks’ vertebrae are being used to inform fisheries management
bomb radiocarbon can be detected in fish ear bones and used to trace movement of water masses
More information on this research is also available under the Research link and by clicking on calcified structures of aquatic organisms.
Check out the following link for the full seminar: