Name: Bethany Ellis
ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
Research School of Earth Sciences,
Australian National University
Area of Study: Palaeoclimatology
Project: High-resolution coral proxy records of Indian Ocean Dipole variability during the Holocene
Whats does that mean?
The aim of my research is to reconstruct past activity of the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) using cores of fossilised coral from Indonesia. Through geochemical analyses of the coral skeleton we can determine the sea surface temperature at the time the coral was alive and growing. The SST data can be used to identify the strength and frequency upwelling events that may be linked to the IOD. I will be focusing on reconstructing the last 1000 years of IOD activity in the hope of helping us understand how the dynamics of the climate system may have changed over time.