DECRA fellow, Australian National University
My research focuses on understanding the role of past climate changes and human activities on the biogeochemical cycle of metals. I use deposited lake sediments and tree rings as archives of past metal contamination to understand the natural cycle of these metals and to what extent humans have increased metal emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution. The results of my research inform decision-making on metal contamination in Australia.
Tasmanias bushfires may have resulted in the release of significant amounts of mercury from burnt trees into the atmosphere. Our research shows that industrial mercury pollution from decades past has been locked up in west...