The first half of our field work expedition to Ecuador has now been completed. We had a very successful visit to Mera collecting samples from three new sections and recovered short cores from four lakes.
The sediment sections have yielded many wood macrofossils and samples for pollen analysis. It is anticipated that these will shed light on the nature of tropical vegetation during the last glacial period and before. Some of these samples will be analyzed by Hayley as part of her PhD research.
The short cores have been collected to provide information on the modern environment and change in the recent (10-100s years) past. These samples will be investigated by both Hayley (modern pollen) and Frazer (chironomids).
We are now back in Quito and will head out towards Papallacta and Cosanga on Sunday to collect samples from higher elevation sites in the Andes.