Tag: Mera

Ecology of the past on film: Hayley Keen

Whilst conducting her PhD research Hayley Keen helped produced two of short films about her research project Past environmental change on the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador: on her field work, which was the winning entry into the American Geophysical Union (AGU) student video competition in 2014, and…

Keen PhD Thesis 2015

Keen, H.F. (2015) Past environmental change on the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador. PhD Thesis, Department of Environment, Earth & Ecosystems, The Open University. Abstract The eastern Andean flank of Ecuador (EAF) contains some of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems. Andean montane forests are threatened…

PCRG January

January seems to have flown past and has been another active month. With group members variously involved in: International Biogeography Symposium, Field work in Ecuador, Developing the capability of the lab to produce sections from fossil wood, Preparation for the start of teaching the…

Sediment sampling on the Andean flank, Ecuador

One of the key goals of the fieldtrip to Ecuador (August-September) was to sample organic and volcanic (tephra) layers from sedimentary exposures with the aim of obtaining new information about past envrionmental change in the region. Our Ecuadorian collaborator, Dr Patricia Mothes (Instituto Geofisico), had identified four of sites she…

Mera fieldwork continued…

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…