Investigation into the potential of Callitris intratropica tree-rings and wood properties for climate reconstructions in the Northern Territory.


Recent developments have highlighted that stronger climate signals can be reconstructed using other tree-ring parameters than simple ring-width. Here we propose exploring the potential of Blue light Intensity (BI) from trees in the Northern Territory for drought reconstructions. You will also have the opportunity to apply radiocarbon dating on peat sediments in our state-of-the-art laboratory [interactive tour].


Comparison of climate sensitivity and other tree-ring properties of Callitris intratropica.

Student benefits

Through this project, you will learn how to design and carry out experiments, analyse and interpret data, and how to write a scientific paper. You will be integrated in the Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, which has funding available for training and career development, as well as the Chronos 14Carbon-Cycle Facility as well as the Earth and Sustainability Science Research Centre.

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Get involved

To learn more about this project, contact Prof Chris Turney