MPhil title (provisional):
Radiocarbon dating and isotopic palaeo-climate data from shells in a tropical environment
My doctoral research builds on expertise gained through degrees in Geology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and Paleontology (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) and has two main strands. It will produce a reliable calibration curve for radiocarbon dating terrestrial molluscs from the seasonal tropics of Southeast Asia; and to explore palaeoclimatic (precipitation) patterning, through oxygen isotope signals in shell-increment analysis. My data are being drawn from modern field collection and samples from archaeological sites (c. 5000 to c. 25,000 years ago) within the Tràng An massif, World Heritage property, in Ninh Binh province, Vietnam. It forms part of a wider project (SUNDASIA) that is exploring long-term human adaptation and landscape change to coastal inundation.
Xuan Truong Studentship