Walid Naciri, Postgraduate Researcher

Walid NaciriUnlocking past and present climatic and anthropogenic drivers of environmental change influencing Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park (Borneo, Malaysia)

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Project Overview

The purpose of this project is to assess anthropogenic impacts and their effect on sediment and nutrient delivery as well as environmental conditions in the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park thanks to the quantification of elemental ratios and isotopes in multiple coral cores as proxies of past environmental conditions.

The values of such ratios (Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca, etc.) and quantity of isotopes (δ18O, δ13C, etc.) correlated to values of environmental parameters (temperature, salinity etc.) allow us to create timeseries of past environmental conditions.

With this spatio-temporal reconstruction, changes of environmental conditions can then be compared with deforestation and eutrophication induced by human actions such as widespread timber exploitation and palm oil cultivation in an effort to link anthropogenic actions and environmental consequences.

Research Questions

How are marine environments affected by anthropogenic activity?

Research Theme

Evolution and Past Environments

Awards

Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship

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