My research involves the geochemical study of marine biological archives (massive corals) from the Indian Ocean as recorders of environmental and climate change over the past 300 years and during the Holocene. In most cases, I have worked on western Indian Ocean coral records. This work is motivated by the need to produce reliable, long-term observations of sea surface temperature, ocean currents and the hydrological cycle over the tropical/subtropical oceans.
Research: 2010-present PHD CADIDATE James Cook University (JCU), Cairns Assessed tropical forest carbon stores and options for payment for ecosystem services in forest dependent communities of Papua New Guinea. Conducted seven months of field work in remote primary forest on a 3000m elevation gradient, trained large field teams and worked closely with local landholders.
Amelia is currently evaluating the outcomes of an experimental pasture conversion trial aimed at investigating cheap and effective ways to restore rainforest in north-east Queensland. The project is part of a broader research program supported by the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program to the Wet Tropics Management Authority titled ‘Making Connections’ (http://www.wettropics.gov.au/cfoc) and the National Environmental Research Program (Tropical Ecosystems and Environmental Decisions Hubs) titled ‘ Harnessing natural regeneration for cost effective rainforest restoration (http://www.nerptropical.edu.au/project/project-122-harnessing-natural-regeneration-cost-effective-rainforest-restoration).
Cristina’s masters project examined the likely impact of future climate change on the distribution of threatened mammal species in south west Western Australia. She plans to use her time at UQ to extend this project to consider the management implications of these shifting ranges, and produce a manuscript for submission. This project was linked to an ARC-Linkage with Gondwana Link, jointly held by Dr Kerrie Wilson and Prof. Hugh Possingham.