In the first year of my research I have been exploring a 10 meter core recovered from the lake which spans the last 12,000 years – covering the time period since the last Ice Age. This has involved preparing samples taken every 2 cm from the core, my record is the highest resolution record to date, I have been processing them to look at both the chemistry of the organic content (mainly from plants and animals) and the carbonate content (ie shells). The results show both the long-term impacts of a changing climate (progressing from colder to warmer) and also short-term events where conditions rapidly revert to a previous state, as well as the introduction of more recent human influences such as widespread forest clearance. These findings set the scene for deeper cores drilled (see below) as part of the International Continental scientific Drilling Program sponsored SCOPSCO project.
|Me on night shift duty on the drilling platform in May|
|A sunset over Lake Ohrid in Macedonia|
|The drilling platform whist on Lake Ohrid|
This project is funded by the British Geological Survey University Funding Initiative (BUFI). My supervisors include Prof Melanie Leng from Leicester and the BGS as well as Dr Bernd Wagner in Cologne.