Van Walt sponsors PhD student - Rory Flood
Following another very successful trip to the Sunderbans, (see our Blog) India sediment sampling with Queen's University, Belfast we are delighted to introduce Rory Flood. Rory is a PhD student from the School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, working on research primarily focused on the provenance and levels of sedimentation in the Sunderbans.
For those of us not in the know the Sunderbans is one of the largest units of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world and the primary habitat of many endangered charismatic mega-fauna species, including the Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris). Furthermore, approximately four million people inhabit the Sunderbans and thus there presents a challenge on the sustainability of island communities in this region.
The main aims of this research are:
- What are the sediment pathways in the region and from where is sediment originating from?
- What are the sedimentation rates and levels of deposition and erosion taking place in the Sunderbans?
- How do sedimentation rates differ over the course of the late Holocene between uninhabited and inhabited islands within the Sunderbans?
An update from our India correspondent
Fieldwork for me at one time meant hiring the cheapest, smallest car possible and driving down to a rain drenched field in Co. Limerick to camp for a couple of nights before coring and surveying sites with a dumpy level. It was a twelve hour slog of lugging around two leather bags of corers aptly named “Rocky” and “Ivan”, the TCD Geography department’s hand gouge and Russian peat corers. However, fieldwork, like the Irish weather seems to have changed rather abruptly and rather drastically.
Fieldwork now consists of three flights, hours of car journeys to cloistered ports and steaming across the estuarine-deltaic islands of the Sunderbans of West Bengal, India. Since October 2010 I have been working on my PhD project at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) regarding the late-Holocene and contemporary sedimentary provenance and processes of sedimentation in the Sunderbans. The approach followed has been one based strongly on sedimentary facies analysis, thus coring several sites in the Sunderbans is one of the primary methodologies employed in this project.
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