MSc in Geosciences: Palaeobiology
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Netherlands
Dr. Willem Renema
Shifts in carbonate producers in deep time
Coral reefs are suffering as the planet warms up but this is not the hottest Earth has been! What did the reefs in the Coral Triangle look like in warmer times? Formation level analysis suggests they gradually shifted from forminiferal- to coral-dominance Earth got cooler but is that a real pattern or an effect of averaging millions of years into one data point? If we spent our whole lives analyzing thousands of thin sections to look on a bed-to-bed scale, what would we see?
That’s where George William Mallory Harrison IV comes in. Originally from the USA with a bachelor’s degree from College of Wooster and a Master in Geosciences from Friedrich Alexander Universität (and experience as a baker, park ranger, and post-worker), William will build an AI to analyze thin sections so that human scientists can see how reefs in the coral triangle changed through time at an extremely fine scale.
Blogs by William Harrison:
Carboneras Network Training Activity 2.0
By William Harrison, PhD student of 4D-REEF at Naturalis Biodiversity Center. From April 20th to 24th, 2020 February 20th through 26th 2022, the 4D-REEF
1st Network Training Activity for the 4D-REEF Consortium
From April 20th to 24th, the 4D-REEF consortium met for the first time in Carboneras, Spain on Zoom. On the first day, everyone gave a