Video | Rebecca Ryan: Boron Isotopes and FTIR Analysis

By: Francisca Yunis Richter, based on the research “Boron Isotopes and FTIR Analysis to Determine Past Fire Occurrence in the Upper Nepean Catchment, NSW, Australia”, developed by PhD student of the Wollongong University, Rebecca Ryan, published on 2021

The purpose of this research is to calibrate two novel techniques: boron isotope analysis and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), against known fire occurrences in New South Wales’ Upper Nepean Catchment, Australia, to determine their suitability as proxies (Ryan et al, 2021). Here you can access the abstract of the research: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355993912_Boron_Isotopes_and_FTIR_Analysis_to_Determine_Past_Fire_Occurrence_in_the_Upper_Nepean_Catchment_NSW_Australia

Published on October 25, 2022

“Wildfires have been a prominent feature in the Australian landscape for millennia, shaping ecosystems and biodiversity across the continent. However, current records, which largely employ the use of remote sensing data and radiocarbon dating of charcoal, do not portray an accurate image of past fire severity and occurrence. Without such record, mitigation, mediation and post-fire recovery efforts are limited in their capabilities”

(Ryan et al, 2021)

References

Ryan, R., Dosseto, A., Lemarchand, D., Dapla, P., Simkovic, I., & Bradstock, R. (2021). Boron Isotopes and FTIR Analysis to Determine Past Fire Occurrence in the Upper Nepean Catchment, NSW, Australia. Available at: https://goldschmidtabstracts.info/abstracts/abstractView?doi=10.7185%2Fgold2021.5508  (Accessed October 24 2022)

Professor Alan March Interviews PhD Student from the Wollongong University, Rebecca Ryan, about her research

Here you can access the LinkedIn profile of Rebecca: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-ryan-31317a254/

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