The Australian National University

Kelsie’s background is originally in archaeology and bioanthropology and her PhD project was with the Research School of Earth Sciences at ANU. It focused on the application of fish otolith (ear stone) microchemistry to understanding past environments and human occupation at Lake Mungo, south western NSW.

She is interested in using isotopes and elements in fish remains (otoliths, scales, vertebrae etc) and shells found in sedimentary lake cores to build up long term records of climate and lake level change. This will contribute to improving our understanding of past and modern environments in Australia and the world.

Kelsie is working on modern and ancient fish and shell remains from Lake Kutubu in Papua New Guinea.

An essential item in Kelsie’s toolkit:

“A sturdy pair of boots for fieldwork and an interesting podcast to listen to whilst doing lab work.”