Marcos Salas-Saavedra's research seeks to better understand how water quality has changed through the Holocene transgression and stillstand, and to correlate water quality with reef development and health. To understand the evolution of water quality through time, Marcos will date and geochemically analyse cores from Heron Reef, and other reefs in the southern Great Barrier Reef (GBR), for environmental trace elements. He will use several geochemical proxies (trace elements including rare earth elements) in coral skeletons and microbialites to measure and compare to coral facies, coral growth rates and coeval sea level.

Project members

Marco Salas-Saavedra

PhD candidate