Peter Ward


Principal Investigator - Peter Ward

Graduate Student - Kelly Hillbun

Multidisciplinary chronostratigraphy project on middle to late Devonian reef complexes in the Canning Basin of northwestern Australia

The high-resolution chronostratigraphic framework for the Devonian of the Canning Basin currently combines lithostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, coral and conodont biostratigraphy, trace element chemostratigraphy, U-Pb chronostratigraphy, and biomarker research, all of which will be incorporated into our paleontological and stable isotope (δ13C and δ18O) study on Givetian - Famennian reef systems. Our project aims to correlate the Canning strata with coeval strata elsewhere in the world, document environmental and faunal changes across two mass extinction boundaries, and compare the observed faunal changes with observable perturbation in the carbon cycle as tracked by carbon isotopes.