For this project, Mike will focus specifically on building a working database of the more than 100,000 faunal samples in order to facilitate a diachronic understanding of the biogeography of the area and investigate the impact of climate change on marine fauna, particularly during the Neoglacial period
. Prior to joining the institute, Mike completed his PhD in archaeology at the University of Calgary.
Correlating the shifts in body size with climatic shifts does not appear to explain the fluctuating sizes of Pacific cod between 2550 BC and 80 BC, which occurred during the generally cool and wet conditions of the Neoglacial period
(the first major postglacial cooling period from approximately 2500 BC to AD 1).
Site 10, at the neoglacial terminal moraine, is 4 km from a low elevation area that was not covered by ice during the neoglacial period
, and which supports extensive stands of mature western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and mountain hemlock (Fig.
These dates correlate with the marked cooling of the early Neoglacial Period (Mann et al., 1998), a time when winter sea ice apparently occurred over the entire eastern portion of the Bering Sea shelf south to the eastern Aleutian Islands (Crockford and Frederick, 2007).
Paul Island and dated from the Neoglacial Period, had similar stable isotope values of [[delta].sup.13]C -12.6 [per thousand] and -12.l [per thousand] (Veltre et al., 2008).
Peak driftwood incursion there occurred during the Neoglacial period
(last 2500 years).