Exploration Science student Thalles Araujo, who is from Brazil, headed to Australia in October for two months to conduct fieldwork for his internship project. Working with researchers in in the Marine Geosciences (MGS) department at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) of the University of Miami, Thalles will be helping on many fronts including field logistics, collecting data, writing computer algorithms and helping understand the geology and hydrology of Hamelin Pool, a smaller body of water associated with Shark Bay, Western Australia. Thalles will be focusing on sediment analysis, physical parameters of Hamelin Pool, groundwater research and outreach initiatives.
The pool is rich in stromatolites and the unique hydrology is not well understood. Thalles’ and his colleagues hope to better understand the growth of these stromatolites so this can be applied to understanding how ancient stromatolites developed. Specifically, he will develop algorithms to treat and display the data, collect samples, deploy equipment, analyze previous and future data, and design new research plans The location is the very remote Hamelin Station in the Bush Heritage area, so Thalles’ work will require elements of all aspects of exploration science that has picked up over the past year and a half in the program.