Thursday, November 08, 2007

Coastal geology tracks prehistoric people

For many students, a research project means a weekend in the library sifting through dusty textbooks. For Denise Brushett, it means a week on a ship digging up 2,000-year-old sea floor samples off the coast of eastern Newfoundland.

It’s this seafaring experience that landed the MUN geography master’s student a spot on the Russian cruise ship Akademik Ioffe, where she worked alongside different kinds of scientists from all over the world, trying to figure out if and how climate change affected the lives of Newfoundland’s prehistoric people.