Research Summary: Robert Muir

I am a Geology MSc. Student at the University of Cape Town with research interests in sedimentology, palaeontology and palaeoecology. My research is focussed on the Lower Cretaceous Kirkwood Formation, Uitenhage Group, found in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape of South Africa.

In 2014 I completed my honours degree with a thesis that describes a charcoal rich deposit in the Kirkwood Formation in the Algoa Basin, Eastern Cape. This publication can be found at the following URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019566711500052X#

Currently, I am undertaking a geochronological and biostratigraphical study of the Kirkwood Formation. This involves dating zircon crystals from discrete tuffaceous layers that are found in the Formation and integrating these ages with the existing biostratigraphy. Additionally, new biostratigraphical work will be done by analysing, at the microscopic scale, crustacean-bearing beds in the highly fossiliferous Formation. By achieving this, this study will be able to uncover potential palaeoecological trends through time as well as provide a chronostratigraphic framework for the Kirkwood Formation which will be useful for future palaeoscience research.

 

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