Palynological analysis of wetland and archaeological sedidments from Minjerribah has provided a great deal of insight into the environmental context of human occupation of the island, particularly in terms of climate change over the last +40,000 years, as well as Indigenous fire management. Recent research has focused on wire rush marshes, particularly Jumping Grass Marsh, which is situated next to the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation in Dunwich and Canalpin Creek, located close to a significant Pleistocene archaeological site and a culturally important Cypress Camp. Findings from these studies have important ramifications for current and future management, particularly in terms of the application of Quandamooka led Traditional fire management strategies and Indigenous adaptations to significant environmental change that have occurred over the last 40,000 years.

Dr Patrick Moss's research interests are in Biogeography, Landscape Ecology and Palaeoecology.

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