Denniston interviewed for Italian news program

Professor of Geology Rhawn Denniston was interviewed for an Italian news show, TGR Leonardo del, about his research on reconstructing prehistoric fires in Australia. The interview aired on Feb. 2, 2020. 

Denniston is featured within the program at about the seven-minute mark. 

In 2018, The National Science Foundation awarded Denniston a grant in the amount of $51,645 to examine how prehistoric fire activity may be recorded by stalagmites.

The primary goal of the project is to extract a multi-century-long record of fire activity and to refine the stalagmite-based fire reconstruction method, allowing it to be applied to other tropical areas. Historical records have only tracked fires in the Australian tropics in detail for about the past 100 years, but stalagmites go back thousands of years.