The dodo and coeval species withstood extreme climatic changes. Being stuck on a remote island the species had but one option to adapt or to perish. This suggest these island species were extremely resilient to environmental change. How did the climate change during its life? How does it change now? and how does it affect present day island fauna and flora?
In contrast to the adjacent continents patterns of past and presentday climate change in the SW Indian Ocean are scarce. We employ a wide array of technique to distill climate change of the past and present. We try to infer how climate change affected the environments and ultimately island species. In order to reconstruct climate change we study corals, bones, peat, microfossils, sediments, treerings. Read here how we do it and what our findings are.