Dr Phil Platts is a researcher in the University of York’s Environment Department. He was part of the Mount Lico expedition to Mozambique which was an academic partnership between 13 universities, museums and research institutions on three continents, including the Natural History Museum and National Herbarium in Mozambique. During the expedition soil samples were collected from the forest floor and are being analysed by ARCC project members Dr Colin Courtney Mustaphi (University of Basel) and Dr Rob Marchant as well as other researchers at University of York. The soils contain charcoal and pollen from plants that can be analysed to understand how the forest has changed over the past 7000 years.
Photos supplied by Dr Phil Platts (University of York, UK)
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