Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) as a paleothermometer: otolith oxygen isotope reconstruction

TitlePacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) as a paleothermometer: otolith oxygen isotope reconstruction
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWest, CF, Wischniowski, S, Johnston, C
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume39
Issue10
Pagination3277-3283
ISSN0305-4403
Abstract

Stable isotope studies are increasingly important for understanding past environmental and cultural developments along the North Pacific Rim. In this paper, we present methods for using Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) otoliths as a paleothermometer using a case study from Kodiak Island, Alaska. The results of this study indicate that Pacific cod otoliths record variable paleoenvironmental conditions during the Little Ice Age. The broad distribution of Pacific cod and success in using the otoliths as a paleothermometer makes this method widely applicable to researchers working throughout the northern Pacific Rim.

URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440312002087
DOI10.1016/j.jas.2012.05.009