None of this work would have been possible without generous funding from the US National Science Foundation and the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington.
Nor could we have accomplished our research objectives without the support and assistance of the Nauru Fisharies and  Marine Resources Authority to whom we are greatly indebted.
We would like to thank individually Mr. Monte Depaune, Dr. Mat Prebble, Dr. Nicolas Porch and Dr. Norm Duke for their assistance in making our trip a success.