Microwave-digested samples were analyzed for selenium by electrothermal atomic absorption spectroscopy (ET-AAS; Perkin-Elmer 5100 PC Atomic Absorption Spectrometer; method of standard additions) at the Ecochemistry Laboratory, Applied Ecology Research Group
, University of Canberra, Australia (4).
The discovery came after Jerry Olsen of the University of Canberra's Applied Ecology Research Group
, and his colleague, Susan Trost, journeyed to Sumba in December 2001, to find the owl and confirm its identity.
Barratt's study was for his masters thesis at the University of Canberra's Applied Ecology Research Group