Kate Newton School of Geography, Earth and Environmental SciencesDoctoral Researcher Contact details Emailken155@student.bham.ac.uk AddressSchool of Geography, Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT UK Kate is undertaking doctoral research in palaeoceanography, particularly focusing on reconstructing warm Cenozoic climates. Her research involves working with various proxies in both organic geochemistry and micropalaeontology, with a main focus on stable isotope techniques (carbon and hydrogen), e.g. the alkenone-pCO2 method involving carbon isotope analysis of alkenones and foraminifera. These are being applied to samples from a variety of locations and time periods, including Holocene sediments from the East Antarctic (IODP 318), the late Cenozoic from the Arabian Sea (IODP 355) and the mid-Miocene climatic optimum (e.g. Indian Ocean). Qualifications MSci Geology and Geography, University of Birmingham Biography Kate started her PhD soon after completing her MSci at the University of Birmingham. Her MSci research project was in the BMC lab, under the supervision of James Bendle and Heiko Moossen, working with biomarkers (fatty acids) from Holocene sediments drilled off the East Antarctic coast (Adélie Land, IODP 318). She continues to work on material from this core as part of her PhD. Doctoral research PhD titleApplication of isotope techniques in Cenozoic palaeoceanography Supervisors James Bendle, Pallavi Anand (Open University) Research Research interests Palaeoclimatology/palaeoceanography Organic Geochemistry Micropalaeontology Publications Newton, K.E., Fairchild, I.J. and Gunn, J. (2015) Rates of calcite precipitation from hyperalkaline waters, Poole’s Cavern, Derbyshire. Cave and Karst Science, 42, 116–124.