Dr Phil Jardine’s research focuses on the maintenance of biodiversity in deep time. He is particularly interested in climatic controls on speciation, extinction and dispersal over different spatial and temporal scales, and in the application of ecological analytical techniques to the fossil record. He is an experienced palynologist, and has used the fossil pollen and spore record to study vegetational change during the early Palaeogene greenhouse interval.
2011 – Ph.D. in Palaeogene palynology, University of Birmingham
2007 – M.Sc. in Palaeobiology, University of Bristol
2003 – B.Sc. in Geology and Geography, University of Birmingham
Dr Phil Jardine gained his first degree in Geology and Geography at the University of Birmingham. He then completed an M.Sc. in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol, where he researched the community dynamics of New World Cenozoic mammals. He moved back to Birmingham in 2006 to do a PhD in early Palaeogene pollen and spores from the US Gulf Coast. He is now a research associate on the ‘Bighorn Basin Coring Project’, which seeks to understand better the causes and consequences of rapid global warming events (hyperthermals) in terrestrial settings.
Jardine, P.E., Harrington, G.J. and Stidham, T.A. 2012. Spatial heterogeneity in Late Paleocene paratropical forests on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Paleobiology 38(1), 15-39.
Stevens, L., Hilton, J., Bond, D., Glasspool, I. and Jardine, P.E. 2011. Radiation and extinction patterns in Pennsylvanian-Permian floras from North China as indicators for environmental and climate change. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 168, 607-619.
Jardine, P.E. and Harrington, G.J. 2008. The Red Hills Mine palynoflora: A diverse swamp assemblage from the late Paleocene of Mississippi, U.S.A. Palynology, 32, 183-204