Zainab Al Rawahi
Zainab’s research focuses on the biostratigraphy and palaeoenvironments of the Late Cretaceous Natih Formation of Oman. Sponsored by PDO (Petroleum Development Oman), this research aims to develop a revised bio-chronostratigraphic framework using new nannoplankton biostratigraphy and chemostratigraphy integrated with existing micropalaeontological biozones.
Ulrike’s research is focused on palaeoclimate and environmental reconstructions of extreme warmth during the Early Eocene Climate Optimum (EECO). Based on planktonic foraminifera and organic biomarker geochemistry she is generating new sea surface temperature proxy data from a site with exceptionally preserved calcareous microfossils from the Rockall Trough, NE Atlantic.
- Trommer, G., Siccha, M., Rohling, E.J., Grant, K., van der Meer, M.T.J., Schouten S., U. Baranowski, U. and Kucera, M. (2011) Sensitivity of Red Sea circulation to sea level and insolation forcing during the last interglacial. Climate of the Past, 7, 941-955. doi:10.5194/cp-7-941-2011
- Fenton, I.S., Baranowski, U., Boscolo-Galazzo, F., Cheales, H., Fox, L., King, D.J., Larkin, C., Latas, M., Liebrand, D., Miller, C.G., Nilsson-Kerr, K., Piga, E., Pugh, H., Remmelzwaal, S., Roseby, Z., Smith, Y.M., Stukins, S., Taylor, B., Woodhouse, A., Worne, S., Pearson, P.N., Poole, C.R., Wade, B.S. and Purvis, A. (2018) Factors affecting consistency and accuracy in identifying modern macroperforate planktonic foraminifera. Journal of Micropalaeontology, Vol. 37(2), 431-443. doi:10.5194/jm-37-431-2018.
- Meilland, J., Siccha, m., Weinkauf, M.F.G., Jonkers, l., Morard, R., Baranowski, U., Baumeister, A., Bertlich, J., Brummer, G-J., Debray, P., Fritz-Endres, T., Groenveld, J., Magrel, L., Munz, P., Rillo, M.C., Schmidt, C., Takagi, H., Theara, G. and Kucera, M. (2019) Highly replicated sampling reveals no diurnal vertical migration but stable species-specific vertical habitats in planktonic foraminifera. Journal of Plankton Research, Volume 00, pp. 1-15. doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbz002/10.1093/plankt/fbz002
- Hsiang, A.Y., Brombacher, A., Rillo, M.C., Mleneck-Vautravers, M.J., Conn, S., Lordsmith, S., Jentzen, A., Henehan, M.J., Metcalfe, B., Fenton, I,. Wade, B.S., Fox, L., Meilland, J., Davis, C.V., Baranowski, U., Groeneveld, J., Edgar, K.M., Movellan, A., Aze, T., Dowsett, Harry J., Miller, C.G., Rios, N. and Hull, P.M. Endless Forams: >34,000 modern planktonic foraminiferal images for taxonomic training and automated species recognition using convolutional neural networks. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. doi: 10.1029/2019pa003612 (2019).
Juan Pablo Castañeda (JPC672@student.bham.ac.uk)
Juan Pablo’s research focuses on the response of the Foraminifera to major global changes during the Early Cretaceous. He aims to investigate the role that changes in climate and marine ecosystems may have played in the diversification of this major group of microfossils.
Jonathan’s research aims to generate new palaeoenvironmental, palaeogeographic and palaeoclimatic understandings of the Neogene NE Atlantic. It focuses on the multi-proxy environmental analysis of several industrial and scientific boreholes on the NW European continental margin, with a particular focus on the impact of long-term oceanic gateway morphology on NE Atlantic oceanography and climate.
Emma Hanson (email@example.com)
Emma’s research aims to set up an automated image analysis system for rapid biostratigraphic data collection (focussing on calcareous nannofossils), initially using sediments spanning the past 10 million years, recovered from the Browse Basin on the NW Australian shelf. She will also use novel methods to gain a greater insight into the palaeoclimate of the area, using geochemical techniques and assemblage data.
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Amy’s research focuses on the identifying potential climate and environmental drivers of macroevolutionary change in tropical coccolithophore communities (calcareous phytoplankton). In particular, Amy is studying the two major phases of global cooling and ice sheet expansion of the Cenozoic: the Eocene-Oligocene transition (Java) and the late Neogene transition into bipolar glaciation (IODP Expedition 363 Site U1482 and U1483, NW Australian Shelf).
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Nicola Kirby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nicola’s doctoral research involves reconstructing climate and ocean circulation across key greenhouse intervals in the past, e.g. the early Paleogene and the Cretaceous, when CO2levels were higher than today. Her focus is on material recovered during IODP Expedition 369, in the Indian Ocean off the southwest coast of Australia. She uses these records to assess the relative influences of ocean circulation and tectonic change, related to the opening of the Tasman Passage, on global climate. In particular, to assess what drove global cooling following peak warmth in these greenhouse intervals. Her methods include foraminiferal micropaleontology, and sediment and foraminiferal geochemistry to reconstruct past climate and ocean circulation.
Marcelo de Lira Mota
Marcelo’s research aims to document sea level and ecological perturbations associated with global cooling at the Eocene-Oligocene transition. This research is based on exceptionally preserved palynomorphs preserved in the late Eocene Yazoo Clay succession of Jackson Mississippi, and bulk sediment geochemistry. He is also working on comparative studies using legacy industry cores from the equatorial continental margin of Brazil.
Michael McKnight (MJM797@student.bham.ac.uk)
Mike’s research focuses on constructing a biostratigraphic and palaeoclimatic history for the equatorial Atlantic region across the Eocene-Oligocene transition utilizing well preserved calcareous microfossils from the Foz Do Amazonas basin in the Amazon Fan and Mossy Grove, Mississippi coast. This work will be integrated with global records of past environment and fill a key data gap in existing palaeoclimate models.
Kate Ashley (née Newton)
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).
Dana Noory Ridha
Dana’s research focuses on Neogene deep-sea palaeoenvironments and palaeoceanography of the Indian Ocean. He has a focus on using benthic microfossil assemblages (foraminifera and ostracods) to trace deep-water circulation changes and ventilation history associated with long-term cooling.