Kate Newton

Kate Newton

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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).


MSci Geology and Geography, University of Birmingham


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 title
Application of isotope techniques in Cenozoic palaeoceanography
Supervisors James Bendle, Pallavi Anand (Open University)


Research interests

  • Palaeoclimatology/palaeoceanography
  • Organic Geochemistry
  • Micropalaeontology


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.