The ecology of living benthic foraminifera and the post mortem changes leading to fossilisation.
Current research projects
Biogeography of fjord benthic foraminifera from the NE Atlantic seaboard (with Prof E. Alve, Oslo)
Fjords are sensitive to environmental change so it is important to establish the modern status as a benchmark for comparison with future change.
The role of food supply in controlling the abundance of benthic foraminifera in the Atlantic Ocean
On a local scale there is a correlation between the abundance of individuals living on the sea floor and the availability of food derived from the plankton living in the overlying surface waters. The aim of this project is to test whether such a relationship exists on an oceanic scale. This is important as foraminifera are used to try to determine past organic production in the fossil record.
Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate
Emeritus Professor John Murray
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton University of Southampton Waterfront Campus European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH United Kingdom
Room Number: NOCS/344/25
Telephone: (023) 8059 2786