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Professor Paul Wilson 

Head of Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate Research Group, Professor

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Professor Paul Wilson is Head of Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate Research Group, Professor within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Carbon dioxide, CO2, is a powerful greenhouse gas and its concentration in Earth's atmosphere has increased by around 35% since the start of the Industrial Revolution. Levels are now higher than at any time in the past 800 thousand year (kyr) as recorded by air bubbles trapped in polar ice cores. Projections for ongoing man-made CO2 emissions show that, by 2100, levels will reach those estimated for the mid-Cenozoic (ca. 40 million years ago) when Earth was much warmer and less glaciated than today featuring, for example, a genuinely green Greenland.

These startling observations are a powerful incentive to improve our understanding of the past climate system. For example, we are working to understand the history and cause of polar ice sheet growth and decay and links to extreme variability in rainfall over the continents in regions predicted to be susceptible to dramatic change in their hydroclimate by 2100.

My research background is in palaeoceanography and palaeoclimatology. For the past 20 years or so I have worked extensively with the International Ocean Discovery Program to recover and study new climate archives from deep-sea sediments.

I have spent over a year of my life at sea working aboard the JOIDES Resolution. I am fortunate to have participated in six expeditions including two as Co-Chief Scientist:

Pacific Atolls and Guyots
Blake Nose Atlantic Depth Transect, 171B

Paleogene Pacific Latitudinal Transect

Demerara Rise Cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Events, 207

Pacific Equatorial Age Transect, 320

Paleogene Newfoundland Sediment Drifts, 342

My PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and colleagues have participated in many others. IODP is often referred to as the space program of the Earth Sciences. It tackles big research problems in a genuinely internationally collaborative way and its outputs underpin a great deal of geoscience research in academia and industry. You can learn more about what life is like aboard the JOIDES Resolution during one of these two month-long expeditions here.

Research

Publications

Contact

Research interests

Specialisms: Palaeoceanography & Carbonate Sedimentology/Geochemistry

I am interested in the stability of high CO2 climates, the mechanisms of transition between climate states, the origin and stability of early ice sheets, teleconnections between these events atmospheric circulation, extreme perturbations to the carbon cycle and the hydrological responses to climate forcing. My research group is currently actively pursuing research questions using marine sediments of Holocene, Plio-Pleistocene, Miocene, Oligocene and Eocene age.

JOIDES Resolution
JOIDES Resolution

Research group(s)

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Research project(s)

Coupled change in global climate and the carbon cycle across the Eocene-Oligocene transition: New insight from the Pacific Ocean, IODP Exp 320

A journey from icehouse to greenhouse and back again...a story of Antarctic ice sheet stability and CO2

North vs South? What’s filling the Atlantic?

From icebergs to ice sheets; provenance of ice rafted sediments

Article(s)

Book(s)

Book Section(s)

  • Coccolithophore calcification response to past ocean acidification and climate change - O’Dea, Sarah A., Gibbs, Samantha J., Bown, Paul R., Young, Jeremy R., Poulton, Alex J., Newsam, Cherry and Wilson, Paul A.. In Climate change and the oceanic carbon cycle: variables and consequences - Ferrera, Isabel (ed.)
    Published:
    2017
    Page Range:
    Chap.10
  • ODP Leg 199 – Paleogene equatorial transect: preliminary logging results - Rea, B.R., Gaillot, P., Lyle, M., Wilson, P.A., Janecek, T.R., Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Faul, K., Hovan, S.A., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lear, C.H., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, H., Parés, J.M., Quintin, L., Raffi, I., Rea, D.K., Steiger, T.H., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D. and Wade, B.S.. In 4th European ODP Forum Abstract Volume
    Published:
    2002
    At event:
    4th European ODP Forum
    Published by:
    Tromsø, Norway

Conference(s)

  • Pacific Oligocene reference curve (invited talk) - Pälike, H., Norris, R.D., Herrle, J.O., Wilson, P.A., Coxall, H.K., Lear, C.H., Shackleton, N.J., Tripati, A.K. and Wade, B.S.
    Event:
    XIth International Congress for Mathematical Geology
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Liège, Belgium
  • Leg 199 synthesis: evolution of the Equatorial Pacific in the Early Cenozoic - Lyle, M. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
  • High resolution benthic foraminiferal stable isotope records from the late early Oligocene - Herrle, J.O., Wilson, P.A. and Pälike, H.
    Event:
    8th International Conference on Paleoceanography
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    Biarritz, France
    Page Range:
    301pp , 38-39
  • Site 1221 - Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Faul, K., Gaillot, P.A., Hovan, S.A., Janecek, T.R., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lear, C.H., Lyle, M., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, H., Parés, J.M., Quintin, L., Raffi, I., Rea, B.R., Rea, D.K., Steiger, T.H., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D., Wade, B.S. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
    doi:
    10.2973/odp.proc.ir.199.114.2002
  • Leg 199 explanatory notes - Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Faul, K., Gaillot, P.A., Hovan, S.A., Janecek, T.R., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lear, C.H., Lyle, M., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, H., Parés, J.M., Quintin, L., Raffi, I., Rea, B.R., Rea, D.K., Steiger, T.H., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D., Wade, B.S. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
    doi:
    10.2973/odp.proc.ir.199.102.2002
  • Leg 199 summary - Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Faul, K., Gaillot, P.A., Hovan, S.A., Janecek, T.R., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lear, C.H., Lyle, M., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, H., Parés, J.M., Quintin, L., Raffi, I., Rea, B.R., Rea, D.K., Steiger, T.H., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D., Wade, B.S. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
    doi:
    10.2973/odp.proc.ir.199.101.2002
  • Site 1220 - Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Faul, K., Gaillot, P.A., Hovan, S.A., Janecek, T.R., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lear, C.H., Lyle, M., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, H., Parés, J.M., Quintin, L., Raffi, I., Rea, B.R., Rea, D.K., Steiger, T.H., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D., Wade, B.S. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
    doi:
    10.2973/odp.proc.ir.199.113.2002
  • Site 1217 - Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Faul, K., Gaillot, P.A., Hovan, S.A., Janecek, T.R., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lear, C.H., Lyle, M., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, H., Parés, J.M., Quintin, L., Raffi, I., Rea, B.R., Rea, D.K., Steiger, T.H., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D., Wade, B.S. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
    doi:
    10.2973/odp.proc.ir.199.110.2002
  • Site 1219 - Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Faul, K., Gaillot, P.A., Hovan, S.A., Janecek, T.R., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lear, C.H., Lyle, M., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, H., Parés, J.M., Quintin, L., Raffi, I., Rea, B.R., Rea, D.K., Steiger, T.H., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D., Wade, B.S. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
    doi:
    10.2973/odp.proc.ir.199.112.2002
  • Site 1218 - Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Faul, K., Gaillot, P.A., Hovan, S.A., Janecek, T.R., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lear, C.H., Lyle, M., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, H., Parés, J.M., Quintin, L., Raffi, I., Rea, B.R., Rea, D.K., Steiger, T.H., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D., Wade, B.S. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
    doi:
    10.2973/odp.proc.ir.199.111.2002
  • Geochemical analysis of bulk marine sediment by Inductively Coupled Plasma–Atomic Emission Spectroscopy on board the JOIDES Resolution - Quintin, L., Faul, K., Lear, C.H., Graham, D., Peng, C., Murray, R.W., Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Gaillot, P.A., Hovan, S.A., Janecek, T.R., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lyle, M., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, Heiko, Parés, J.M., Raffi, I., Rea, B.R., Steiger, T.H., Rea, D.K., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D., Wade, B.S. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
    doi:
    10.2973/odp.proc.ir.199.107.2002
  • Site 1216 - Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Faul, K., Gaillot, P.A., Hovan, S.A., Janecek, T.R., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lear, C.H., Lyle, M., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, H., Parés, J.M., Quintin, L., Raffi, I., Rea, B.R., Rea, D.K., Steiger, T.H., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D., Wade, B.S. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
    doi:
    10.2973/odp.proc.ir.199.109.2002
  • Site 1215 - Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Faul, K., Gaillot, P.A., Hovan, S.A., Janecek, T.R., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lear, C.H., Lyle, M., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, H., Parés, J.M., Quintin, L., Raffi, I., Rea, B.R., Rea, D.K., Steiger, T.H., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D., Wade, B.S. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
    doi:
    10.2973/odp.proc.ir.199.108.2002
  • Site 1222 - Backman, J., Busch, W.H., Coxall, H.K., Faul, K., Gaillot, P.A., Hovan, S.A., Janecek, T.R., Knoop, P., Kruse, S., Lanci, L., Lear, C.H., Lyle, M., Moore, T.C., Nigrini, C.A., Nishi, H., Nomura, R., Norris, R.D., Pälike, H., Parés, J.M., Quintin, L., Raffi, I., Rea, B.R., Rea, D.K., Steiger, T.H., Tripati, A.K., Vanden Berg, M.D., Wade, B.S. and Wilson, P.A.
    Event:
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    College Station TX, USA
    doi:
    10.2973/odp.proc.ir.199.115.2002
Professor Paul Wilson
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH, UK

Room Number:NOCS/164/20

Telephone:(023) 8059 6164
Email:paul.wilson@noc.soton.ac.uk

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