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Miss Marjorie Fis BSc, MSc

Postgraduate research student in Physical Geography

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Miss Marjorie Fis is a postgraduate research student in Physical Geography within the University of Southampton.

Graduated from the University Paul Sabatier Toulouse III in 2016 with a BSc in Earth and Environmental Sciences, I decided to focus on past climate change by undertaking an MSc in Palaeontology, Sedimentology and Palaeoenvironments at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon. Meanwhile, I developed a strong interest in geochemistry and more specifically, in organic geochemistry applied to Quaternary palaeoclimatology.

Lately, I have been involved in several projects using lake sediments as climate archives to inform past climate dynamics in remote and vulnerable areas (Kerguelen Islands, South Pacific Islands Countries).

As part of my doctoral research, I aim to expand the palaeoclimatic data available for the tropical South Pacific region and better understand climate drivers (e.g. ENSO, IPO) to prevent extreme climate events, such as floods/droughts and cyclones.

Research interests

  • High-resolution climate records from lakes and peat bogs sediments
  • Biomarkers as temperature and precipitation proxies
  • Varve chronology to date climate events
  • El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) variability and its hydroclimatological impacts on vulnerable areas
  • Pacific Climate change associated with shifts of the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ)

PhD research

Working title: Quantifying the frequency and impacts of ENSO driven droughts in tropical Pacific Island Nations

PhD supervision: Prof. David Sear, Prof. Justin Sheffield, Prof. Peter Langdon, Prof. Ian Croudace

Research group

Earth Surface Dynamics

Affiliate research group

Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS)

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Module GEOG2037 – Global Water Resources

Module GEOG2030 – Exploring Physical Environments: Tenerife Field course

  • 2018 – Present: Quaternary Research Association (QRA)
  • 2019 – Present: Past Global Changes Early-Career Network (PAST ECN)
  • 2019 – Present: The Geologists' Association (GA)
Miss Marjorie Fis
Building 44 University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/1067

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