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Institute for Life Sciences

Lorna Kearns 2021

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Science, by it’s nature, is interdisciplinary and therefore it only makes sense to conduct research in the same manner.

Inferring early warning signals of ecosystem collapse at the end of the Eocene greenhouse

I graduated from The University of Leeds with a BSc in Geological Sciences (with industrial placement) in 2016. During my final year project, I developed an interest in palaeontology, specifically micropaleontology.

Following my undergraduate, I decided to do an MRes in Marine Geology and Geophysics at NOCS, University of Southampton. During this year I chose to specialise in micropaleontology and palaeoceanography, working with Dr Thomas Ezard. My research focused on using geochemical, morphological and statistical techniques to look at intraspecific differences between morphotypes of the planktonic foraminifera Globigerinoides ruber.

I chose to carry on my studies with Dr Thomas Ezard and my PhD is now expanding on some of the ideas and techniques developed in my masters. The aim of my project is to determine whether there were any precursors to the widespread extinctions documented in planktic foraminifera during the descent into the icehouse.



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