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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Professor EJ Rohling BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor of Ocean and Climate Change

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Professor EJ Rohling is Professor of Ocean and Climate Change within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.


PhD: "Late Quaternary changes in the eastern Mediterranean climate and hydrography and implications for the formation of sapropels". (Dept. of Geology, Utrecht University, 23 Oct. 91)

MSc: Stratigraphy/Micropaleontology with Physical Oceanography & Climatology, and Sedimentology (Utrecht University, 31 Aug. 87)

BSc: general geology G1, Dept. of Geology (Utrecht University, 22 Oct. 84)

Honours and Awards

Jan 11—Present. Royal Society - Wolfson Research Merit Award holder

May 08—Present. Correspondent (= working-abroad Fellow), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science (KNAW)

Feb.–Mar. 2010. Japan Society for Promotion of Science Senior Invited Researcher

June 2004. Invited CORC-ARCHES visiting researcher, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

May 1994. Invited Professor. National Museum for Natural History, Paris, France

Research interests

Specialism: Ocean and Climate Change

High-resolution investigation of ocean/climate changes during the Neogene, and in particular the Quaternary, to determine the nature, timing and magnitude of natural climate variability.

Theoretical and applied (integrated with proxy records) modelling of present-day and past states of circulation and property distribution. 

Theoretical and practical/analytical research on the use of conservative properties and d18O to trace deep-water formation, advection and mixing processes in the modern ocean. 

Assessment of changes in deep-sea ventilation states and nutrient distribution mechanisms, the interactions with the organic and inorganic carbon cycle, and the impact of ecological responses on proxy records. 

Integration of Holocene palaeoclimate research with archaeological records.

Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Research project(s)

Quaternary sea-level changes

RESET: Response of humans to abrupt Environmental Transitions

Centennial-scale relationship of sea-level variability with global temperature & CO2 concentrations

iGlass: Using interglacials to assess future sea level scenarios


Editor Reviews of Geophysics (2010—Present)

Editor Paleoceanography (2006-2009)

Associate Editor Paleoceanography (2001-2005)

Editorial Board member Quaternary Science Reviews (2009—Present)

Editorial Board member Geology (2005-2007)

Editor Climate of the Past (2005)

Editorial Board member Mediterranean Marine Science (2000-2002)

Guest editor, Marine Micropalaeontology 40 (10 papers) (2000)

Guest editor, Marine Geology 153 (20 papers) (1999)

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