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Dr Ian Harding BSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Palaeontology

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Dr Ian Harding is Associate Professor within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BSc Geology, Nottingham University (1982)
PhD Micropalaeontology, Cambridge University (1986)
Recipient of a Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award (2005)
SOES Undergraduate Admissions Controller (2006-present)

Research interests

Specialisms: Palaeoceanography, Micropalaeontology, Palynology

Palaeoclimate change and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using micropalaeontological (palynological) proxies, especially in the Paleogene. Development and integration of dinoflagellate cysts, palynofacies analysis and geochemical indices as palaeoceanographic proxies; special interest in hyperthermal events and greenhouse-icehouse transition. Sedimentological and micropalaeontological investigation of taphonomic processes involved in exceptional fossil preservation, especially high resolution analysis of laminated and finely bedded sediments.

Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Visiting Associate Professor and Member of Scientific Committee of Research Centre for Palaeontology & Stratigraphy, Jilin University, Changchun, China (2002-present)
Director at Large on American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists Committee (2009-2011)
President Elect, President and past President of American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (2011-2014)
Admissions Controller for Ocean and Earth Science
Geology Alumni Officer (1997-present)
Academic Co-ordinator of Robin Saunders Endowed Fund (2000-present)
Chair of Palynology Group of The Micropalaeontological Society (2005-2010)
University Academic Integrity Officers Network (2009-present)

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Book Chapter


  • Harding, I. C., Trippier, S., & Steele, J. (2004). The provenancing of flint artefacts using palynological techniques. In E. A. Walker, F. Wenban-Smith, & F. Healy (Eds.), Lithics in Action: papers from the conference Lithic Studies in the Year 2000 (pp. 78-88). (Lithic Studies Society Occasional Paper; No. 8). Oxford, UK: Oxbow books.

Oceanography research training.

Module co-ordinator for:

SOES1002 Dynamic Earth
SOES2032 Palaeobiology
SOES3004 / SOES6022 Microfossils, environments and time.

Teaching (lecturing and/or practicals) on:

SOES1003 IT communication, field and laboratory skills
SOES1009 The Living Earth
SOES2012 Fieldwork and key skills for geologists
Advanced geological field skills
SOES3025 Independent mapping project
SOES3035 Oceanography research training
MSci Advanced Independent Research project

Dr Ian Harding
Student Office, Room 166/09 University of Southampton Waterfront Campus National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/186/03

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