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Dr Anieke Brombacher PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Anieke Brombacher is a Research Fellow within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Career history

2017 – present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in micropaleontology: ‘Does developmental plasticity influence speciation?’

2017: Johanna M. Resig Foraminiferal Research Fellowship: ‘Origination, evolution and extinction of the Eocene planktonic foraminifer Orbulinoides beckmanni

2013 – 2017: PhD ‘High-resolution evolution: calibration and application of fossil foraminifera in evolutionary time series’. National Oceanography Centre Southampton

2012 – 2013: KNAW Academy Assistant: ‘Isotope stratigraphy of Early Eocene hyperthermals’. Utrecht University (NL)

2011 – 2013: MSc ‘Barium incorporation in benthic foraminifera’. Cum laude. Utrecht University (NL)

2007 – 2011: BSc Mathematical Sciences. Utrecht University (NL)

Research interests

As a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Oceanography Centre I study developmental plasticity and speciation in planktonic foraminifera. Foraminifera retain their entire developmental history in their fossil tests, allowing studies of developmental plasticity in deep time. As ambient environmental conditions are recorded in the chemical composition of the foraminifera shells it becomes possible to quantify the effects of local environmental change on morphological development and speciation.

In my PhD project I studied the effects of multivariate climate change on evolution and extinction in Pliocene - Pleistocene planktonic foraminifera lineages. The findings showed that environmental change can deflect otherwise stable allometries, and that evolutionary response is strongest to a combination of environmental factors, none of which were dominant individually. During the final stage of my PhD project I was awarded a Johanna M. Resig Research Fellowship to study origination, evolution and extinction of Middle Eocene Globigerinathekids.

Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Research project(s)

PISTON: Does Developmental Plasticity Influence Speciation?

Understanding diachroneity: Palaeoenvironmental controls on dispersal of planktonic foraminifera in the Plio-Pleistocene oceans

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Book Chapter

Lectures on SOES3004/6022 Microfossils, Environments and Time

Dr Anieke Brombacher
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

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