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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
(023) 8059 3199

Dr Jessica H Whiteside BSc (Hons), MSc, MPhil, DPhil (with distinction)

Associate Professor of Geochemistry

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Dr Jessica H Whiteside is Associate Professor within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Visiting Professor, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jan 2013 to present

Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University, October 2006 to July 2013

Columbia University Earth & Environmental Sciences PhD (with distinction) 2006

Columbia University Earth & Environmental Sciences MPhil, 2004

Columbia University Earth & Environmental Sciences MA, 2003

Mount Holyoke College, Geology BA (Hons) 2001

Research interests

  • Mechanisms of mass extinctions and ecosystem response
  • Ecologic resilience during intervals of abrupt climate change
  • Nature of forcings during transitions between greenhouse and icehouse worlds

Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Research project(s)

Estimating past methane emissions from Alaskan lakes (METHANOL)

Research Associate in Paleobiology, US Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) Oct 2011-present.

IODP Scientist, Leader of Chemistry Group, Expedition 342: Paleogene Newfoundland Sediment Drifts. June-July 2012. Recovery of continuous marine records through multiple extreme climate transients (hot transients: PETM, K-Pg boundary, Cretaceous oceanic anoxic events; cold transients: early Oligocene, Oligocene-Miocene glacial maxima).

Colorado Plateau Drilling Project Team Member. Project targeted at identifying and constraining deep-time records of extraordinary ecosystem change related to constrained perturbation - the extrinsically forced effects of the giant Late Triassic Manicouagan impact. Coring begins in October 2013.

Scientific Coring Team Member for K-Pg Boundary Project at El Kef, Tunisia, funded by NSF Earth-Life Transitions program. Coring to commence in late 2013.

NSF Earth-Life Transitions initiative-invited contributor for what developed into a new multi-million dollar NSF funding program in deeptime paleoclimate research, 2011-12.

Field trip leader for NEIGC, GSA, SEPM GAC-MAC, NAPC, Royal Museum of Scotland, UK, and British Geological Association, 2000-present.

Climate and environmental change liaison to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Spring 2012-present.

Session chair and organiser for American Geophysical Union 2010, for EGU 2011, and for three sessions at American Geophysical Union 2012.

Public Media: Coordinated with numerous media outlets for press articles, including The Economist, BBC, Science News, Wired, The Washington Post, Discovery News, etc., 2009-present; “Animal Armageddon”, Animal Planet, 2009; "The Nature of Things", CBC, 2007.

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Lecturer for SOES 3011 / 6007: Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles

Module co-ordinator SOES 3015: Palaeoclimate Change

Dr Jessica H Whiteside
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/164/01

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