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Miss Anieke Brombacher BSc, MSc

Postgraduate research student

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Miss Anieke Brombacher is Postgraduate research student within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

MSc Biogeology (cum laude), Utrecht University (2011-2013)

For my MSc thesis I recalibrated and applied foraminiferal Ba/Ca as a proxy for paleoproductivity. This included a culture experiment with live benthic foraminifera at the Alfred Wegener Institute (Bremerhaven, Germany) and analysis of fossil foraminiferal calcite with Laser Ablation ICP-MS.

Supervisors: Dr Lennart de Nooijer and Dr Gert-Jan Reichart

KNAW academy assistant, Utrecht University (2011-2012)

Lab traineeship which consisted of creating a high-resolution stable isotope record of benthic foraminiferal calcite during the Palaeocene - Eocene transition.

BSc Mathematical Sciences, Utrecht University (2007-2011)

BSc thesis on algebraic symmetries in wallpaper groups.



Research interests

My main research interests involve paleoceanography, proxy development and application, evolutionary biology and everything related to foraminifera.

Research project: Disentangling synergistic drivers of plankton evolution

Evolutionary biology generally considers selection on single traits as responses to individual climate factors. However, evolutionary processes might be better explained when the multi-faceted nature of global climate change is taken into account. Analogously, selection on one trait typically generates a response to selection in another. In my project I will assemble a new database of planktonic foraminifera to test the following hypotheses:

  1. Synergistic effects among many climate drivers explain more variation in micro- and macroevolutionary change than univariate effects;
  2. Species within different habitats show different responses to particular climatic variables;
  3. Microevolutionary trajectories of species depend critically on morphological trait covariation.


Dr Thomas Ezard
Professor Paul Wilson

Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Affiliate research group

Biological Sciences (UoS)

Miss Anieke Brombacher
Student Office, Room 166/09 University of Southampton Waterfront Campus National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number:NOCS/784/15

Telephone:(023) 8059 2617

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