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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

Mr Lewis Cuffaro Grant MSc

Postgraduate research student

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Lewis Grant is a post graduate research student within the University of Southampton’s Geochemistry research group, based at the National Oceanography Centre.

Academic History:

Geoscience MSc – University College London, 2016-2017

Geography and Geology, with year abroad BSc(hons) – University of Manchester, 2012-2016

Work History:

Journal Specialist – Frontiers in Engineering, 2020-2021

Senior Manuscript Assistant – Springer Nature, 2018-2020

Masters Thesis Title: Calcareous Nannofossil Response to Oligocene Eccentricity Cycles
Supervisors: Prof. Paul Bown and Prof. Bridget Wade

I began my PhD in January 2021 and focus on reconstructing past ocean chemistry by quantifying the geochemical effects of hydrothermal alteration within the oceanic crust. I am also utilizing machine learning techniques to create an algorithm which auto-classifies igneous lithological features within oceanic drill cores.  

Research interests

  • Hydrothermal alteration of the ocean crust
  • Chemical exchange between the oceans and lithosphere through time, specifically to constrain palaeoceanographic/climatological reconstruction
  • Machine learning and computer vision applications for oceanic drill core analysis

Research project: Quantifying Variations in Hydrothermal Contributions to the Oceans: Scaling from Drill Core Observations to Global Models


Dr Roz Coggon
Prof Damon Teagle
Dr Blair Thornton

Funding: The Royal Society

Research group


Mr Lewis Cuffaro Grant
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS

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