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Mr Matthew Nichols MGeol

Postgraduate research student

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Mr Matthew Nichols is a postgraduate research student within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2011-2015: MGeol Geology at the University of Leicester

Thesis title: Using stable isotopes to uncover the Holocene evolution of the central Irish Sea thermocline

Research interests

My research focusses on the evolution of North African hydroclimate during the Pliocene and Pleistocene. Through a combination of palaeomagnetic and geochemical proxies from IODP cores along the north-west African and western Iberian margins I aim to uncover the nature and timing of humid and desiccation events in North Africa. This may have implications for the timing of early human migration out of Africa.

Past projects during my undergraduate degree have included the Holocene evolution of the Irish Sea thermocline, causes of the δC13 isotope excursion at the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum and comparing past climate proxies and events to modern climate change.

Research project: Climate Change and Geomagnetic Field: New Insights from the West Iberian Margin


Dr Chuang Xuan
Prof Paul Wilson

Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

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Mr Matthew Nichols
Student Office, Room 166/09 University of Southampton Waterfront Campus National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH

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