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Miss Tereza Kunkelova MEarthSci

Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)

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Miss Tereza Kunkelova is a postgraduate research student within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2012 – 2017: MEarthSci Geology and Physical Geography, University of Edinburgh

Research interests

My research interests are primarily focused on reconstructing palaeoclimate, specifically in regions with high dust flux.

For my MEarthSci project entitled ‘Dust influx to the eastern Arabian Sea over the last 1.5 Myr’, I investigated the influence of insolation and northern hemisphere glaciations on aridity and sea surface temperature (SST) in marine sediments from the Maldives (IODP Site U1467). I applied Fe/K and K/Al ratios using X-ray fluorescence core scanner data as aridity proxies, planktic foraminifera (Globigerinoides ruber) oxygen stable isotope record as a proxy of SST and statistical analysis to assess the power of orbital frequencies in the Maldives.

Research project: Aridity in the Greater Middle East: palaeoclimate insights into human-induced climate change and the history of our hominid ancestors 

My current research project involves reconstructing short- and long-term hydroclimate variability in the Greater Middle East, one of the world’s most water stressed regions. To do this I am using marine sediment cores to investigate changes in the supply of wind-blown dust versus riverine clays as a proxy for terrestrial environmental change. Confidence of computer climate model predictions is low as they disagree about the response of precipitation to anthropogenic climate change. This study aims to improve predictions of climate response to warming over the coming centuries.


Paul Wilson
Steve Bohaty
Anya Crocker

Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

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Miss Tereza Kunkelova
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/164/21

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