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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
(023) 8059 2003

Dr Samantha Gibbs BA, MSc, PhD

Royal Society University Research Fellow

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Dr Samantha Gibbs is Royal Society University Research Fellow within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BA Hons Earth Sciences, University College, Oxford University (1996)

MSc Micropalaeontology, University College (1998)

PhD Micropaleontology and Palaeoceanography, Earth Sciences, Cambridge University and Natural History Museum, London (2002)

PDRA, Department of Geosciences, Penn State University (2003-2005)

NERC Research Fellow, School of Ocean and Earth Science,
NOCS (2005-2008)

Royal Society University Research Fellow, NOCS (2008 onwards)

Appointed Senior Research Fellow 2010

Research interests

Specialism: Calcareous Nannofossils and Palaeoceanography

My research uses the geological record of microscopic plankton (calcareous nannofossils) to document Cenozoic climate change, develop and integrate palaeoenvironmental proxies, and reconstruct plankton evolutionary histories. I am particularly interested in understanding the factors that control plankton production and burial during intervals of critical climate change versus background climate variability and deciphering potential ocean acidification responses in the fossil record. My current research focuses on the calcareous phytoplankton response to 1) the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (~55 Ma), one of the most abrupt warming intervals in Earth history, 2) other transient warming episodes in the Palaeogene, and, most recently, 3) the middle Eocene (~40-42 Ma), in particular, the middle Eocene climatic optimum (MECO).

Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Research project(s)

Descent into the Icehouse

Abrupt Ocean Acidification Events

Past and Present Ocean Acidification

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SOES6001: Geology and Geophysics Contemporary Topics course co-ordinator; lecturer in micropaleontology, climate change and palaeobiology

Dr Samantha Gibbs
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/164/42

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