I am a GCRF Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer at the University of Southampton. I study climate‒biogeochemistry interactions in past, present and future environments and specialise in the geochemical analysis of biomarkers (‘molecular fossils’). Biomarkers are organic compounds derived from a biological source organism and can be preserved in the sedimentary record for millions of years. I have applied a biomarker approach to reconstruct climate and environmental change throughout Earths history. My research brings together extensive multidisciplinary expertise and I work across disciplinary boundaries with environmental scientists, climatologists, ecologists, botanists, and Earth system modellers.
The primary focus of my research is on past climate states (“paleoclimates”) and climate variability therein. Paleoclimates provide us which rich evidence of how climate processes operated across a range of CO2 concentrations. They also provide insights into the known (and unknown) feedbacks that may operate in the future. I am currently funded via a Royal Society Fellowship and lead the DETECT project ('Destabilisation of the terrestrial biosphere in warm climates'). I am also involved in various other projects, including TONIC (NERC Large Grant; co-PI), PROMS (NERC Standard Grant; co-I) and OKAPI (ETH Research Grant; co-I).
Current PhD Students
Dr Gordon Inglis is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.
2020-2024: Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton
2019-2020: Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol
2015-2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Bristol
2011-2015: PhD, Organic Geochemistry, University of Bristol
2007-2011: BSc (Hons), Earth Science, University of Glasgow
- Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship (2020)
- Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences (FELS) Dean’s Award for Research (2020)