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Professor Gavin Foster BSc, PhD

Professor of Isotope Geochemistry

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Professor Gavin Foster is Professor of Isotope Geochemistry within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BSc Geology, University of Leicester (1996)

PhD Isotope Geochemistry, Open University (2000)

NERC PDRA, Department of Geology, University of Leicester (2000-2003)

NERC PDRA, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol (2003)

NERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol (2003-2006)

NERC Advanced Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol (2006-2009)

NERC Advanced Research Fellow, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton (2009-2011)

Lecturer Ocean and Earth Science (2011-2012)

Flint Visiting Lecturer, Geology and Geophysics, Yale University (2013)

Research interests

Specialism: Isotope Geochemistry and Palaeoceanography

My research is primarily concerned with using novel isotopic techniques to better understand the impact of anthropogenic climate and environment change on the Earth System. Much of my research efforts are currently focused on using boron isotopes in the calcareous shells of foraminifera and in the skeletons of tropical and deep sea corals to reconstruct the state of the oceanic carbonate system on a variety of timescales in the past. I am also interested in the impacts of climate change on calcification in corals and foraminifera and in using isotopes and geochemistry to trace the sources of anthropogenic air pollution. 

For more information see my personal webpage –

Clean Labs
Clean Labs
Sea-surface temperature anomaly
Sea-surface temperature anomaly
D. dianthus deep sea coral
D. dianthus deep sea coral
Sampling coral in Bermuda
Sampling coral in Bermuda

Research group


Affiliate research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Research project(s)

PISTON: Does Developmental Plasticity Influence Speciation?

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Book Chapters




SOES3025 – Independent Mapping Project leader

SOES3006 - The Evolving Earth

SOES6047 - Global Climate Cycles

Professor Gavin Foster
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
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Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/186/10

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