About the Project
The PhD student will investigate palaeoceanographic and biogeochemical changes in the subarctic North Pacific Ocean in the late Pliocene (2.7-3.5 Ma), with a focus on an interval between Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) M2-KM3 (3.3-3.1 Ma) which represents an analogue of a “warmer” climate system. Using sediment cores from ODP Site 882 (subarctic north-west Pacific Ocean), the student will generate multi-proxy isotope and geochemical records to:
• constrain late Pliocene PMOC variability in the North Pacific Ocean from 3.5-3.0 Ma, including across the key time interval of MIS M2-KM3;
• assess oceanographic and biogeochemical interactions arising from PMOC, including changes in ocean-atmospheric exchanges in CO2 and their impact on the global climate system.
All work will be primarily carried out either at the University of Nottingham or at the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory at the British Geological Survey (BGS) – institutes that are aligned through the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry (www.environmentalgeochemistry.org/home.html) - with additional visits to the University of Exeter. Throughout the PhD you will gain strong experience in both isotope geochemistry and palaeoceanographic research. In addition to complementary training from the University of Nottingham/Envision DTP, on completion of the PhD you will be fully equipped to follow an academic pathway onto a post-doctoral position.
Applicants must have a BSc (first or upper second class) or Masters level degree in Geoscience, Geography/Geology, Environmental Science or related subject.
Please contact George Swann ([Email Address Removed]).
For more detailed eligibility criteria please see the Envision website - http://www.envision-dtp.org/projects/information/.
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