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Revised biostratigraphy and sequence-stratigraphic framework of the late Mesozoic Scotian Margin, offshore eastern Canada

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Prof J Redfern No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

A fully funded MPhil studentship to start in April 2021 (or on award).  This research project is part of the CAPOC project, initiated by the NARG at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with the University of Plymouth. The primary aim of the MPhil project will be to establish and calibrate a high resolution biostratigraphic scheme for the Scotian margin of the proto-Atlantic Ocean during Callovian to Aptian times, within a sequence stratigraphic framework. This forms part of a wide study that aims to develop an integrated and high resolution biostratigraphic and isotopic proxy correlation for key intervals of the Jurassic/Cretaceous across the Central Atlantic conjugate margin that will evaluate changes in ocean circulation and climate in the central Atlantic and Tethys through the middle Jurassic to early Cretaceous interval.  

The MPhil study will include:

1) the re-evaluation of published and unpublished data,

2) the sampling and study of new samples from DSSP/ODP and industrial exploration wells,

3) the correlation with the reference section of Western Atlantic Morocco,

4) the integration of the new data to the sequence stratigraphy framework.

The micropaleontological part of the study will be focused on nannofossils and to a lesser extent on calpionellids, ammonites and planktic foraminifera. 

Online Interviews will take place on April 12th 2021

For further information contact: Prof Jonathan Redfern:  [Email Address Removed]

The successful candidate is expected to have good undergraduate training in micropalaeontology and biostratigraphy. Complementary training will be provided by members of the NARG Biostratigraphy team in the course of the MSc.

Funding Notes

This is a one year MPhil programme funded by OERA, covering Full fees, analytical costs and living allowance (open to UK Students only).


Recommended reading: Weston et al. 2012. A revised biostratigraphic and well-log sequence-stratigraphic framework for the Scotian Margin, offshore eastern Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 49: 1417–1462.
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