UCL Earth Sciences

Our MSc Geoscience students publish their research.

20 July 2017

Research papers in the field of Micropalaeontology.


Former UCL MSc students David King and Cherry Newsam have published their UCL MSc Geoscience research in a peer-reviewed journal. Both projects focused on the use of microscopic fossils to investigate extinction and palaeoenvironmental change.

David King, currently a PhD student in our department, says “I study a group of calcareous plankton that makes shells less than half a millimetre in size”. He said “The MSc in Geosciences at UCL was a fantastic course that was unique in how broad the modules offered were. The course allowed me to tailor my module choices to my interests, but did not direct me down one specific path. My research project led to very exciting results”. The core samples of both studies came from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).

Dr Cherry Newsam who recently completed her PhD dissertation, will be participating on an expedition this summer. Professor Bridget Wade who was involved in both projects said “It is great to have such talented students conduct high quality research.”

MSc Students papers

Image: David King and Cherry Newsam Research Projects.


Both articles were recently published in Newsletters on Stratigraphy and are available for free online at: DOI: 10.1127/nos/2016/0308 and DOI: 10.1127/nos/2016/0306

Full References:

Newsam, C., Bown, P.R., Wade, B.S., Jones, H. L. (2017). Muted calcareous nannoplankton response at the Middle/ Late Eocene Turnover event in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Newsletters on Stratigraphy v. 50(3), p. 297–309. DOI: 10.1127/nos/2016/0306

King, D.J., Wade, B.S. (2017). The extinction of Chiloguembelina cubensis in the Pacific Ocean: implications for defining the base of the Chattian (upper Oligocene). Newsletters on Stratigraphy v. 50(3), p. 311–339. DOI: 10.1127/nos/2016/0308

Further details about the MSc in Geosciences at UCL are available here