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Awards: Katie Littler

11 June 2009

Awards: Katie Littler, our PhD student, received the best poster and joint-best oral contribution awards.


Katie Littler, 2nd year Phd student working on Early Cretaceous palaeoclimate and carbon-cycling under the supervision of Stuart Robinson and Paul Bown has received the best poster award at the IODP (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program) Symposium in May, which had a prize of £250 towards future conference attendance attached to it. The poster is entitled: "High sea-surface temperatures in the Early Cretaceous". - pdf version of the poster.

The second award was the joint-best oral contribution in the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS) Young Scientist Best Paper Award EGU 2009" at the European Geophysical Union meeting in April. The talk was entitled: "High sea-surface temperatures in the Early Cretaceous (Berriasian to Barremian)". The focus of the talk was on the application of the organic palaeothermometer technique known as TEX86, to marine sediments from the North Atlantic and southeast Indian Oceans of Early Cretaceous age (~137 million years ago). This technique allows us to reconstruct the average sea-surface temperatures from ancient oceans and to better understand the climate regime of this greenhouse world. Results suggest a warm, stable and equable world, where average sea-surface temperatures in the tropics may have been on the order of 7ºC warmer than at present.

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