UCL Earth Sciences


Prof Bridget Wade

Micropalaeontology, palaeoceanography, biostratigraphy, geochemistry, palaeoecology, evolution

Professor of Micropalaeontology

Prof Bridget Wade




Professor of MicropalaeontologyKathleen Lonsdale, 108

Courses Taught:

GEOL0044 Palaeoceanography
GEOL0047 MSc Dissertation
GEOL0038 Research Proposal

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Email Address:

Telephone Number:

b.wade@ucl.ac.uk020 3108 6359 (56359)

Research Summary

Bridget Wade joined UCL as a Professor of Micropalaeontology in 2013. She leads a research group of postdocs, PhD and MSc students in Cenozoic palaeoceanography and the palaeoecology of calcareous microfossils. Wade and her group use microfossils and their chemistry to determine patterns of evolution and extinction, ancient marine temperatures, productivity levels, global ice volume and sea level fluctuations. Her research has been international in scope, involving fieldwork in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico. She participated as a shipboard scientist on Ocean Drilling Program Leg 199 (2001) and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 321 (2009), as well as a site survey cruise (2009), onshore drilling by the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program at Chesapeake Bay Impact Structure (2005) and the Tanzania Drilling Project (2004).

Currently she is engaged in a number of research projects focusing on Cenozoic climate change from excellently preserved planktonic foraminifera to reconstruct sea surface temperatures across critical boundaries in Earth history. Related to her research in palaeoceanography, is the high resolution refinement and calibration of Cenozoic planktonic foraminiferal biostratigraphy, and determining the biotic response to climatic events. From 2005 Bridget has been Chair of the Paleogene Planktonic Foraminifera Working Group, part of the International sub-commission of Paleogene stratigraphy.

External recognition is shown by her election as a Fellow of the Paleontology Society, the Charles Schuchert Award, The Geological Society Wollaston Fund, the Alan Higgins Award from The Micropalaeontological Society, and Hodson Award from the Palaeontological Association and a CAREER Award through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. She is Chair of the Paleogene Planktonic Foraminifera Working Group and has recently been selected as an ECORD Distinguished Lecturer (2016-2017).

Current grants include:  

  • Natural Environment Research Council. Does developmental plasticity influence speciation? (PISTON). 
  • Natural Environment Research Council. Miocene to Recent planktonic foraminifera biochronology and evolution in the Pacific Warm Pool (IODP Expedition 363). 
  • Natural Environment Research Council Advanced Training: Short Courses. Taxonomy and biostratigraphy of Cenozoic planktonic foraminifera. 
  • Natural Environment Research Council Innovation Proposal. Planktonic Foraminifera@Nannotax: A web resource for foraminifera taxonomy and biostratigraphy.
  • Natural Environment Research Council. Ocean carbon cycling since the middle Miocene: testing the metabolic hypothesis. 
  • EU Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. “ERAS” Enhanced Research Activities in Stratigraphy.