UCL Earth Sciences


Dr David King

taxonomy & evolution of planktonic foraminifera, geochemistry, palaeoceanography, palaeoclimatology


Dr David King




Research AssociateKathleen Lonsdale, 101

Courses Taught:

non-teaching appointment

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Email Address:

Telephone Number:

david.j.king@ucl.ac.uk020 3108 6349 (56349)

Research Summary

My research interests lie within micropalaeontology with a focus on Cenozoic planktonic foraminifera. I am interested in the wide range of utilities of planktonic foraminifera such as taxonomy, evolution, and geochemistry. A particular focal point of my research has been high-resolution biostratigraphy and stratigraphic correlation to help calibrate the geological timescale. I also have an interest in Cenozoic palaeoceanography and palaeoclimatology, as well as ocean research drilling.

I am currently involved with the NERC TONIC grant, where I will be utilising planktonic foraminifera as proxies to reconstruct palaeoceanographic and palaeoclimatic changes during the Oligocene (~34-23 million years ago). Additionally, I am part of the Neogene planktonic foraminifera working group, which aims to standardise the taxonomy of the group, in order to aid their wide range of applications.