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Dr Sindia Sosdian

During her PhD at Rutgers University, Sindia reconstructed high-resolution records of deep ocean temperature and ice volume across major Plio-Pleistocene climate transitions. These records, derived from Mg/Ca ratios and oxygen isotopes in benthic foraminifera, provided insight into unraveling the mechanisms behind the initiation and intensification of Northern Hemisphere glaciation. In addition to unraveling the puzzles of past climate change, she tackled constraining the temporal variation in geochemical processes that impact the global carbon cycle using geochemical tracers in marine gastropods as an archive of seawater chemistry. Following her PhD, she made her way down under to the Australian National University where she worked on developing a novel earthquake proxy using isotopic and elemental proxies in coral skeletons collected from Indonesia. Currently, Sindia is a postdoctoral research associate working with Carrie Lear on reconstructing records of sea surface temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations across the Middle Miocene Climate Transition. The overarching goal of this project is to use these paleoclimate records to test climate models on timescales and boundary conditions relevant to future climate change