Professor Paul Pearson

Professor Paul Pearson


School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 4579
2.49, Main Building


  • Cenozoic palaeoclimate
  • climate proxies
  • micropalaeontology
  • evolutionary palaeobiology
  • stratigraphy
  • Professor– School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, UK (2003 – present)
  • Royal Society University Research Fellow and Reader in Geology – Bristol University (1995-2002)
  • Research Fellow, Natural Environment Research Council  – University of Cambridge (1990 – 1995)
  • PhD – Earth Sciences, Cambridge University (1990)
  • BA – Geology, Oxford University (1986)

I am interested in extracting climatic information from deep sea cores and sediments. I specialize in evolutionary and geochemical studies of planktonic foraminifera, and what they tell us about the long history of climate change on Earth. I have helped develop new proxies for determining past seawater pH and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, and hence the history of the greenhouse effect. My studies range from the Cretaceous period to Recent. I am currently lead investigator on a proposal to the International Continental Drilling Project to recover the Eocene succession in Tanzania which is well known for its exceptional microfossil preservation. I was lead author of a recent UN report on the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life and chapter co-author of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

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