Dr Carrie Lear

Dr Carrie Lear

Reader in Earth Sciences

Email:
learc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9004
Fax:
+44 (0)29 2087 4326
Location:
2.54, Main Building

Interests

  • Past climate change
  • Geochemical proxies
  • Long-term ice sheet stability
  • Cenozoic palaeoceanography
  • Reader in Earth Sciences – School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, UK (2013 – present)
  • Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences - School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, UK (2009-2013)
  • Lecturer in Earth Sciences, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, UK (2004-2009)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, NJ, USA (2001-2004)
  • PhD – Earth Sciences, Cambridge University, UK (2000)
  • BA – Earth Sciences, Oxford University, UK (1997).

I use the geochemistry of carbonate fossils as a window to past climatic change. For example, I use the Mg/Ca ratio of microscopic oceanic fossils called foraminifera to reconstruct past ocean temperatures, and their boron isotope ratios to reconstruct past changes in the carbon cycle and pCO2

. Most of these fossil samples have been drilled from deep-sea sediments by the International Ocean Discovery Program, and I have participated in several ocean coring expeditions. The overarching aim of my research is to constrain the long-term sensitivity of continental ice sheets to changing environmental conditions, including CO

2.


International Ocean Discovery Program - http://www.iodp.org/

PALSEA2 - http://people.oregonstate.edu/~carlsand/PALSEA2/Home.htmlScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics network -

http://www.stemnet.org.uk/