Professor Carrie Lear

Professor Carrie Lear

Professor in Earth Science

Email:
learc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9004
Fax:
+44 (0)29 2087 4326
Location:
1.72, 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/