Dr Flavia Boscolo Galazzo
- Foraminiferal micropaleontology and paleoecology
- Ocean biogeochemistry
- Cenozoic paleoclimate and carbon cycling
- Innovative didactics and teaching methods
Since September 2016 I am research associate at Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean sciences, working with Paul Pearson on a NERC founded project entitled “Ocean carbon cycling since the Middle Miocene: testing the metabolic hypothesis”.
The project couples micropaleontological and geochemical analyses on both planktic and benthic foraminifera and aims at investigate the role of temperature, and temperature changes, on organic carbon remineralization in the ocean over the last 15 million years.
I was born near Venezia, northern Italy, and did my PhD at Padova University Department of Geosciences with a thesis on the Middle Eocene Climatic Optimum, a prolonged warming episode about 40 million years ago. During my PhD I visited Yale University Geology and Geophysics department where I carried out a substantial amount of analysis and research related with my PhD thesis. After the completion of my PhD (2014) I remained for another year in Padova as postdoctoral researcher.
While still in Italy I was involved in a number of outreaching activities with local secondary schools which allowed me to enrich my (mostly) scientific background with expertise in science divulgation and innovative teaching methodologies.
I am a paleoceanographer and micropaleontologist specialized in Paleogene to Neogene benthic foraminifera. I apply my expertise to investigate past climatic changes in the Paleogene and Neogene. Specifically, I am interested in coupling microfossil and geochemical records to reconstruct ocean-climate interactions in the past and investigating the role of the ocean as a long- and short-term climate driver within the Earth System.