Dr Peter Abbott

Dr Peter Abbott

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


  • Geochronology
  • Ice and marine core palaeoclimate
  • Tephrochronology of ice and marine cores
  • Geochemical characterisation of tephra (major and trace elements)
  • Abrupt climate change
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Research Fellow, Cardiff University and University of Bern, September 2016 - present
  • Postdoctoral Research Officer, Tephra Constraints on Rapid Climate Events (TRACE), Swansea University, September 2011 - July 2016
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Synchronising MArine and ice-core Records using Tephrochronology, Swansea University, September 2010 – August 2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Synchronising MArine and ice-core Records using Tephrochronology, University of St Andrews, September 2009 – August 2010
  • PhD in Physical Geography, “Tephrochronology of the Greenland ice cores and North Atlantic region during Marine Isotope Stage 4”, Swansea University, September 2005 – August 2009
  • MSc in Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway/UCL, University of London, September 2004-September 2005









My research to date has been focused on the use of layers of volcanic ash and tephrochronology to link palaeoclimatic archives including marine and ice cores in the North Atlantic region and developing techniques for the identification of hidden or so-called cryptotephras in these archives. This work has also involved the application of geochemical techniques (EPMA and LA-ICP-MS) to characterise the geochemical composition of the tephra horizons to aid correlation between records.

During my current project, Southern Ocean and Antarctic Climatic Phasing (SHARP), I will be focussing on applying tephrochronological techniques to marine cores from the Southern Ocean and Antarctic ice cores. With the aim of linking these key archives and assessing climatic phasing and variability in the marine reservoir effect.

I will be based at the University of Bern between September 2016 and August 2018.