Professor Carrie Lear

Professor Carrie Lear

Professor in Earth Science

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Email:
learc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9004
Fax:
+44 (0)29 2087 4326
Location:
1.72, Main Building
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision

Interests

  • Past climate change
  • Geochemical proxies
  • Long-term ice sheet stability
  • Cenozoic palaeoceanography
  • Chair in Earth Sciences, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University (2016-Present)
  • Head of Changing Earth and Oceans Research Group
  • Founder and Chair of UK Paleoclimate Society
  • Member of Editorial Board of Geology
  • Member of REF2021 Sub-panel 7
  • Reader in Earth Sciences, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University (2013 – 2016)
  • Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University (2009-2013)
  • Lecturer in Earth Sciences, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University (2004-2009)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, NJ, USA (2001-2004)
  • PhD – Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK (2000)
  • BA (hons) Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK (1997)

Honours and awards

Bigsby Medal, Geological Society of London (2017)

Philip Leverhulme Prize (2005)

Bateman Scholarship (Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge)

Geology Prize and Scholarship (University of Oxford) (1994-1997)

Professional memberships

President of the UK Paleoclimate Society

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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 Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, and I have participated in several ocean coring expeditions. The overarching aim of my research is to understand feedbacks in the climate system and constrain the long-term sensitivity of continental ice sheets to changing environmental conditions, including CO2.

Paleoclimate and Paleoceanography

Geochemical Proxies

Current supervision

Michael Nairn

Michael Nairn

Research student

Amy Sparkes

Amy Sparkes

Research student

Emanuela Piga

Emanuela Piga

Research student