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Dr. Vanessa Bowman - Profile

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+44 (0)1223 221315

British Antarctic Survey
Madingley Road, High Cross
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0ET United Kingdom


I am a post-doctoral scientist who specialises in reconstructing climate and environments in the high southern palaeolatitudes during warm periods in the geological past. 

This is achieved by studying the fossil record of marine and terrestrial palynomorphs through time in conjunction with sedimentology, stratigraphy and geochemical techniques. The results are compared to those from global climate models, and discussed in terms of biogeography, with a view to understanding the sensitivity of Antarctica to future global change.

Recent projects have focussed on the Cretaceous – Paleogene sedimentary succession of Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Previous projects have included reconstructing Jurassic fossil forests and environments (New Zealand), investigating modern and Quaternary phytoliths for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction (sub-Antarctic islands, Australia) and reviewing palaeobotanical data to ground-truth palaeoclimate models.