Microfossil phylogeny, evolution and diversity in the early Neogene

Theme: Past Life & Environments

Primary Supervisor:

Stephen Stukins

Earth Sciences, NHM

Secondary Supervisor:

Bridget Wade

Earth Sciences, UCL

Project Description:

Planktonic foraminifera underwent a major radiation across the Oligocene-Miocene transition and in the early Miocene, leading to the establishment of all major extant groups. However, the nature of these diversity changes are not currently well constrained, particularly in terms of the timing of evolutionary and extinction events, and the link to climatic change. This project focuses on the superb collections at the Natural History Museum to establish diversity and phylogenetic change in the early Neogene. Of particular focus are samples from the Caribbean and Asia.

Policy Impact of Research:

This research will examine a relatively poorly understood time period of foraminiferal turnover. The timing and nature of the evolutionary and extinction events will provide evidence for the effects of climate and oceanic change on planktonic marine species.

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