Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI)


The Palaeo@Leeds Research Group is a multidisciplinary group of palaeontologists, climate modellers, and geochemists, allowing an interdisciplinary perspective to palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironments. Research interests span a range of time scales in Earth History from the Precambrian to the Quaternary.

We use both extensive field work, geochemistry and computer modelling to understand past climates and oceans and how these relate to the modern day environment.

Our work includes:

  • Unravelling the complexities of mass extinction events and examining the links with volcanism, extraterrestrial impacts, and climate change.
  • Studying the fauna of deep-sea hydrothermal vents and seeps.
  • The diet of extinct megafauna - including the dinosaurs.
  • Ocean circulation and palaeogeography in a warmer world.
  • Changes in seasonality and climate through the last 66 million years.
  • Modelling the possible effects of ocean acidification.
  • Studying Antarctic and Arctic palaeoclimates and the stability of present-day ice sheets.
  • Climate modelling of the Quaternary ice age and de-glaciation.
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