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I am currently a PhD student at Nothumbria University (Dept. of Geography and Environmental Sciences) working on vegetation reconstruction using Southern high-latitude Cenozoic spormorphs. Prior to joining Northumbria University as a PhD student, I studied Msc. Applied and Petroleum Micropalaleontology at the University of Birmingham, UK (Sept. 2016- Sept. 2017). I then moved to Italy to undertake a Petroleum Geology training and research with the Italian National Oil company (ENI, Milan) in collaboration with the University of Perugia gaining a second MSc (Laurea Magistrale in Petroleum Geology, 110/110 cum laude).

Research interests

Project: Southern High-Latitude Vegetation and Climate Change at the Eocene - Oligocene Transition and the Role of Tasman Gateway Deepening.

My PhD is focussed on using fossil pollen and spores across selected sites in Antarctica and Australasis (Prydz Bay, East Tasman Plateau, Australian Brown Creek, Cape Foulwind and the Kakanui River) to reconstruct past vegetation at the EOT. The main challenge hampering the understanding of the evolving climate of the Cenozoic Southern high-latitude are the lack of well-dated terrestrial vegetation records. This is because most palaeovegetation reconstruction in the southern high-latitude have heavily relied on isolated plant fossils such as leaves, woods and palynomorphs (pollen and spores) with relatively low time resolution and dating control.

My main objectives are;

1. To erect a high-resolution palynological record with robust dating control for selected sites.

2. To comapare and integrate the palynological data from all the sites and perform detailed analyses of the timing of vegetation changes if any, at the EOT to identify the driving force(s) of climate change.

3. To comapare terrestrial (sporomorph) data with marine (published Tex86 based SST) from Site 1172 and explore the impact of temperature on vegetation dynamics between these two proxies.

Education/Academic qualification

Geology, MSc, University of Perugia

1 Oct 201712 Jul 2019

Award Date: 12 Jul 2019

Geology, MSc, University of Birmingham

26 Sep 201626 Sep 2017

Award Date: 7 Dec 2017

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