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Professor Daniela Schmidt

Professor Daniela Schmidt

Professor Daniela Schmidt
PhD (ETHZurich)

Professor in Palaeobiology

Area of research

Biotic response to climate change

Office IC25
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5414


My research focuses on the effect of climate change and ocean acidification on ecology and evolution of marine organisms, focussing on critical transitions in Earth history e.g. the KPg, the PETM, the Pliocene and the Recent industrial age.

Our assessment of historical and geological records of ocean acidification covers a range of organisms from bryozoans, bivalves and corraline algae to marine plankton.

We use traditional methods such as taxonomy and stratigraphy but also novel approaches such as the ion probe [SIMS], electron probe [EMPA] for in-situ analysis of isotopes and trace elements in foraminifers, synchrotron scanning [SRXTM] and work in collaboration with the paleoclimate modelling group BRIDGE and the Bristol Isotope Group.


Wolfson Merit Scholar, Royal Society

Royal Society University Research Fellowship, University of Bristol

NERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol

Dr. sc. nat., Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland,
Diplom in Geology/Palaeontology, Dep. of Geosciences, University Bremen.

2012     Lyell Fund (The Geological Society)
2005     W. Storrs Cole Award  (GSA)
2005     Charles Downie Award (TMS)
2003     Silver medal              (ETH Zurich)

Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change WGII, Chapter 6 Ocean Systems, AR5

Editorial Board Marine Micropalaeontology
Associated Editor Paleoceanography

Book Editorial Board, The Geological Society of London


Micropalaentology (M level course)

Spain Field Class (level 2 Geology)


  • Ocean acidification
  • climate change
  • calcification

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Recent publications

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