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Dr Laura Robinson

Dr Laura Robinson

Dr Laura Robinson
MA, MSc(Cantab), PhD(Oxon)

Reader in Geochemistry

Area of research

To document and understand the processes that govern climate

Office G15
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 331 5158

Summary

My research interests are to document and understand the processes that govern climate on time scales ranging from the modern day back through hundreds of thousands of years. To do this research I use geochemical techniques, with an emphasis on radioactive elements including uranium series isotopes and radiocarbon. These elements are particularly valuable as they have a wide range of decay rates and geochemical properties and can be analysed in geologic materials such as corals, marine sediments and seawater.

Through a combination of field work (see the cruise blog link for an example) and lab work (see lab website link) I have been tackling questions relating to:

  • Timing of Pleistocene climate change events
  • Palaeoclimate reconstructions
  • Deep-sea coral paleo-biogeography
  • Impact of weathering on the ocean and climate
  • Biomineralization
  • Development of new geochemical proxies for past climate conditions
  • Chemical tracers of ocean circulation

Deep sea coral from Drake Passage

NB Palmer

Ice berg in Southern Ocean

Biography

EMPLOYMENT:

2012 Reader, University of Bristol

2011 Lecturer, University of Bristol

2009 Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

2006 Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

2003 Post-doctoral Fellow in Geochemistry, California Institute of Technology

 

EDUCATION:

2003 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

"U-Th Dating of Marine Isotope Stage Seven using Bahamian Slope Sediments”

1999 Master of Sciences (Earth Sciences) University of Cambridge

1998 Bachelor of Arts (Natural Sciences) University of Cambridge

 

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching:

EASC 30017 Oceanography

EASC M0039 Tracing and Observing The Earth System

Director of Year Abroad Program

Undergraduate Tutor

 

Reseach advisor:

Supervisor for doctoral graduate students

Current

Peter Spooner (University of Bristol)

Vanessa Fairbank (University of Bristol)

Hong Chin Ng (University of Bristol)

Maria Chapela Lara (University of Bristol)

2011 Andrea Burke (WHOI-MIT Joint Program in Oceanography)

 

 

Keywords

  • Low temperature geochemistry
  • uranium series nuclides
  • paleoceanography
  • chemcial weathering
  • ocean circulation
  • chemical oceanography.

Memberships

Organisations

School of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences staff

Research groups

Research themes

Interdisciplinary groups

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Courses

Dr Robinson currently teaches 2 courses:

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