Best Student Awards



Andrea Erhardt
Stanford University, US
Awarded poster: Expanding Pb isotopes as a tracer of dust provenance in the Pacific Ocean


Luz María Mejía
Dept. Geología, Universidad de Oviedo,
Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Awarded poster: 13C of opal-bound organic matter and opal boron content in fossil diatoms of different sizes and geometries
Research interest: As a Colombian marine biologist, I never imagined that the study and understanding of the paleoceanographic and paleoclimatological branch of the marine sciences would be both so interesting and important for the perspective in which mankind should aboard environmental issues in the future. I am particularly interested in understanding the way phytoplankton, the key players in the biological pump and key controllers of CO2 concentrations and climate worldwide, have adapted to variable environmental conditions and may respond to the combination of natural and the unprecedented anthropic changes that humanity has caused and will cause to their home: the surface oceans



Madeline Miller
Harvard University, US
Awarded poster: What is the information content of pore fluid chlorinity and d18O? A new approach to estimating LGM temperature and salinity
Research interest: I study the role of the ocean density structure in controlling ocean circulation and heat storage and exchange with polar ice sheets and the atmosphere, on both short (thousands of years) and long (millions of years) timescales.


Torben Struve P
Department of Earth Science and Engineering
Imperial College London, UK
Awarded poster: Water mass mixing in the Drake Passage during the last 40 kyrs
Research interest: I am working on the geochemical properties of fossil cold-water corals from the Southern Ocean. Such corals precipitate their skeletons from ambient seawater and thus, incorporate a chemical fingerprint of contemporaneous seawater into their skeletons. In order to learn about past water mass mixing and nutrient cycling in the water column I measure the isotopic composition of neodymium (Nd) and cadmium (Cd) extracted from the aragonitic skeletons of scleractinian cold-water corals. In combination with U-Th dating, radiocarbon analyses, temperature and pH reconstructions fossil cold-water coral skeletons are a powerful archive to unravel past ocean properties.



Paola Moffa-Sánchez
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Cardiff University, UK
Awarded poster: Solar forcing of North Atlantic climate over the last millennium
Research interest: My research interest lies in understanding decadal to centennial scale ocean variability in the North Atlantic and its relationship to climate over the last 2000 years. To reconstruct these ocean changes I use proxies such as faunal and geochemical analysis in foraminifera and grain size measurements on high resolution marine sediment cores.



Philippine Campagne
Univ Bordeaux 1, France
Awarded poster: Dynamic of the Mertz Glacier-polynya system in the Adélie-George V Land, East Antarctica, over the last 250 years
Research interest: I am currently doing my PhD on climate and oceanographic variability over the Late Holocene in Adélie Land, East Antarctica. I aim to reconstruct sea surface conditions at high resolution based on diatom assemblages, biomarkers and major/minor element contents to investigate forcings and feedbacks of the sea ice variations at  pluri annual to secular timescales.



Rosanna Greenop
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
United Kingdom
Awarded poster: The relationship between retreat of the East Antarctic ice sheet and CO2 during the Mid-Miocene Climatic Optimum.
Research interest: My research interests are focused on using the boron isotope palaeo-pH proxy to reconstruct atmospheric CO2 during intervals of Antarctic ice sheet instability. Currently my research is focused on two major climate events during the Miocene, the Mid-Miocene Climatic Optimum and the Oligocene-Miocene boundary.



Alice Marzocchi
School of Geographical Sciences
University of Bristol, UK
Awarded poster: Impact of orbital forcing on simulated Mediterranean-Atlantic dynamics in the Late Miocene
Research interest: The main focuses of my reaserch are (palaeo)climate modelling and oceanography. I am particularly interested in Mediterrean-Atlantic dynamics and North Atlantic ocean circulation on modern and palaeo timescales, Late Miocene climate, and model-data comparison.



Maria de la Fuente
Dept. Biologia Marina i Oceanografia
Institut de Ciències del Mar, CSIC
Barcelona, Spain
Awarded poster: Eastern Equatorial Pacific ventilation over the past 30 kyr
Research interest: My research is focused on inferring ocean circulation changes and past climate conditions over the past 30ky in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific. I use geochemical proxies as radiocarbon and B/Ca ratios (by LA-ICPMS) in planktonic and benthic foraminifera as ventilation and pH/CO32- proxies respectively



Dharma Reyes-Macaya
Paleoclimate Laboratory, Department of Oceanography and Center for Climate and Resilience Research, Universidad de Concepción, Chile.
MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany
Awarded poster: Water mass distribution during the Last glacial-interglacial transition and Late Holocene in the Eastern South Pacific
Research interest: My main research interest is in the reconstruction of past ocean circulation with focus on the Southern Hemisphere. I am currently working on water mass distribution in the Southeast Pacific during the late Pleistocene using stable isotopes in benthic foraminifera. I am also interested in studying other ocean-circulation tracers (e.g. Neodymium isotopes and radiocarbon) in both, the water column and sediments.



Katherine Crichton
Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement
Université Grenoble Alpes
Grenoble, France
Awarded poster: The permafrost-carbon effect on the carbon cycle for glacial timescales in an Earth-system model
Research interest: Modelling the Pleistocene Earth system with a focus on the carbon cycle and transient model simulations. Particular interest in the role of the terrestrial biosphere in response to cryosphere effects: permafrost and high-latitude carbon rich soils.