Current research projects
2017-present: Stable isotope analysis of stromatolites that grew in the Holocene in Ethiopia to investigate the rapidity of the African Humid Period termination. PIs: Dr Jonathan Dean, Dr Tim Raub (St Andrews).
2015-present: Stable isotope analysis of carbonates from a ~280 metre core sequence drilled from Chew Bahir, a palaeo-lake in southern Ethiopia, as part of the NERC project ‘A 500,000-year environmental record from Chew Bahir, south Ethiopia: testing hypotheses of climate-driven human evolution, innovation, and dispersal’. PI: Prof Henry Lamb (Aberystwyth). This project is part of the wider Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project, PI: Prof Andrew Cohen (Arizona), which aims to produce palaeoenvironmental records from five sites in eastern Africa, each being close to globally significant hominin sites. Funded by ICDP, NSF, NERC Standard Grant, DFG.
2015-present: Stable isotope analysis of carbonates from a ~40 metre core sequence from Chew Bahir, as part of the Collaborative Research Centre 806 Our Way to Europe project at the University of Cologne, PIs: Prof Frank Schäbitz and Prof Bernd Wagner (Cologne).
2012-present: Stable isotope analysis of carbonates from Nar Gölü, a lake in Cappadocia in central Turkey, as part of the NERC project ‘Climate Change and the Plague of Justinian’, examining the changes in climate that took place at the same time as the Plague of Justinian. PI: Prof Neil Roberts (Plymouth).
2010-present: Stable isotope analysis of carbonates, diatoms and organics from a ~22 metre core sequence taken from Nar Gölü, that extends from the present day back to ~14,000 years ago.