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Professor Laura F RobinsonMA, MSc(Cantab.), PhD(Oxon.)

Professor of Geochemistry

Laura Robinson

Professor Laura F RobinsonMA, MSc(Cantab.), PhD(Oxon.)

Professor of Geochemistry

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Research interests

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

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Water Research
  • Cabot Institute Food Security Research
  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research

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Postal address:
Wills Memorial Building
Queens Road
United Kingdom

Selected research outputs

  1. Published

    The Southern Ocean’s Role in Carbon Exchange During the Last Deglaciation

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Published

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