Paleogene evolution of alkenones

11 April 2014, 1.00 PM - 11 April 2014, 1.00 PM

LT4, School of Chemistry, Cantocks Close, Bristol

A special talk by Bristol alumni Prof S C Brassell.


Prof. S.C. Brassell is a prominent scholar in the field of organic geochemistry with almost 9,000 citations and a h-index of 45. Prof. S.C. Brassell, Geological sciences, Indiana University, received both his B.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Bristol. He developed the alkenone-palaeothermometer, arguably the best organic proxy available to palaeoceanographers to reconstruct sea surface temperatures in the past, with his seminal 1986 paper in Nature.  His recent research interests involve the determination, assessment, and interpretation of molecular and isotopic characteristics of organic matter to identify biogeochemical processes associated with carbon cycling in modern and ancient natural systems.  As well as activities focused on the exploration and application of biomarkers, and their isotopic signatures, as environmental, paleoclimatic, stratigraphic and geochemical tools

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