Dr Christopher Smart
Associate Professor (Reader) in Palaeontology
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)
Teaching and research in palaeontology, micropalaeontology and palaeoceanography.
Stage 4 Earth Sciences Tutor.
2016 - NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory (NIGL) support - Smart,C. W. [PI] and Wall-Palmer, D., Shelled heteropods: morphology, molecular taxonomy and global distributions (IP-1598-1115) (£5,200).
2014 - Palaeontological Association Undergraduate Research Bursary - Smart, C. W. [Principal Supervisor], additional supervisors: Hart, M. B. and Wall-Palmer, D., student: Curtis Bracher (Stage 2 BSc Geology, PU), Variations in seasonality of productivity over the last 20 kyr in the bathyal NE Atlantic using foraminifera (£1600).
1997 - Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (University of Plymouth, UK)
1996 - The President's Award, The Geological Society of London
1993 - PhD Micropalaeontology, University of Southampton, UK
1989 - BSc (Hons) Geology, 1st Class, University of Exeter, UK
Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research (Member)
The Micropalaeontological Society (Member)
The Palaeontological Association (Member)
Roles on external bodies
2007-2011: Member of the Editorial Board of Micropaleontology
Teaching in palaeontology, micropalaeontology and palaeoceanography across the Earth Sciences programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate level). Currently, I teach on the following modules:
•GEOL1001/PGG1001 (The Dynamic Earth/Physical Geography and Geology Interactions) – the fossil record
•GEOL1003 (Geosystems) – atmosphere and oceans; microfossils and climate change
•GEOL1004 (Palaeontology and Stratigraphy) – palaeontology
•GEOL2001 (Palaeontology and Sedimentology) – aspects of micropalaeontology
•Stage 2 tutorials
•GEOL3004 (Advanced Palaeontology and Sedimentology) [Module Leader] – Cenozoic micropalaeontology and palaeoceanography
•GEOL3009 (Professional Case Studies) - palaeoceanography
•Stage 4 Project Adviser/Tutor (geological mapping)
Stage 5 (MGeol):
•GEOL5003 (Advanced Analytical Skills) – micropalaeontology
•MGeol Project Adviser – various palaeontology, micropalaeontology and palaeoceanography projects
•MAR514 (Marine Science) – aspects of palaeoceanography
•MSc/MRes Project Adviser: on average 1-2 students per year (MSc Applied MarineScience; previously: MSc/MRes Global Environmental Change; MSc/MRes MarineMicropalaeontology, MSc/MRes Marine Geosciences) – various palaeontology,micropalaeontology and palaeoceanography projects
•Stage 1 Earth Sciences residential field-trip to Cornwall and Dorset[ Field-trip Leader 2008-2015]
•Stage 1 Earth Sciences and PGG residential field-trip to Cornwall [Field-tripLeader to SW Wales 2004-2007]
•Stage 2 Earth Sciences field-trip to Pembrokeshire, SW Wales
Staff serving as external examiners
2013 - PhD, University of Plymouth
2006 - PhD, University of Plymouth
2004 - PhD, University College London
2004 - PhD, University of Southampton
2001 - PhD, University of Plymouth
2001 - PhD, University of Southampton
1999 - PhD, University College London
My research interests include the ecology, palaeoecology and taxonomy of benthic and planktic foraminifera, and Cenozoic palaeoceanography.
Current research projects include:
- Streptochilus: morphology and palaeoecology
- Miocene palaeoceanography
- Palaeoceanography of the Atlantic and Southern Oceans during the last 20 kyr
- Changes in ocean acidification using foraminifera and pteropods
- Shelled heteropods
University of Plymouth Research Group Membership:
Grants & contracts
2016 NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory (NIGL) support - Smart,C. W. [PI] and Wall-Palmer, D., Shelled heteropods: morphology, molecular taxonomy and global distributions (IP-1598-1115) (£5,200).
2014 Palaeontological Association Undergraduate Research Bursary -Smart, C. W. [Principal Supervisor], additional supervisors: Hart, M. B. and Wall-Palmer, D., student: Curtis Bracher (Stage 2 BSc Geology, PU), Variations in seasonality of productivity over the last 20 kyr in the bathyal NE Atlantic using foraminifera (£1600).
2014-2017 Plymouth University awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Grant on ‘Shelled heteropods: morphology, molecular taxonomy and global distributions’ (£164,585). Project directed by Dr Christopher Smart (Principal Applicant), Dr Richard Kirby (Marine Institute) (Co-applicant) and Dr Debbie Wall-Palmer (Research Assistant).
2013 Marine Institute Small Collaborative Research Grant, Plymouth University - Smart, C. W. [PI], Hall-Spencer, J. and Hart, M. B., Holocene sea level rise and the separation of Jersey from France. (£5,000).
2013 NERC Research Grant (Directed, Research Programmes, IODP) - Smart, C. W. (PI) High resolution oxygen isotope stratigraphy of Integrated Ocean Drilling Program sites U1394, U1395 and U1396, off-shore Montserrat, Lesser Antilles (NE/K002724/1) (£59,354).
2012 Marine Institute Small Collaborative Research Grant, Plymouth University - Smart, C. W. [PI] and Shapiro, G., Can dense water overflow off continental shelves (cascading) be recognised in the geological past? (£4,775).
2011 NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory (NIGL) support - Smart, C. W., Hart, M. B. and Wall-Palmer, D., The response of pteropod and related faunas to climate change and ocean acidification (IP-1250-0511) (£7,300).
2007 Royal Society Conference Grant - To attend the 9th International Conference on Paleoceanography (ICP9), 3-7 September 2007, Shanghai, China (£1,750).
2006-2008 The Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant - Tephrochronology of marine sediments around the volcanic island of Montserrat, Caribbean Sea (£58,492) - Hart, M. B., Smart, C. W., Price, G. D. and Sparks, S. J.
2004-2005 NERC/UKIODP Rapid Response Award - Miocene deep-sea benthic foraminiferal faunas from a depth transect on the Walvis Ridge, SE Atlantic (ODP Leg 208): palaeoceanographic implications (£965)
2003-2004 Royal Society Research Grant - Quaternary oceanic seasonality (£8,645)
2001-2002 NERC/UKODP Rapid Response Award - A high-resolution comparison of abundance records of planktonic foraminifera and radiolarians during the last 35 kyr from ODP Hole 658C (Leg 108): implications for upwelling intensity (£1,162)
2000-2001 NERC/UKODP Rapid Response Award - Pleistocene climatic history reflected in planktonic foraminifera from ODP Site 1073 (Leg 174A), New Jersey margin, NW Atlantic Ocean (£1,800)
- Palaeontology and Palaeoenvironments
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