Ms Madeleine Vickers
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Ms Madeleine Vickers

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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Qualifications

MEarthSci (University of Oxford)

Research interests

Earth has seen huge variability in its climate throughout geological time, and my research interests lie in reconstructing global climate changes deep in Earth's history. My PhD focuses on the Early Cretaceous (145-66 Ma), a period characterised by very high atmospheric CO 2  levels (400 –> 1500ppm).However, climate reconstructions from this time suggest a much more dynamic climate than might be expected. Instead of invariant greenhouse conditions,there is evidence for cool episodes with possible ephemeral polar ice-caps throughout the Cretaceous.

Specifically, I am using evidence from the EarlyCretaceous sedimentary deposits of Arctic Svalbard, since the poles are climatically sensitive to global change and therefore climate records from this region are of key importance. Furthermore, there are unrivalled vegetation-free exposures of sediments at a number of locations around Spitsbergen. By reconstructing local environmental and climatic changes, and improving the resolution of age constraints of the succession on Svalbard, I hope to improve our understanding of larger global climate perturbations that occurred during this time.

Grants & contracts

 

Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award at the EGUGeneral Assembly 2016, for the poster: “Stratigraphyand palaeoclimate of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, during the Early Cretaceous”by Madeleine Vickers et al.

 

Awarded an AAPG Grant-In-Aid of$3000 (William E. GipsonNamed Grant) towards fieldwork in Spitsbergen, August 2015.

 

BSRG Gillian Harwood Memorial Fund award of £500 towards fieldwork in Spitsbergen, August 2015.

 

Marine Institute Education Fund £225 towards attending BSRG AGM 2015

 

PlymSEF Grant-in-Aid to attendEGU 2015 (£400)

 

Awarded £1790 from the Geological Society of London, towards carrying out fieldwork in Norway, July 2014

 

Marine Institute Education Fund £200 towards to travel to the Urbino School in Paleoclimatology 2014

 

ECORD scholarship to attend the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology 2014, 960 Euros

Vickers, M.L., Price,G.D., Jerrett, R.M. and Watkinson, M., 2016. Stratigraphic and geochemicalexpression of Barremian–Aptian global climate change in Arctic Svalbard.Geosphere: GES01344. 1.

Vickers, M., Price, G., Watkinson, M., FitzPatrick, M. andJerrett, R., 2016. Stratigraphy and palaeoclimate of Spitsbergen, Svalbard,during the Early Cretaceous, EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, pp.8669.

 

Vickers, M., Price, G.D., FitzPatrick, M., Watkinson, M., andJerrett, R.M., 2016, The climate and environment of Spitsbergen, Svalbardduring the Early Cretaceous, oral presentation, PlymSEF 2016, Plymouth, U.K.

 

Vickers,M.L., Price, G.D., FitzPatrick, M., Watkinson, M., andJerrett, R.M., 2015, Stratigraphy and palaeoclimate of Spitsbergen duringthe Early Cretaceous, oral presentation, British Sedimentological ResearchGroup AGM 2015, Keele University, U.K.

 

Vickers, M., Price, G.D., FitzPatrick, M., Watkinson, M., andJerrett, R.M., 2015, An evaluation of the Early Cretaceous of Spitsbergen: newinsights into stratigraphy and palaeoclimate, Poster presentation, EGU General Assembly April 2015,Vienna, Austria.

 

Vickers, M., Price, G.D., FitzPatrick, M., Watkinson, M., andJerrett, R.M., 2015, Arctic Early Cretaceous climate: evidence fromSpitsbergen, Svalbard, Svalbard during the Early Cretaceous, Oral presentation,PlymSEF 2015, Plymouth, U.K.

 

Vickers, M., Price, G.D., Watkinson, M., and Jerrett, R.M.,2014, The Early Cretaceous sequence in Spitsbergen: the Festningen profile,Poster presentation, British Sedimentological Research Group AGM 2014,Nottingham, U.K.

 

Vickers, M., Price, G.D., Watkinson, M., and Jerrett, R.M.,2014, High latitude climate during the Cretaceous, Oral presentation, CRESconference 2014, Plymouth, U.K.

 

Vickers, M., Price, G.D., Watkinson, M., and Jerrett, R.M.,  2014, Early Cretaceous palaeoclimate: evidencefrom Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Poster presentation, The Urbino Summer School inPalaeoclimatology, Urbino, Italy.

Rickaby R, Vickers M, Jenkyns H, Gale A, Bots P& Shaw S (2013): A History of Inhibition: Thresholds and Echinoderm Mg/Ca, MineralogicalMagazine, 77(5) 2059