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Around ca. 56 million years ago there was a major global environmental perturbation attributed to a rapid rise in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The period, called the Palaeocene-Eocene boundary, is often used as an analogue for a future greenhouse world. This paper shows for the first time that temperatures of tropical oceans rose to greater than 40°C and may have been the cause of loss of some marine biota at this time.
Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Dean who graduated from the University of Nottingham yesterday. Jonathan is currently working within the Stable Isotope Facility at the BGS as an Isotope Apprentice. His PhD research was entitled: Stable Isotope Analysis and U-Th Dating of Late Glacial and Holocene Lacustrine Sediments from Central Turkey.
This paper considers whether the Anthropocene is recorded in the isotope geochemistry of the atmosphere, sediments, plants and ice cores, and the time frame during which any changes are recorded, presenting examples from the literature. Dean, J.R., Leng, M.J., Mackay, A.W. 2014. Is there an isotopic signature of the Anthropocene? The Anthropocene Review.
The Geological Society has released a new Special Publication, 'A Stratigraphical Basis for the Anthropocene' that summarises the evidence that we’re now living in a new geological epoch – one of our own making.
Dr Andrew Tye who works within the Soils, Landscape and Climate Processes Team has been made an Honorary Lecturer within the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham.
Andy has been awarded this honour in recognition of his collaboration with Nottingham in a diverse range of soil related topics including major nutrient cycles (N, P) in soils and waters, trace element cycling, especially in alluvial soils and the effects of land use change and time on soil properties. Andy also works on soil erosion, weathering and soil formation and the Ecosystems Services and Natural Capital concepts for soils.
Dr Barry Rawlins the Sustainable Soils team leader at the BGS, has been appointed as a topic editor for the EGU open access journal SOIL. SOIL is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of high-quality research in the field of soil system sciences.