Matthew Saker-Clark

The Open University

Project

Climatic changes in Morocco over the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event (OAE).

Supervisors

Dr. Angela L. Coe Dr. David B. Kemp Dr. Pallavi Anand

PhD Summary

Matthew Saker-Clark PhD Student (Open University) Email:matthew.saker-clark@open.ac.ukTwitter: @msakerclark Profile: I am a PhD student (2014-present), at the Open University, NERC funded through the CENTA Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). My PhD is focused on climatic changes in Morocco over the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event (OAE). Research: I am interested in the use of sedimentological, geochemical and stratigraphic techniques to study the nature and timing of past events of extreme environmental change. Spatially diverse records of extreme climatic change can improve our understanding of changing climate systems, and the global response to these changes; and hence improve our grasp on the nature of potential future environmental changes. My PhD research seeks to fill gaps in our knowledge related to the spatial variance of dramatic climatic changes, by integrating geochemical and sedimentological data to investigate the nature of Early Jurassic climate change (Toarcian OAE) in Morocco. Additionally, I have a particular interest in the rate and timing of palaeoenvironmental changes. My current research involves developing the use of handheld XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy) analysis for the development of cyclostratigraphic time-series, and application of this technique to evaluate the rate of Early Jurassic environmental change.