Geography, Earth Science and Environment

Geography, Earth Science and Environment

Dr. Eleanor John

Contact Information

Email: eleanor.john(a)
Phone: +679 323 1677
Office: Room 1, SGESE Building, Marine Campus

Research interests:

Eleanor’s research interests focus on major climatic and oceanographic changes on timescales spanning several tens of thousands to several hundreds of millions of years. She is particularly interested in how isotope and trace element proxies in ancient marine biogenic calcite (foraminifera, brachiopods, corals) can help us reconstruct and disentangle the causes and effects of such climate change. In recent years, her research has also involved a focus on how fossil assemblages of planktonic foraminifera can contribute to our understanding of major oceanographic changes in the past.

She has undertaken fieldwork in Mexico, China, Belgium, Poland, the UK, Spain and now Fiji. Much of her work has utilized samples recovered from deep-sea drilling programmes, namely the Integrated Ocean Discovery Programme (IODP), and she had the privilege of sailing on IODP Expedition 350 (Izu Bonin Reararc Basin) during April-May, 2014. 

Research areas:

  • Palaeoclimatology, palaeoceanography
  • Global biogeochemical cycliing
  • Isotope (δ13C, δ18O, δ11B, δ7Li, εNd) and trace element geochemistry
  • Foraminiferal micropalaeontology
  • Past warm climate intrevals

Selected publications:

Anagnostou E. , John, E.H., Edgar, K., Foster, G.L., Ridgwell, A., Inglis, G.N., Pancost, R.D., Lunt, D., Pearson, P.N. (in press) Atmospheric CO2 concentrations were the primary driver of early Cenozoic climate. Nature. 

John, E.H., Wilson, J.D., Ridwell, A. and Pearson, P.N. 2014. Temperature-dependent remineralization and carbon cycling in the warm Eocene oceans. Palaeogeography,  Palaeoclimatology,  Palaeoecology 413,158-166

John, E.H., Pearson, P.N., Birch, H., Coxall, H., Wade, B.S., Foster, G.L. 2013. Warm ocean processes and carbon cycling during the Eocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. 371, 2013009

John, E.H., Wignall, P.B., Newton, R.J., Bottrell, S. 2010. δ34SCAS and δ18OCAS records during the Frasnian-Famennian (Late Devonian) transition and their bearing on mass extinction models. Chemical Geology 275, 221-234.

John, E.H., Cliff, R., Wignall, P.B. 2008. A positive trend in seawater 87Sr/86Sr values over the Early–Middle Frasnian boundary (Late Devonian) recorded in well-preserved conodont elements from the Holy Cross Mountains, Poland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 269, 168-175.

Lai, X.L, Wang, W., Wignall, P.B., Bond, D.G., Jiang, H.S., Ali, J.R., John, E.H., Sun, Y.D. 2008. Palaeoenvironmental change during the end-Guadalupian (Permian) mass extinction in Sichuan, China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 269, 78-93.

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