Jennifer Pike received her B.S. degree (honors) in geology from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1991, and Ph.D. degree in palaeoceanography from the University of Southampton, UK, in 1996, for an investigation into the Late Quaternary palaeoceanography of the Gulf of California. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in earth and ocean sciences at Cardiff University, UK. Her areas of expertise are Quaternary palaeoceanography and palaeoclimatology. Her current focus is on understanding seasonal-scale oceanographic processes in the fossil record, such as ice-ocean interactions around Antarctica, using diatoms and marine sediments. She is also interested in the use of stable oxygen isotopes from diatom silica to reconstruct melt water fluxes across the Antarctic margin during the transition from the last glacial through the Holocene. In the past, she has worked on marine sediments from Cretaceous to Holocene in age, and from the Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic, and Southern Oceans, as well as the Gulf of California, Mediterranean, Red, and Black Seas. She has also analyzed contemporary phytoplankton samples in order to investigate the impact of taphonomic processes on the Antarctic fossil marine diatom record.
Biography Updated on 16 January 2012