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Dr Kate Littler

Senior Lecturer in Geology


Telephone: 01326 255725

** Please note I am on maternity leave from mid March 2021 to ~Jan 2022 and will be slow to reply to any email you send to me during this time. All the best for the remainder of 2021 **


Location: Ground floor Stella Turk building, Penryn Campus, Falmouth, Cornwall.


Research interests:

Application of stable isotope and elemental geochemistry techniques (to planktic and benthic foraminifera) and organic geochemistry techniques to paleoceanographic problems of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic. Special focus on carbon-cycling, ocean circulation, and orbital pacing in the Paleogene and Cretaceous greenhouse worlds, and the stability of the ancient Indian Monsoon during the initiation of NH glaciation in the late Pliocene.


PhD studentships:

I am happy to discuss potential externally-funded PhD studentship projects in the broad fields of deep-time paleoclimate, sedimentology, and low temperature geochemistry, commensurate with my research interests listed above. Please contact me to discuss prior to putting in a formal application.


Professional History:

2017 - present: Senior Lecturer in Geology, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK.  Discipline Director of PGR (Graduate Tutor)

2013 - 2017: Lecturer in Geology, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK.  Discipline Director of PGR (Graduate Tutor)

2011 - 2012: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA. Funded through an NSF grant to Prof. Jim Zachos.

2011: PDRA, University College London, UK. "Cretaceous Paleoclimate and Paleoceanography in the Pacific Ocean". UK-IODP funded with Dr Stuart Robinson.


Academic qualifications:

2011: PhD - "Climate and Carbon-Cycling in the Early Cretaceous"; Department of Earth Sciences, University College London, UK

2007: MESci (first class) - Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK


Reviewer for: Paleoceanography (and Paleoclimatology); Nature; Nature Geoscience; Geology; Geological Magazine; Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology; The Geological Society of America Bulletin; DFG; NERC


Outreach: I am very interested in outreach activities with schools and the general public, to increase public awareness of the importance of science and paleoclimate research in particular. You can read more about our group's outreach activities here.