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Mr Thomas Gibson



Research Interests:

My current research is focussed on the Lower Jurassic, with particular attention paid to the Early Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event (T-OAE) on the Norwgian shelf. The aim of this research is to reconstruct the palaeoenvironmental and climatic changes in the poorly-studied high latitudes during this interval, and to evaluate the source rock potential of the shales found there.

To achieve these aims, several cores of interest have been identified from the Norwegian shelf, to which several analytical techniques will be applied. These techniques include stable carbon isotope analysis of organic carbon, RockEval, and potentially more novel proxies, alongside micropalaeontological study of benthic foraminifera. These new data will then be synthesised with existing UK borehole/outcrop studies, and provide the basis for supra-regional palaeoclimatic reconstructions of the Lower Jurassic.

I have previously conducted research on the Late Devonian mass extinction(s) of Brachiopods in SW England, and maintain an active interest in the area, most recently presenting on the topic at the Ussher Society Conference 2019.

I belong to the Deep Time Global Change research group at the Camborne School of Mines, the Jurassic Earth Systems and Timescale project, and the 2018 cohort of the NERC Oil and Gas CDT.


Primary Supervisor: Dr Sev Kender (University of Exeter)

Co-Supervisor: Prof. Steve Hesselbo (University of Exeter)

Co-Supervisor: Dr Erik Anthonissen (Equinor)

Co-Supervisor: Dr Kate Littler (University of Exeter)


Educational Background

2014 - 2018 | University of Plymouth | MGeol | First Class Hons

  • Masters thesis on Late Devonian Extinctions of Brachiopods in SW England with Dr Kevin Page.
  • Modules completed include Advanced Sedimentology and Palaeontology, GIS, Geochemical case study of the PETM.
  • British Geophysical Association Prize recipient