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Diversity and disparity at the dawn of fern evolution, The Open University

Supervisors: Luke Mander and Angela Coe (The Open University)

Funding Status: Funding is in place

Project Description
Ferns are one of the most successful plant groups on Earth with more than 10,000 species. Molecular data indicate that the majority of extant ferns appeared during a Cretaceous evolutionary radiation, but the fossil record demonstrates that ferns also achieved exceptionally high diversity and abundance in the Carboniferous and Jurassic periods. This Carboniferous–Jurassic interval was a critical period in the evolutionary history of ferns that set the stage for their later speciation, but it has received relatively little attention from a macroevolutionary perspective. This project aims to reconstruct the Carboniferous–Jurassic macroevolutionary history of ferns using a combination of morphological data from the fossil record, and morphological data from evolutionarily primitive extant ferns. This will establish the timing of key evolutionary steps in the early evolution of ferns, and will examine the degree to which plant diversity is controlled by the composition of Earth’s atmosphere on geological timescales.

Contact Name: Luke Mander

Contact Email:

Deadline: 24th October 2016


PhD project in micropaleontology Geosciences Department Natural History Museum Basel, Switzerland


For realization of the research project “Testing the Agulhas Dispersal Hypothesis for the Neogene planktonic foraminifer Globorotalia menardii: Indian Ocean or Pacific home versus Central-American passage” we seek a PhD student at the Natural History Museum in Basel, Switzerland. In this project we investigate whether the Agulhas Current had a major influence on the morphological evolution on menardine globorotalids during the past 8 million years in selected deep-sea cores from the Equatorial Pacific, Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic.

Main methods include, but are not restricted to, geometric morphometry using automated digital imaging systems. The goal is obtain improved insight about the mode, pattern and process of morphological speciation in these marine calcareous pelagic protists.

The project is funded by the Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research for 36 months, beginning on 1 February 2017.

Your specific tasks:

1.) Morphometry of menardiform globorotalid shells raised from selected Upper Miocene-Holocene IODP core samples.

2.) Statistical analysis of shell variability through time.

3.) Application and further development of our AMOR system (Automated Measurement system for the mORphology of microfossils) in collaboration with engineers from FHNW.

4.) Publication of the results.

Your profile:

1.) A prerequisite for this position is a recent master’s degree or equivalent qualification in earth sciences.

2.) You are curious and highly motivated in solving questions about microevolutionary patterns and processes of marine microfossils. You are keen in exploring morphometric methods. And you like testing scientific theories.

3.) You are especially interested in application and development of automated digital image based morphometry.

4.) You are familiar with oceanic micropaleontology.

5.) You have a good ability for quantitative work. Knowledge in computer programming is a plus, willingness to acquire such abilities for digital image processing is expected.

6.) You like working in a Museum environment.

7.) You have excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken), acquiring German language is expected.

You will be registered as a PhD student with the University of Basel, Switzerland (chair: Prof. Dr. Andreas Wetzel). The working place is based at the Natural History Museum in Basel, Switzerland, which gives opportunity to gain insight to work at a cultural institution.

For more information please contact Dr. Michael Knappertsbusch, Tel. No. +41-61-266 55 64, or email to

Please send your application including a CV, a proof of your successful completion of your masters/diploma degree, a short statement about your research interests, and references to: Dr. Michael Knappertsbusch, Natural History Museum Basel, Augustinergasse 2, 4001-Basel, Switzerland.

More info available at:,,

Holocene sea-level change and palaeoseismicity in Chile

A funded PhD project is available at Northumbria University in the Department of Geography to start in October 2016. The studentship funding includes a three-year stipend and support for fieldwork and meetings. Funding is available to UK and international students. The closing date for applications is 22nd July 2016.

This project would be supervised by Dr Emma Hocking (Northumbria University) and Dr Ed Garrett (Geological Survey of Belgium). We would encourage potential applicants to contact to discuss the project prior to application.

This PhD seeks to understand both long-term and abrupt relative sea-level (RSL) change in Chile. There is a paucity of RSL data from Chile, and where data do exist there is a discrepancy between observations and models. Glacial isostatic adjustment models suggest RSL has been falling along the Pacific coast of South America since the mid-Holocene, but there are field observations to suggest sea-level rise over the last millennium. Further data are necessary to constrain these models and to try to better understand the drivers of Holocene RSL change, which include great earthquakes, ongoing tectonic deformation, isostatic response since the last glacial maximum, neoglacial forebulge migration and collapse, and global eustasy. We have identified sites for sea-level reconstruction that will potentially be able to provide some key constraints on models, on the timing and magnitude of the mid-Holocene highstand, as well as directing where evidence for historic great earthquakes may be preserved. The candidate may also choose to focus on the latter, reconstructing abrupt RSL changes caused by great earthquakes. Palaeoseismic research has advanced significantly in south-central Chile since the 2010 earthquake, but there are still relatively few quantitative reconstructions of deformation for historic earthquakes. Such records are essential for providing long-term perspectives on the recurrence, magnitude and variability of earthquakes. In southern Chile, records of earthquake occurrence are also discontinuous, which prevents determination of earthquake recurrence intervals. A site has been identified in southern Tierra del Fuego for developing a full earthquake chronology.
There is flexibility to develop these ideas, as well as to focus on either the sea-level or palaeoearthquake history. The project will involve fieldwork to Chile, sampling tidal marsh and bog sediments, and raised marine deposits. You will use a variety of field, microfossil (diatoms), laboratory, dating, and analytical techniques. Full training will be given.

Full details of the application procedure can be found on Northumbria University’s postgraduate student application page:

The full advert can be found at: 

Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course (ATSC), 23rd-27th January 2017, The Natural History Museum, London

 The NERC-funded Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course (ATSC) will be running for its third year and is scheduled for w/c 23rd January 2017 at The Natural History Museum, London.

Reconstructing past environments is a key initiative within current attempts to i) contextualise contemporary environmental change, ii) model the Earth’s climate and iii) predict future climate and associated environmental change. Palaeoenvironmental research is of critical importance due to the relative lack of reliable documented climate records predating the 20th century. This has resulted in the use of biological climate ‘proxies’, often microfossils preserved within sedimentary archives, to provide qualitative and quantitative reconstructions of the past, in terms of climate and environmental conditions. As students are expected to work with complex multi-source palaeoecological datasets, there is a need for palaeoecologists to be suitably trained in the application of a wide range of proxy indicators. This 1 week course is therefore designed to provide an overview of key taxonomic groups often utilised in palaeoecological studies, with a focus on diatoms, pollen, chironomids, beetles and vertebrates.

Each day will be dedicated to a different microfossil/macrofossil group, with morning lectures designed to review taxonomy and environmental gradients in terms of palaeoecological reconstructions. The afternoon sessions will be dedicated to the provision of bespoke laboratory microscopy and desk-based activities, with the students being introduced to relevant NHM reference collections and learn the taxonomic skills required to differentiate between species.

The course is fully funded by NERC and there are only 12 places available (the course has been oversubscribed in all previous years). The course is designed for PhD students and ECRs but is of course open to all. NERC funded students get priority but if spaces are left over, non-NERC applicants are considered. All expenses are covered to ensure little/no cost to the course delegates. For further information on the course, its contents and associated learning outcomes, please visit the link below, where you will also find the course application form:

Registration deadline is 26th November. For any enquiries regarding the course, please contact Tom Hill

International Research Training Group ArcTrain invites applications for 12 new PhD positions

ArcTrain follows the scientific objective of advancing the understanding of variability and feedbacks in Arctic and North Atlantic oceanic and cryospheric processes. Along this central research theme, ArcTrain provides structured training to PhD students in an interdisciplinary
framework of paleoclimatology, oceanography, environmental physics and climate science/modeling.

We are looking for motivated and qualified candidates with interest in Earth and environmental sciences, holding strong undergraduate degrees in disciplines like environmental physics, oceanography, (paleo)climatology or geosciences.

More detailed information about the projects and positions and how to apply can be found here:

All positions are for a fixed term of 3 years. The earliest starting date for each position is October 1st, 2016. Salary corresponds to a 2/3-position according to German TV-L/TVöD E13.

The call is open until the positions are filled. The review of applications will commence on 1st June 2016.

The University of Bremen and the Alfred Wegener Institute are particularly aiming to increase the number of female researchers.
Applications from female candidates, international applications and applications of academics with a migration background are explicitly

In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification priority will be given to disabled persons.

Research Assistant Professor of Micropaleontology, Department of Geological Sciences University of Florida

The Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida in association with the Florida Museum of Natural History, invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor with expertise in micropaleontology, especially Foraminifera. The successful candidate will be expected to improve the stratigraphic and systematic microfossil collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History, develop independent research projects utilizing those collections, and teach one undergraduate paleontology course and one other course as appropriate per academic year. This is a twelve-month, full-time, non-tenure track position. It is renewable annually upon successful review, with an expected maximum term of three years. A Ph.D. in geology or a closely related field is required. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

For additional information please contact Dr. John Jaeger,, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, P.O. Box 112120, Gainesville, FL 32611-2120. Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates must apply online at Job Requisition # 496762.

Research Associate in Micropalaeontology / Isotope Geochemistry, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate focused on the generation of foraminiferal assemblage and evolution data combined with stable isotope and trace element reconstructions of past ocean water column conditions. The data will be used to investigate large scale patterns in global climate change relating to seawater temperature, pH and oxygenation in the last 15 million years.

The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties: generate microfossil assemblage and evolution data from a variety of deep sea core and geological samples, including assisting in a field expedition to coastal Tanzania, learn and apply Neogene foraminiferal taxonomy, count and split samples for geochemical analysis and critically interpret isotope and assemblage data in the context of global change.

In addition to these duties, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate high quality peer reviewed journals, present papers at national and international meetings and contribute to the development of collaborative research grant and cruise proposals. The successful applicant will hold (or be about to complete) a Ph.D. in a relevant subject.

This position is full time (35 hours per week) and is fixed term for 36 months. The post is available from 1 July 2016.

Salary: £31,656 – £37,768 per annum (Grade 6)

Closing date: 15 April 2016

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PhD – Disentangling climate change and environmental variation in sedimentary records

At Plymouth University, closing date 4th April 2016.

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Research Fellow in Environmental Change, University of St. Andrews

School of Geography and Geosciences, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, Salary: £31,656 – £37,768 per annum, Start: As soon as possible, Fixed term for 3 years.

Professor William Austin (HoD/co-HoS) seeks to appoint a research fellow to provide support across a range of projects in the broad area of Environmental Change. The successful applicant will have recently completed or be near to successful completion of a PhD and should, ideally, have expertise in the study of Foraminifera. The role will include contributions to currently funded projects (BBSRC/NERC) and support of Professor Austin’s research group.

The post is available immediately, for a period of 3-years.

Interested applicants should contact Professor Bill Austin (; +44(0)1334 463988).

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;

UCL Research Technician in Micropalaeontology
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated individual to provide research assistance/technical support for a range of scientific research projects in micropalaeontology, as well as general laboratory support. The post holder will combine excellent organisational and communication skills, with the ability to perform technical tasks with care and attention to detail.
Application deadline: 10th February 2016

Details on how to apply are available on the UCL jobs website: here

For further information please contact Professor Bridget Wade

PhD “Size control on extinction dynamics in Cenozoic planktonic foraminifera”

This project focuses on the dynamics of extinction with the aim of documenting changes in size preceding extinction events. Planktonic foraminifera have many characteristics considered ideal for evolutionary studies – morphologically distinct, diverse, rapidly-evolving, highly abundant, often globally distributed and high preservation potential. It has long been recognized that the survivors of mass extinction events are smaller in size. However, more recently Wade and Olsson (2009) documented a decrease in specimen size in several species of planktonic foraminifera prior to extinction, a phenomenon they termed ‘pre-extinction dwarfing’. The reduction in species’ size 2-20 kyr before extinction suggests an adaptive response to less favourable environmental conditions. Further detailed quantitative morphometric analyses, on expanded sedimentary sequences are needed to establish size related trends associated with extinction in the pelagic realm and to fully capture size changes on thousand-year timescales. Key lineages will be analyzed using morphometric techniques to document stratigraphic variation in size and shape. Stable isotope analyses will determine whether changes in size were linked with climatic change and/or variations in water column structure.

Analyses will be conducted in the new micropalaeontology laboratory at UCL which is equipped with multiple microscopes with image capture facilities. The student will be provided with a wide range of training including planktonic foraminiferal taxonomy, stratigraphy, morphometric analyses and scanning electron microscopy. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of postgraduate training workshops at UCL and will be encouraged to present their research at relevant UK and overseas conferences.

More info here

PhD “Death in the Oceans: extinction risk in the marine realm”

A fully funded NERC PhD as part of the Leeds York DTP scheme. The project will use morphometric, geochemical and phylogenetic approaches to investigate extinction risk in the planktonic foraminifera throughout the last 65 million years.

More info from NERC

TMS-Scholarship to work on the former British Petroleum Micropalaeontology Collection

An opportunity has arisen for a funded four-week, full-time TMS-Scholarship to investigate and catalogue microfossil content from selected wells within the ‘former British Petroleum Micropalaeontology Collection’; more details of the collection can be found at the link below.

Over 3,500 exploration wells are recorded within the BP collection yet the details of the age and status of most accompanying samples remains unavailable in any useful manner. The project aims to draw up a detailed list of possible postgraduate projects that might be undertaken on these samples that will be made available on-line. All work will take place within the Natural History Museum, London. The intern must be able to work independently but will have initial guidance from NHM staff and direction from external academic and industrial micropalaeontologists.

The intern will be expected to complete the equivalent of four weeks full time work (38 hours per week) and to prepare a final summary report. A stipend of £400 per week is available courtesy of The Micropalaeontological Society, and their Educational Trust Fund.

The successful candidate should ideally have a postgraduate qualification with significant micropalaeontological content. No specific taxonomic experience is required, but some familiarity with at least one of the following microfossil groups is preferred (Foraminifera, Palynology, Ostracoda, Nannofossils), an understanding of industrial exploration drilling would also be an advantage.

Although the timing is flexible, it is envisaged that the internship will be completed by the end of 2015.

Applications should be made by CV with name of two academic referees and accompanying cover letter stating your reasons for applying for this post (together totalling no more than 2 sides A4). Applications should be e-mailed to Dr Ian Boomer) by midday Monday 19th October. If it is necessary to conduct interviews, these will probably take place by phone/Skype.

Professorship in Paleontology and Paleoenvironmental Change, University of Lausanne

The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment at the University of Lausanne invites applications for a professorship in Paleontology and Paleoenvironmental Change. The position will be based at the Institute of Earth Sciences. This professorship is dedicated to the understanding of evolutionary patterns during Earth history and their relationship with paleoenvironmental, paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic change.

A clear interest in fundamental research and a process-oriented and quantitative approach is requested. We particularly seek applicants with interest in establishing collaborative research projects with other Earth and environmental science disciplines. We will consider exceptional applicants from other domains of relevance to Paleontology and Paleoenvironmental Change. The successful candidate is expected to have a proven capacity or potential of developing an internationally competitive research program and to attract external funding.

The candidate must have a sufficient background in and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching of a range of paleontological topics, including field courses, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching activities will also include participating in doctoral programs and supervising Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. students. The ability to teach in French should be acquired within two years following the appointment. The appointment is expected at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track), with Associate or Full Professor status achieved within 5-6 years. However, exceptionally, we will consider outstanding candidates for direct appointment to the Full Professor level. The University of Lausanne is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women are particularly encouraged.

Application deadline: November 30, 2015
Starting date: August 1, 2016 (or as mutually agreed).

Applications are to be submitted by e-mail only in a single pdf file to the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (, except for publications that may be submitted sequentially. The maximum file size that can be received by the University of Lausanne e-mail system is 30 MB. An automatic reply will acknowledge reception of the file. In case of problem, please contact The application material should include:

1. Letter of motivation
2. Curriculum Vitae including the year of birth, the date of the PhD thesis defense, and the title of
the dissertation.
3. Complete list of publications
4. Statement of research and teaching goals and interest (not exceeding 4 pages)
5. The five most significant publications (pdf files)
6. The names and contact information of five referees knowledgeable with your work.

For any specific enquiries, please contact Prof. Stefan Schmalholz

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Assistant professor of micropaleontology , Natural History Museum in Paris

A new position of assistant professor in micropaleontology will open at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturel, Paris. Following French protocol, in order to be able to apply for the position, interested candidates must first be “approved” (“qualifié”) by the French Ministry of Research. This approval procedure will be closed by the time the actual position description opens. Hence, only those who were “approved” will be able to apply for the position. The approval process, “Qualification”, will close on October 22nd; the procedure is in French.

Interested candidates should go to :

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Geology (Micropalaeontology), University of Birmingham

 PhD “Understanding the global ocean zooplankton diversity and its response to climate change”

Models have been invaluable in understanding the impact of climate change on the ocean and its ecosystems. While the physics of ocean circulation is well understood, modelling the ecology of marine plankton is at the cutting edge of science. Progress has been made with a number of phytoplankton groups (see ref) but zooplankton such as foraminifera have been underrepresented despite their importance for the ocean and biogeochemical cycles (Schmidt et al., 2006).

This PhD will create a unique representation of planktic foraminifera in the global ocean MITDarwin model (Monteiro et al., 2010; Follows and Dutkiewicz, 2011) based on key ecological tradeoffs of foraminifera in relation to calcification, temperature, food sources and size (Schmidt et al., 2004). The student will explore importance of ocean acidification, temperature, and oxygen stressors on the distribution and diversity of foraminifera in the global ocean. The ultimate goal of the project is to make projections of the impact of future climate change on the marine plankton community and feedbacks with atmospheric pCO2.

The PhD student will learn how to use and develop complex marine ecosystem models, with statistical and modelling skills highly transferable to a wide range of jobs as well as being highly in demand in academic research. The student will develop expertise in marine plankton ecology and physiology. The student will be part of the dynamic BRIDGE group – an internationally leading centre studying natural Earth system variability, based within the School of Geographical Sciences, as well as be part of the vibrant Palaeobiology group in the School of Earth Sciences. Bristol is one of the top-five universities for research in the UK with a formal Graduate School and excellent facilities for doctoral research. The Ph.D. project will be part of the European Research Council project “PaleoGENie” under the direction of Andy Ridgwell.

Please send your CV and a letter of motivation as well as 2 names for references to Fanny Monteiro. The interview will be in July either in Bristol or via Skype.

 PhD “Ocean ecosystem modelling in a 400ppm world: reconstructing and modelling seasonality signals during the mid-Pliocene Warm Period”

PhD opportunity at the University of Leeds.

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PhD “Ostracod-based reconstructions of North Atlantic deep-water environments”

PhD opportunity at the University of Birmingham, 2015 start.

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Funded places on Birmingham MSc course.

A fully-funded studentship will be available for the coming academic year on the MSc in Applied and Petroleum Micropalaeontology at the University of Birmingham in just the second year of running. One studentship, which covers fees and contribution towards living expenses, is funded by BP and is open to UK and EU students. More details will appear on the course homepage in the coming weeks.

RPS have agreed to provide one Fees scholarship for a UK/EU student for the coming academic session. We will post further details of application processes and deadlines on the University webpage in the next couple of weeks.

Many thanks to BP and RPS for supporting the course.

Don’t forget – additional funding support is available for members of the PESGB and TMS who hold offers for the course.

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