Project A5

Project A5 – Palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and lake basin dynamics: a marine palynological approach - >Utrecht University - ESR > Thomas Hoyle - supervisor > Francesca Sangiorgi (from 1 November 2016 to 1 March 2019)

Dinoflagellates are part of the phytoplankton and produce organic-walled cysts that are well preserved in the Pontocaspian fossil record5,18. The dinocysts and potentially other palynomorphs will be used to assess changes in palaeoenvironmental conditions during the Pleistocene and Holocene in the Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Anatolian lakes. Main aim is to improve the understanding of the biogeographical connections and dynamics of the lake basins18. Possible drivers of turnover (isolation and/or rapid environmental change) will be explored further in conjunction with data obtained from the other projects in WP1 and WP2.

 

The University of Brunel terminated their participation on 1 November 2016. Before that period project A5 was based at the Brunel University with Prof. Suzanne Leroy.

Project A5 – Paleobiological proxies of lake basin and catchment dynamics - > Brunel University London – ESR >Yavar Moshirfar – Supervisor >Prof. Suzanne Leroy:  ***this project is terminated***

Dinoflagellates are part of the phytoplankton and produce cysts that are well preserved in the Pontocaspian fossil record. The dinocysts alongside other palynomorphs (pollen, spores, non‐pollen palynomorphs) will be used to assess changes in palaeoenvironmental  conditions during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene in the Black Sea, Caspian Sea and the Aral Basin. Once these three sequences  covering  the  same  period  are  obtained,  it becomes  possible  to improve  the understanding of the biogeographical connections between and catchment dynamics of the basins. Possible drivers of turnover (isolation and/or rapid environmental change) will be explored further in conjunction with data obtained from the other projects in WP1 and WP2.