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Mr Matthew Saker-Clark

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  • Research Student
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences
  • matthew.saker-clark

Professional biography

I am a third year research student, NERC funded through the CENTA Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), working in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences as part of the Palaeoenvironmental Change research team. My work is focused on unravelling the nature, timing, and causes of environmental change in the Early Jurassic through investigation of the expression of climatic changes in Morocco.


MEarthSci Earth Sciences, University of Oxford (St. Edmund Hall)


Research interests

My particular research interests include:

  • Nature of the Toarcian oceanic anoxic event.
  • Cyclostratigraphic techniques including the use of high-resolution XRF analysis.
  • Jurassic stratigraphy of Morocco

PhD (2014-Present): Palaeoenvironmental change in the Early Jurassic: A north African perspective.

My research focuses on the use of sedimentological, geochemical and stratigraphic techniques to study of the nature and timing of past events of extreme environmental change.

Spatially diverse records of extreme climatic change are key to improving our understanding of changing climate systems, and global response to changing climate. My research seeks to fill gaps in our knowledge related to the spatial variance of dramatic climatic changes in the Mesozoic. My current PhD research integrates geochemical (stable isotope and elemental) and sedimentological data to investigate the nature of Early Jurassic climate change (Toarcian OAE) in Morocco.

Additionally, I have interest in investigating the rate and timing of palaeoenvironmental change through cyclostratigraphic techniques. My current research involves developing the use of handheld XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy) analysis for the development of cyclostratigraphic time-series, and application of this technique to evaluate rates of Early Jurassic environmental change.

Supervisors: Dr. Angela L Coe, Dr. David Kemp, Dr. Pallavi Anand.


Portable X‐ray fluorescence spectroscopy as a tool for cyclostratigraphy (2019-06-14)
Saker-Clark, Matthew; Kemp, David B. and Coe, Angela L.
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 20(5) (pp. 2531-2541)
Early Jurassic palaeoenvironmental change – A North African perspective (2019-04-23)
Saker-Clark, Matthew
PhD thesis The Open University

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