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Mr Matthew Saker-Clark

Professional biography

I am a second 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 involves both geochemical and palynological analyses to investigate the expression of Early Jurassic environmental change (including the Toarcian OAE) in Morocco. I also use cyclostratigraphic analyses in order to place these environmental changes within a temporal framework. In addition to detailed work on Moroccan sections, I use sequence stratigraphic approaches in order to assess the global nature of sea level changes at this time and help deconvolve the possible causes of palaeoenvironmental change during the Early Jurassic.

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

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