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Dr Phillip Edward Jardine

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  • Visiting Informal Academic
  • Visiting Fellow
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences
  • phillip.jardine

Professional biography

I'm a post-doctoral research associate in the Palaeoenvironmental Change Research Group, in the Department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems. I am working on the NERC-funded '500,000 years of solar irradiance, climate and vegetation changes' with Will Gosling, using pollen wall chemistry to study changes in solar irradiance over the last 500 thousand years, using the sedimentary record from Lake Bosumtwi in Ghana.

More generally my research focuses on the maintenance of biodiversity in the past. I am particularly interested in climatic controls on speciation, extinction and dispersal over different spatial and temporal scales, and in the application of ecological analytical techniques to the fossil record. My previous research has centred on using the fossil pollen record to study vegetational change during the early Palaeogene greenhouse interval (~65 - 45 million years ago). I've also carried out research on herbivore evolution in North America over the last 40 million years, as global climates cooled and grasslands spread.

I'm always interested in new collaborations, whether pollen-related, something to do with a bit of number crunching (typically using R), or something completely different, so please do get in touch if there's something you'd like to work on.

Research interests

Palaeobiogeography, macroecology and macroevolution, with particular emphasis on terrestrial plants and mammals.

Biotic change during the early Palaeogene, with a recent focus on rapid warming during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), as part of the Bighorn Basin Coring Project.

Computational palaeoecology, especially the measurement of diversity and compositional change through time, with an emerging interest in model-fitting procedures and simulation studies.

Palynology, with specific interests in Palaeogene pollen and spore taxonomy and systematics, pollen wall chemistry as a UV-B irradiance proxy and taxonomic tool, and the controls on pollen morphological diversification.

Click here for my Google Scholar profile, and here for my profile.



The modern pollen-vegetation relationship of a tropical forest-savannah mosaic landscape, Ghana, West Africa (2018-07-03)
Julier, Adele C. M.; Jardine, Phillip E.; Adu-Bredu, Stephen; Coe, Angela L.; Duah-Gyamfi, Akwasi; Fraser, Wesley T.; Lomax, Barry H.; Malhi, Yavinder; Moore, Sam; Owusu-Afriyie, Kennedy and Gosling, William D.
Palynology, 42(3) (pp. 324-338)
Drivers and constraints on floral latitudinal diversification gradients (2018-06)
Jardine, Phillip E.; Harrington, Guy J.; Sessa, Jocelyn A. and Dašková, Jiřina
Journal of Biogeography, 45(6) (pp. 1408-1419)
Pollen-vegetation richness and diversity relationships in the tropics (2018-03)
Gosling, William D.; Julier, Adele C. M.; Adu-Bredu, Stephen; Djagbletey, Gloria D.; Fraser, Wesley T.; Jardine, Phillip E.; Lomax, Barry H.; Malhi, Yadvinder; Manu, Emmanuel A.; Mayle, Francis E. and Moore, Sam
Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 27(2) (pp. 411-418)
Chemotaxonomy as a tool for interpreting the cryptic diversity of Poaceae pollen (2016-12)
Julier, Adele C. M.; Jardine, Phillip E.; Coe, Angela L.; Gosling, William D.; Lomax, Barry H. and Fraser, Wesley T.
Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 235 (pp. 140-147)
Low-latitude Holocene hydroclimate derived from lake sediment flux and geochemistry (2016-05)
Parker, Adrian G.; Preston, Gareth W.; Parton, Ash; Walkington, Helen; Jardine, Phillip E.; Leng, Melanie J. and Hodson, Martin J.
Journal of Quaternary Science, 31(4) (pp. 286-299)
Descent toward the icehouse: Eocene sea surface cooling inferred from GDGT distributions (2015-07-27)
Inglis, Gordon N.; Farnsworth, Alexander; Lunt, Daniel; Foster, Gavin L.; Hollis, Christopher J.; Pagani, Mark; Jardine, Phillip E.; Pearson, Paul N.; Markwick, Paul; Galsworthy, Amanda M.J.; Raynham, Lauren; Taylor, Kyle W.R. and Pancost, Richard D.
Paleoceanography, 30(7) (pp. 1000-1020)
The impact of oxidation on spore and pollen chemistry (2015-07)
Jardine, Phillip E.; Fraser, Wesley T.; Lomax, Barry H. and Gosling, William D.
Journal of Micropalaeontology, 34(2) (pp. 139-149)
Pollen and spores as a passive monitor of ultraviolet radiation (2014-04-22)
Fraser, Wesley; Lomax, Barry H.; Jardine, Phillip E.; Gosling, William D. and Sephton, Mark A.
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution: Paleoecology, 2, Article 12 (pp. 1-3)
Bighorn Basin Coring Project (BBCP): a continental perspective on early Paleogene hyperthermals (2013-11-05)
Clyde, W. C.; Gingerich, P. D.; Wing, S. L.; Röhl, U.; Westerhold, T.; Bowen, G.; Johnson, K.; Baczynski, A. A.; Diefendorf, A.; McInerney, F.; Schnurrenberger, D.; Noren, A.; Brady, K.; Acks, R.; Belcher, C.; Collinson, M.; D'Ambrosia, A.; Denis, E.; Freeman, K.; Harrington, G.; Jardine, P.; Kraus, M.; Maibauer, B.; Riedel, J.; Schouten, S.; Tsukui, K.; Weijers, J.; Welter, G.; Wittkopp, F. and Wood, A.
Scientific Drilling, 16 (pp. 21-31)
Grit not grass: concordant patterns of early origin of hypsodonty in Great Plains ungulates and glires (2012)
Jardine, Phillip E.; Janis, Christine M.; Sahney, Sarda and Benton, Michael J.
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 365 (pp. 1-10)
Regional-scale spatial heterogeneity in the late Paleocene paratropical forests of the U.S. Gulf Coast (2012)
Jardine, Phillip E.; Harrington, Guy J. and Stidham, Thomas A.
Paleobiology, 38(1) (pp. 15-39)
Radiation and extinction patterns in Permian floras from North China as indicators for environmental and climate change (2011)
Stevens, Liadan G.; Hilton, Jason; Bond, David P. G.; Glasspool, Ian J. and Jardine, Phillip E.
Journal of the Geological Society, 168(2) (pp. 607-619)
The Red Hills Mine palynoflora: a diverse swamp assemblage from the late Paleocene of Mississippi, U.S.A (2008)
Jardine, Phillip E. and Harrington, Guy J.
Palynology, 32 (pp. 183-204)

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