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Miss Emmeline Gray

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I am a final year PhD research student at the Open University (2018-present).  My PhD project "Plio-Pleistocene Monsoon Driven Productivity and Stratification Reconstructions" is supervised by Dr Pallavi Anand (OU), Dr Clara Bolton (CEREGE) and Dr Marcus Badger (OU).  Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a research technician as part of the iMonsoon project at the Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement de Géosciences de l’Environnement, (CEREGE) France (2016-2018).  I received an integrated masters (MSci) in Oceanography with French from the University of Southampton (2010-2015).  

Research interests

My PhD project aims to reconstruct Indian Summer Monsoon driven changes in productivity and stratification during the late Pliocene and early Pleistocene, using a multi-proxy approach.  I am using sediments from two sites drilled during IODP expedition 353 to the Bay of Bengal.  I have generated a new benthic δ18O stratigraphy based age-model, X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) data, coccolith morphometry and assemblage data, and a Mg/Ca temperature record from surface and thermocline dwelling planktic foraminifera.

Impact and engagement

I have enjoyed being involved with teaching outreach opportunities throughout my PhD.  During summer 2019 I supervised two summer students (one undergraduate, one A level), teaching them basic lab techniques.  I have helped out on the Open University school of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences' stand in the science garden at Green Man Festival teaching festival-goers about rocks and trees.  I have been both a speaker and a volunteer with Soapbox Science helping to promote women in science.  In Spring 2021 completed a placement with the Brilliant Club where I taught a short, pre-designed, 7-week, course on infectious diseases to two groups of year 8 pupils via zoom.  


Drivers of late Miocene tropical sea surface cooling: a new perspective from the equatorial Indian Ocean (2022-10)
Martinot, Claire; Bolton, Clara T.; Sarr, Anta-Clarisse; Donnadieu, Yannick; Garcia, Marta; Gray, Emmeline and Tachikawa, Kazuyo
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 37, Article e2021PA004407(10)

Secular and orbital-scale variability of equatorial Indian Ocean summer monsoon winds during the late Miocene (2022-04-08)
Bolton, Clara T.; Gray, Emmeline; Kuhnt, Wolfgang; Holbourn, Ann E.; Lübbers, Julia; Grant, Katharine; Tachikawa, Kazuyo; Marino, Gianluca; Rohling, Eelco J.; Sarr, Anta-Clarisse and Andersen, Nils
Climate of the Past, 18(4) (pp. 713-738)

Cyclic evolution of phytoplankton forced by changes in tropical seasonality (2022-01-06)
Beaufort, Luc; Bolton, Clara T.; Sarr, Anta-Clarisse; Suchéras-Marx, Baptiste; Rosenthal, Yair; Donnadieu, Yannick; Barbarin, Nicolas; Bova, Samantha; Cornuault, Pauline; Gally, Yves; Gray, Emmeline; Mazur, Jean-Charles and Tetard, Martin
Nature, 601 (pp. 79-84)

Enhanced Late Miocene Chemical Weathering and Altered Precipitation Patterns in the Watersheds of the Bay of Bengal Recorded by Detrital Clay Radiogenic Isotopes (2021-09-06)
Bretschneider, Lisa; Hathorne, Ed C.; Bolton, Clara T.; Gebregiorgis, Daniel; Giosan, Liviu; Gray, Emmeline; Huang, Huang; Holbourn, Ann; Kuhnt, Wolfgang and Frank, Martin
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 36, Article e2021PA004252(9)

The Middle to Late Miocene “Carbonate Crash” in the Equatorial Indian Ocean (2019-06-13)
Lübbers, Julia; Kuhnt, Wolfgang; Holbourn, Ann E.; Bolton, Clara T.; Gray, Emmeline; Usui, Yoichi; Kochhann, Karlos G. D.; Beil, Sebastian and Andersen, Nils
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 34(5) (pp. 813-832)

Plio-Pleistocene productivity reconstructions in the Indian Monsoon region (2022-08)
Gray, Emmeline; Anand, Pallavi; Badger, Marcus; Bolton, Clara; Leng, M. J. and Murayama, Masafumi
In : GC10-Pliocene-44: The Warm Pliocene: Bridging the geological data and modelling communities (23-26 Aug 2022, Leeds, UK)