Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2018
    Professor in Physical Geography, Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham, U.K.

  • 2013
    Organic Geochemist, IODP Expedition 341 (Gulf of Alaska)

  • 2011 – 2018
    Lecturer-Senior Lecturer-Reader, Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham, U.K.

  • 2006 – 2011
    Lecturer, Department of Geography, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K.

  • 2004 – 2005
    Postdoctoral research associate, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K.

Selected publications

  • McClymont, E.L., Ford, H.L., Ho, S.-L., Tindall,J.C., Haywood, A.M., Alonso-Garcia, M., Bailey, I., Berke, M.A., Littler, K., Patterson, M., Petrick, B., Peterse, F., Ravelo, A.C., Risebrobakken, B., De Schepper, S., Swann, G.E.A., Thirumalai, K., Tierney, J.E., van der Weijst, C., White, S., Abe-Ouchi, A., Baatsen, M.L.J, Brady, E., Chan, W.-L, Chandan, D., Feng, R., Guo, C., von der Heydt, A.S., Hunter, S., Li, X., Lohmann, G., Nisancioglu, K.H., Otto-Bliesner, B.L., Peltier, W.R., Stepanek, C. and Zhang, Z. (2020) Lessons from a high CO2 world: an ocean view from ~3 million years ago. Climates of the Past, 16, 1599-1615,

  • Sánchez-Montes, M. L., McClymont, E. L., Lloyd, J. M., Müller, J., Cowan, E. A., and Zorzi, C. (2020) Late Pliocene Cordilleran Ice Sheet development with warm Northeast Pacific sea surface temperatures, Climate of the Past,

  • Petrick, B., McClymont, E.L., Littler, K., Rosell-Melé, A., Clarkson, M.O., Maslin, M., Röhl, U., Shevenell, A.E. & Pancost, R.D. (2018) Oceanographic and climatic evolution of the southeastern subtropical Atlantic over the last 3.5 Ma. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 492, 12-21.

  • McClymont, E.L., Elmore, A.C., Kender, S., Leng, M.J., Greaves, M. and Elderfield, H. (2016) Pliocene-Pleistocene evolution of sea surface and intermediate water temperatures from the Southwest Pacific. Paleoceanography, 895-913, article PA002954, doi: 10.1002/2016PA002954

  • Kender, S., McClymont, E.L., Elmore, A.C., Emanuel, D., Leng, M.J. and Elderfield, H. (2016) Mid-Pleistocene foraminiferal mass extinction coupled with phytoplankton evolution. Nature Communications 7, article 11970, doi:10.1038/ncomms11970.

  • Elmore, A.C., McClymont, E.L., Elderfield, H., Kender, S., Cook, M.R., Leng, M.J., Greaves, M. and Misra, S. (2015) Antarctic Intermediate Water properties since 400 ka recorded in infaunal (Uvigerina peregrina) and epifaunal (Planulina wuellerstorfi) benthic foraminifera. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 428, 193-203

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • 2020 – 2025 European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (as PI) “ANTarctic Sea Ice Evolution from a novel biological archive (ANTSIE)

  • 2020 – 2025 Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Grant (as PI) “Unlocking evidence for Antarctic sea-ice evolution from a novel biological archive”

  • 2017 – 2020 Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Standard Grant (as Co-I) “Carbon export by erosion of the biosphere: the role of earthquake-triggered landslides” (PI: R.G. Hilton)

  • 2016 – 2019 NERC Standard Grant “Assessing the role of oceanic forcing in West Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat since the Last Glacial Maximum” (PI: J.A. Smith)

  • 2013 – 2017 Research Council of Norway Standard Grant (as named Partner) “Ocean Controls on high-latitude Climate sensitivity – a Pliocene case study” (PI: B. Risebrobakken)

  • 2012 – 2014 NERC Standard Grant (as P.I.) “Reconstructing intermediate water temperature response to Pliocene-Pleistocene climates”

  • 2010 – 2013 Academy of Finland Grant (as Co-I.) “Biomarkers: a new potential method to study highly humified peat components”

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)

  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)

  • UK Paleoclimate Society

  • Quaternary Science Association (QRA)

  • Editor: Climate of the Past (since 2014)

  • Chair: Past Global Changes working group "PlioVAR" (Pliocene climate variability over glacial-interglacial timescales; 2015 – 2018)

  • Member of Editorial Board: Journal of Quaternary Science (since 2018)

  • Member of the UK Arctic and Antarctic Partnership (UK-AAP) Steering Committee (since 2017)

  • Awards Officer, Quaternary Research Association (2013-2016)

  • Guest Editor: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (g-cubed, 2012-2014)

Additional qualifications

  • 2008 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Newcastle Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K.


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