Vera Pospelova (Ph.D. 2003, McGill University), Principal Investigator.

Professor since 2019. Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota, USA.

Professor 2005-2019. School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Canada. HWK Senior Fellow in Marine and Climate Research.

Current Members of the Paleoenvironmental Group

Vincy Winifred (Ph.D.).
Liyang (Franklin) Qin (M.Sc.).
Sandy McLachlan (Ph.D.). 2021. Dinoflagellate cysts of the late Cretaceous–early Paleogene of the northeast Pacific; biostratigraphy, diversity, and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. NSERC PGS D Scholarship. UVic.
Abigail Wilwerding. Understanding How Seasonal Sediment Flux Varies in a Northeastern Pacific Fjord. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project.


Post-Doctoral Fellows:

Dr. Zhen Li. 2019-21. Co-supervised with Dr. Roger Francois at UBC, Canada. Visiting at UVic. Website at UBC, Canada
Dr. Manuel Bringué. 2015-18. Co-supervised with Dr. Bob Thunell at USC, USA. Visiting at UVic. Website at NRCan, Canada
Dr. Maija Heikkilä. 2010-12. Co-supervised with Drs. R. Macdonald and G. Stern at the University of Manitoba. ArcticNet, Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence. Website at the University of Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Kenneth Mertens. 2009. Website at Ifremer, France


Former UVic Graduate Students:


Jin-Si Over (M.Sc.). 2019. Thesis: Last Interglacial (MIS 5e) sea surface hydrographic conditions in coastal southern California based on dinoflagellate cysts.

Second Place at IdeaFest Research Reels 2019: Watch the movie

Janset Kankus (Ph.D.) at Dokuz Eylül University, Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology. Co-supervised with Dr. Nihayet Bizsel. Distribution of phytoplankton and dinoflagellate cysts in the Aegean Sea.
Weiming Jiang (M.Sc.). 2019. Co-supervised with Drs. Li, Luo & Lin at Guangzhou University & the Key Laboratory of Marginal Sea Geology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, China. Thesis: Distributions of modern dinoflagellate cysts in sediment samples from the South China Sea.
Pieter Gurdebeke (Ph.D.) at University of Ghent. 2019. Co-supervised with Drs. Mertens and Louwye. Thesis: Holocene dinoflagellates and other palynomorphs in Northern Hemisphere estuaries: taxonomy, distributions, geochemistry and paleoecological application.
Zhen Li (Ph.D.). 2018. Thesis: Reconstructing Holocene East Asian climate and oceanographic history of the northern South China Sea: high-resolution records of pollen, spores, and dinoflagellate cysts. NSERC CGS D3 Scholarship.