People

Faculty

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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

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Vincy Winifred (Ph.D.).
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Liyang (Franklin) Qin (M.Sc.).
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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.
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Abigail Wilwerding. Understanding How Seasonal Sediment Flux Varies in a Northeastern Pacific Fjord. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project.

Alumni

Post-Doctoral Fellows:

   
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Dr. Zhen Li. 2019-21. Co-supervised with Dr. Roger Francois at UBC, Canada. Visiting at UVic. Website at UBC, Canada
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Dr. Manuel Bringué. 2015-18. Co-supervised with Dr. Bob Thunell at USC, USA. Visiting at UVic. Website at NRCan, Canada
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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
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Dr. Kenneth Mertens. 2009. Website at Ifremer, France

 

Former UVic Graduate Students:

   
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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.