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EPOC receives two new phD students

2010-11-30 07:45

Gesa Milzer and Christian Dylmer joined the CASE project on October 15th, 2010. They are hosted at “Environnements et Paléoenvironnements Océaniques (EPOC)” a CNRS/University of Bordeaux 1 joint institution. They will conduct their PhD project under the supervision of Jacques Giraudeau, and in close collaboration with the CASE partner institutions.

Christian Dylmer will investigate Holocene millenial to centennial-scale changes in Atlantic water inflow to the northern Nordic Seas. The overarching objective of this research project is to obtain a more complete knowledge on Holocene natural variability of physical parameters affecting ecosystem processes and structure within, or close to areas presently affected by seasonal sea-ice. The methodology will essentially involve micropalentological analyses of bulk and species-specific dinocyst and coccolith assemblages, and transfer function derived estimates of sea-surface parameters.

Gesa Milzer’s project deals with high resolution (centennial to decadal scale) reconstructions of Holocene climate and hydrology in the coastal area of central Norway (Trondheim fjord), an area where environmental changes are tightly reflecting atmospheric and oceanographic processes occuring at the scale of the northern North Atlantic. Among various proxies used within this project, dinocyst-based transfer functions, as well as stable isotope measurements on benthic foraminifera will be used for quantitative estimates of surface parameters (SSS, SST) and bottom density, respectively.


Christian Dylmer

“In 2003 I had my first experience with the Northatlantic Oceans on a danish inspection ship, which was kind of an eye open’ r. Since then my interest for the arctic and the climatic changes has been generally increasing. Even though, I had the interest for the subject, it wasn’t until my master year and thesis, which was focused on a multiproxy core from Disco Bay with focus on dinoflagellates in the late holocene, I was sure that this was what I wanted to work with. So when I finished in july, from Aarhus University in Denmark, it seemt natural for me to look for PhD projects on international webpages, where I found the CASE project.

I am looking forward to the continued work with different biological proxyes and also to the practical sessions that are included in the project. These sessions will give me the opportunity to work with scientists from all over the world and hopefully improve my general knowledge of different paleontological methods.”



Gesa Milzer

"I graduated at the University of Hannover in 2008 by writing my diploma thesis on Holocene climate variability in the Trondheimsfjord. The analysis was based on oxygen isotopes of benthic foraminifera. Working on this subject I was impressed by the sensitivity of the climate system to even small changes in the environment and the resulting effects. The PhD-Position at Epoc is therefore a very good opportunity to increase the knowledge on Holocene climate variability in this region and to improve my technical and professional skills. The international cooperation within the CASE-Project thereby provides great opportunities for scientific exchange and development.

I look forward to the collaboration with the early stage researchers and the other participants."

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