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Dr Heather L. Ford

NERC Independent Research Fellow


Downing Street

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 333427

Research Interests

mid-Pliocene Warm Period
Mid-Pleistocene Transition
El Niño and the Thermocline


Geochemistry ; palaeoclimate reconstructions

Key Publications

Ford, H.L., Sosdian, S.M., Rosenthal, Y., and Raymo, M.E., 2016, Gradual and abrupt changes during the Mid-Pleistocene Transition, Quaternary Science Reviews, 148, 222-233, dio: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.07.005

Lyle, M., Pockalny, R., Polissar, P., Lynch-Stieglitz, J., Bova, S., Dunlear, A.G., Ford, H.L., Hertzberg, J., Hovan, S., Jacobel, A., Wertman, C., Maloney, A., Murray, R.W., Wilson, J., Wejnert, K., Xie, R.C., 2016, Dynamic carbonate sedimentation on the Northern Line Islands Ridge, Palmyra Basin, Marine Geology, 379, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2016.06.005.

Ford, H.L., Ravelo, A.C., and Polissar, P., 2015, Reduced El Niño-Southern Oscillation during the Last Glacial Maximum, Science, 347, 255-258, doi:10.1126/science.1258437

Ford, H.L., Ravelo, A.C., Dekens, P. LaRiviere, J.P., Wara, M., 2015, The evolution of the equatorial thermocline and the early Pliocene El Padre mean state, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL064215

Lynch-Stieglitz, J., Polissar, P., Jacobel, A., Hovan, S., Pockalny, R., Lyle, M., Murray, R., Ravelo, A.C., Bova, S., Castro, V., Dunlea, A., Ford, H.L., Herzberg, J., King, C., Maloney, A., Shackford, J., Wejnert, K., and Xie, R. 2015, GlacialInterglacial Changes in Central Tropical Pacific Surface Seawater Property Gradients, Paleoceanography, 30, doi:10.1002/2014PA002746

Ravelo, A.C., Lawrence, K.T., Fedorov, A., and Ford, H.L., 2014, Comment on “A 12-Million-Year Temperature History of the Tropical Pacific Ocean.”, Science, 346 1467, doi:10.1126/science.1257618

Ford, H.L., Ravelo, A.C., and Hovan, S., 2012, A deep Eastern Equatorial Pacific thermocline during the early Pliocene warm period, Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters 355–356, 152–161, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.08.027

LaRiviere, J.P., Ravelo, A.C., Crimmins, A., Dekens, P.S., Ford, H.L., Lyle, M., and Wara, M.W., 2012, Late Miocene decoupling of oceanic warmth and atmospheric carbon dioxide forcing: Nature, 486, doi:10.1038/nature11200

Ford, H.L., Schellenberg, S., Becker, B, Deutschman, D., Dyck, K. and Koch, P., 2010, Evaluating the skeletal chemistry of Mytilus californianus as a temperature proxy: effects of microenvironment and ontogeny, Paleoceanography, 25, PA1203, doi:10.1029/2008PA001677

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