I am a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences, University College London.

I use a variety of techniques to study the ways in which the Earth's climate has changed in the past by examining fluctuations in the geochemical composition of different proxies (diatoms, foraminifera, bulk sediment) preserved in marine or lacustrine sedimentary archives.

I am currently working on a 3-year NERC-funded multi-proxy project (PI Dr. Amelia Shevenell) to investigate the role played by the North Pacific in the storage and release of carbon to the atmosphere during the last deglaciation.

Academic Qualifications

09/2011 - Present     Post-Doctoral Research Associate
                                           Department of Earth Sciences, UCL

                                           Project: "A role for the North Pacific in the deglacial atmospheric CO2 rise?"

09/2007 - 09/2011    Ph.D,
Department of Geography, UCL
                                           Supervisors: Prof. Mark Maslin, Dr. Anson Mackay
                                           Fully-funded NERC Research Studentship

                                           Thesis: "Plio-Pleistocene Reconstruction of East African and Arabian Sea                                                                   Palaeoclimates

09/2005 - 09/2006   MSc Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway/UCL, University of London
                                            Graduated with Distinction
and awarded Elsevier Prize for top-graded
                                            Funded NERC MSc Studentship

                                            Dissertation:   "Surface current variations in the Western Equatorial
                                                                        Atlantic Ocean over the last 30,000 years

10/1998 - 07/2002       BSc (Hons) Geology, University of Edinburgh
                                              Class 2:1

                                              Dissertation: "The geologic mapping of the Digermul Peninsula, Finnmark"

Grants and Awards

         -     Shevenell, A.E., Wilson, K.E., Swann, G.E.A., Leng, M.J., Sloane, H.J. ‘A role for the North
                Pacific in deglacial atmospheric CO2 rise?
’ NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory
                facility grant no. IP/1342/1112. £18,000. 
Maslin. M.A., Wilson, K.E., Mackay, A.W. and Leng, M.J. ‘Investigating Pliocene                                    palaeoclimates in East Africa using oxygen isotopes from biogenic silica.’ NERC Isotope                        Geoscience Laboratory facility grant no. IP/1082/1108. £6,700.

         -     Maslin, M.A., Wilson, K.E., Mackay, A.W. and Leng, M.J. ‘Variations in the intensity of                        low-latitude monsoonal circulation in response to the onset of Northern Hemisphere                            glaciation'. NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory facility grant no. IP/1104/0509. £9,400.

         -     UCL Graduate School Major Award for AGU Fall Meeting (2010)

         -     Gay Clifford Bursary for Outstanding Women Scientists (UCL) for work on the
                contamination of diatom isotope (
δ18O) signals (2009)

         -     Bill Bishop Award (Quaternary Research Association) for work in the Baringo Basin,
                Kenya (2009)

         -     Fully-funded 3.5 year NERC PhD Studentship (2007 - 2011)

         -     Elsevier Prize for highest graded MSc Quaternary Science student (2006)

         -     NERC MSc Studentship (2005-2006)

         -     University of Edinburgh Colours Award (2002)

         -     University of Edinburgh Small Projects Grant for fieldwork in Finnmark (2001)

         -     Sargeant Award for academic achievement in Geography (1998)