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Elena Lo Giudice Cappelli

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Elena Lo Giudice Cappelli
Postal address:
School of Geog & Sustainable Devt
Irvine Building
St Andrews

United Kingdom

Email: elgc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463081

Research overview

I graduated with a B.Sc. degree from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 2007. In the same year, I moved to the University of Bologna (Ravenna Campus), Italy, to complete a M.Sc. degree (awarded in 2010) in Environmental Science and Oceanography. After graduation, I stayed at the Ravenna Campus to work on a short contract studying heavy metals contamination in the Pialassa Baiona (Italy) brackish lagoon. Later in 2010, I started my Ph.D. project on Late Pleistocene variability in Timor Sea (Indonesia) hydrology as a member of the Marie Curie Network “Throughflow” at the Institute of Geosciences, University of Kiel, Germany. Since May 2016, I am a Research Fellow at the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews.

My background broadly encompasses the areas of micropaleontology, geochemistry, paleoclimate and paleoceanography. Specifically, I am interested in the use of foraminiferal trace elements to calcium ratios and stable isotopes as proxies to reconstruct changes in the chemistry of the ocean over glacial cycles. Over the past few years, I have been using a multi-proxy approach to disentangle the effects of different parameters (temperature, salinity, pH…) on the fossil record and improve our understanding of past changes in ocean circulation and chemistry, which may be the only way to unravel the dynamics behind modern day climate change. Most recently, I have joined a research project studying Blue Carbon and the coastal ocean’s role in the production, transport and storage of carbon. In this context, I have been working on a suit of sediment samples from a number of Scottish sea lochs to reconstruct spatial and temporal changes in organic carbon content and its possible links with peat erosion and redistribution/storage of organic carbon in the marine environment.

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