Matthew Sutton

Academic Profile

I am interested in the interactions between climate and biology across all spatial and temporal scales. In particular, I want to explore the use of deep-time records to anticipate the biotic impacts of anthropogenic climate change.

In 2018 I completed a Master’s degree in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, with a project investigating ecological selectivity during Oceanic Anoxic Events.

In 2017 I spent 3 months at the University of Heidelberg, undertaking an internship as a research assist on a palaeoceanography project. I have also completed an internship, in 2018, at the Oxford University of Natural History (OUMNH), cataloguing geological collections.

I was employed as a tutor for 5-16 year olds prior to starting my DPhil.

Alongside my academic work, I am passionate about public engagement in research. I have volunteered at the university’s Museum of Natural History for over 3 years, and the Black Country UNESCO Geopark Project for over 12 months. In both organisations I have been involved in producing educational material for a breadth of age groups, and directly engaged with members of the public through numerous events.


Martin Birch Scholarship (2020)

St Edmund Hall Open Exhibition Award (2016, 17, 18)

DAAD RISE Scholarship (2017)

Current Research

D.Phil research project

The geological record comprehensively documents past fluctuations in the Earth’s climate system. I aim to use the geological record of climate change and palaeobiology to inform future impacts of anthropogenic change. My project investigates the interaction between different trophic levels of the ocean ecosystem across the past 2.5 million years. I am using microscopic fossil remains of shallow water plankton and fish from deep-sea sediments to build up a picture of the ocean as it existed during intervals of rapid change. By comparing biological fluctuations with records of past environmental conditions, I intend to predict the consequences anthropogenic warming will have on marine communities over the coming centuries.


Publications will follow

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