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Dr Mark Stevenson

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography+44 (0) 191 33 43478


  • 2021 – present Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, Durham University
  • 2017-2021 Research Associate, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University
  • 2012-2017 PhD in Geography, School of Geography, University of Nottingham - “Carbon cycling in Arctic lakes: sedimentary biomarker reconstructions from Disko Island, West Greenland”
  • 2011-2012 MSc in Environmental Management, School of Geography, University of Nottingham
  • 2008-2011 BSc in Geography, School of Geography, University of Nottingham (1st Class Hons)
Research Overview

I am an environmental biogeochemist with a particular geographical interest in answering earth science questions intersecting the carbon cycle and paleoclimate especially in northern and southern latitudes.

My current research in the Department of Geography is affiliated with the EU funded ANTSIE project (ANTarctic Sea Ice Evolution from a novel biological archive) in which I now use novel biological archives to reconstruct Antarctic sea-ice conditions at a variety of timescales. These biological remains formed from the preserved remains of regurgitated stomach contents from snow petrels, which feed within and at the edges of the sea-ice pack.

Previously I worked at Newcastle University on the organic geochemical aspects of the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean Seafloor (ChAOS) project in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. I participated in summer 2017, 2018 & 2019 NERC cruises aboard the RRS James Clark Ross to collect sediment cores along a changing sea ice gradient in the Barents Sea. In this project I analysed these sediments for a range of lipid biomarkers to quantify the bioavailability, transformation and cycling of organic carbon, focusing on its burial at the seafloor.

My PhD (University of Nottingham) developed organic geochemical paleoenvironmental reconstructions of carbon cycling using lake sediments on Disko Island, West Greenland to understand the drivers of recent and Holocene-scale climate change.

Research interests

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • High latitude environmental science
  • Organic geochemistry
  • Palaeoclimate


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