Stijn De Schepper

Stijn De Schepper

Research Professor
Phone: +47 56 10 75 50
Office Address: Jahnebakken 5, 5007 Bergen, Norway

I am a Research Professor at NORCE Climate, affiliated to the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. My main research interests are Atlantic and Polar paleoceanography, sea ice reconstructions and proxies, and past warm climate intervals. My current research focuses on Arctic paleoceanography and sea ice reconstructions. Together with my cross-disciplinary team of paleoceanographers and microbial ecologists, I am investigating the potential of ancient DNA in marine sediments for Arctic sea ice reconstructions. This project ( is funded through an ERC Consolidator Grant.

My main expertise is in marine palynology (dinoflagellate cysts), and I have worked with inorganic (stable isotopes and Mg/Ca of foraminifers) and organic (sea ice biomarkers) geochemistry, and more recently also with ancient DNA. I remain interested and active in research on different aspects of dinoflagellate cyst research, past warm Pliocene climates, Quaternary and Pliocene paleoceanography, regional paleoenvironmental reconstructions and biostratigraphy.

Very short CV

Since 2016 Research Professor at NORCE Climate
2014–2016 Senior Researcher at Uni Research Climate
2011–2014 Postdoc at University of Bergen (Norway)
2006–2011 Postdoc at University of Bremen (Germany)
2002–2006 PhD, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (UK)

Recent publications

De Schepper, S., Ray, J. L., Skaar, K., Sadatzki, H., Ijaz, U.Z., Stein, R. and Larsen, A. 2019. The potential of sedimentary ancient DNA for sea ice reconstructions. ISME Journal 13, 2566–2577, doi:10.1038/s41396-019-0457-1. Link
Clotten, C., Stein, R., Fahl, K., Schreck, M., Risebrobakken, B. & De Schepper, S., 2019. On the causes of Arctic sea ice in the warm Early Pliocene. Scientific Reports 9:989, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-37047-y. Link
McClymont, E.L., Ford, H.L., Ho, S.L., Tindall, J.C., Haywood, A.M., Alonso-Garcia, M., Bailey, I., Berke, M.A., Littler, K., Patterson, M., Petrick, B., Peterse, F., Ravelo, A.C., Risebrobakken, B., De Schepper, S., Swann, G.E.A, Thiraumalai, K., Tierney, J.E., van der Weijst, C. and White, S. 2019. Lessons from a high CO2 world: an ocean view from ~3 million years ago, doi: 10.5194/cp-2019-161. Link

All publications, see ORCID 0000-0002-6934-0914