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Stijn De Schepper

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Jahnebakken 5, 5007 Bergen, Norway

I am a Research Professor at NORCE Climate and Environment, 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 climates. My current research focuses on polar paleoceanography and sea ice reconstructions. Together with my cross-disciplinary team of paleoceanographers and microbial ecologists, we are investigating the potential of ancient DNA in marine sediments for sea ice reconstructions in the Arctic and Antarctic. Our projects are funded through an ERC Consolidator Grant (AGENSI), an EEA and Norway Grant (NEEDED) and the Norwegian Research Council (ARCHIE). For all of these projects we work with international partners located in Germany, Poland, Australia and the UK.

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
2014–2016 Senior Researcher at Uni Research
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

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Climate Evolution Through the Onset and Intensification of Northern Hemisphere Glaciation – Reviews of Geophysics 2023
The development of ocean currents and the response of the cryosphere on the Southwest Svalbard shelf over the Holocene – Global and Planetary Change 2023
Sea ice variability in the North Atlantic subpolar gyre throughout the last interglacial – Quaternary Science Reviews 2023
Buoyancy forcing: A key driver of northern North Atlantic sea surface temperature variability across multiple timescales – Climate of the Past 2023
Sedimentary ancient DNA: a new paleogenomic tool for reconstructing the history of marine ecosystems – Frontiers in Marine Science 2023
Arctic Paleoceanography Cruise KH21-234 with R/V Kronprins Haakon – NORCE Norwegian Research Centre 2022
Dinocyst and acritarch biostratigraphy of the Late Pliocene to Early Pleistocene at Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Site U1307 in the Labrador Sea – Journal of Micropalaeontology 2020
20 - 8 CAGE Cruise report. Natural gas seepage and past sea ice variability on the NE Greenland margin – UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2020
An overview and brief description of common marine organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst taxa occurring in surface sediments of the Northern Hemisphere – Marine Micropaleontology 2020
Lessons from a high-CO2 world: an ocean view from  ∼ 3 million years ago – Climate of the Past 2020
Planktic Foraminiferal Test Size and Weight Response to the Late Pliocene Environment – Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 2020
Distribution of common modern dinoflagellate cyst taxa in surface sediments of the Northern Hemisphere in relation to environmental parameters: The new n=1968 database – Marine Micropaleontology 2019
The potential of sedimentary ancient DNA for reconstructing past sea ice evolution – The ISME Journal 2019
Tracking Holocene palaeostratification and productivity changes in the Western Irish Sea: A multi-proxy record – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 2019
Cryptic speciation in Protoceratium reticulatum (Dinophyceae): Evidence from morphological, molecular and ecophysiological data – Harmful Algae 2019
On the causes of Arctic sea ice in the warm Early Pliocene – Scientific Reports 2019
The dinoflagellate cyst genera Achomosphaera Evitt 1963 and Spiniferites Mantell 1850 in Pliocene to modern sediments: a summary of round table discussions – Palynology 2018
Quaternary dinoflagellate cysts in the Arctic Ocean: Potential and limitations for stratigraphy and paleoenvironmental reconstructions – Quaternary Science Reviews 2018
Orbital, tectonic and oceanographic controls on Pliocene climate and atmospheric circulation in Arctic Norway – Global and Planetary Change 2018
The relationship between Neogene dinoflagellate cysts and global climate dynamics – Earth-Science Reviews 2018
Seasonal sea ice cover during the warm Pliocene: Evidence from the Iceland Sea (ODP Site 907) – Earth and Planetary Science Letters 2018
Age and palaeoenvironment of the Utsira Formation in the northern North Sea based on marine palynology – Norsk Geologisk Tidsskrift 2017
Mid-Piacenzian variability of Nordic Seas surface circulation linked to terrestrial climatic change in Norway – Paleoceanography 2017
Neogene dinoflagellate cysts and acritarchs from the high northern latitudes and their relation to sea surface temperature – Marine Micropaleontology 2017
Exploring the MIS M2 glaciation occurring during a warm and high atmospheric CO2 Pliocene background climate – Earth and Planetary Science Letters 2017
Highly variable Pliocene sea surface conditions in the Norwegian Sea – Climate of the Past 2017
Dinoflagellate cyst paleoecology during the Pliocene–Pleistocene climatic transition in the North Atlantic – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 2017
Low-frequency Pliocene climate variability in the eastern Nordic Seas – Paleoceanography 2016
Late Neogene dinoflagellate cyst and acritarch biostratigraphy for Ocean Drilling Program Hole 642B, Norwegian Sea – Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2016
Climate variability and long-term expansion of peatlands in Arctic Norway during the late Pliocene (ODP Site 642, Norwegian Sea) – Climate of the Past 2016
Climate variability and long-term expansion of peat lands in Arctic Norway during the late Pliocene (ODP Site 642, Norwegian Sea) – Climate of the Past 2015
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