Robert A. Spicer

Robert A. Spicer
The Open University (UK) · Department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems

PhD

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Introduction
My research focuses on developing terrestrial palaeoclimate proxies based on multivariate statistical analysis of leaf architecture, the best known of which is CLAMP (Climate Leaf Analysis Multivariate Program - CLAMP- http://clamp.ibcas.ac.cn), the evolution of Arctic vegetation and climate, the uplift history of Tibet and the development of the Asian monsoon. For more information see http://science-people.open.ac.uk/r.a.spicer
Additional affiliations
April 2022 - April 2024
Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research Chinese Academy of Sciences
Position
  • Adjunct Professor
Description
  • Paleoaltimetry, Paleobotany, and Paleoclimatology
January 2018 - present
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden
Position
  • Senior Visiting Scholar
Description
  • Palaeoclimate and palaeoelevation reconstructions of the Tibet and surrounding regions.
January 2010 - present
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Description
  • Senior International Visiting Professorship
Education
November 1975 - November 1978
United States Geological Survey
Field of study
  • Geology
September 1972 - October 1975
Imperial College London
Field of study
  • Geology
October 1969 - June 1972
Imperial College London
Field of study
  • Botany

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Projects (6)
Project
The Jianglang locality (Bangor County, Tibetan Plateau, China) is situated at an altitude of 4850 m along the Bangong-Nujiang Suture. The Cenozoic sediments belong to the Niubao Formation in the lower part and the Dingqing Formation in the upper part. The fossil site has 5 distinct sections, and we find in total ca. 1500 fruits, seeds, leaves, tubers and stems. Among them, ca. 150 fossils correspond to ca. 34 morphotypes of fruits and seeds. The aim of this project is to study in detail the fruit and seed biodiversity of the Jianglang site, to reconstruct the paleoenvironment and to improve the understanding of the biogeographic role of the Tibetan region during the Eocene.
Project
To investigate (i) connections between orography and climate as represented by monsoon intensity and Himalayan uplift; (ii) weathering of Himalayan rocks and the atmospheric CO2 reservoir.