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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
April 2022 - April 2024
Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Adjunct Professor
- Paleoaltimetry, Paleobotany, and Paleoclimatology
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.
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.