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School of Geography

Karen Bacon Dr Karen Bacon

Contact details

Room 10.30 Garstang
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33371

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Research overview

My research spans palaeobotany to present day plant ecology and incorporates elements of plant biology, geology and geochemistry. I am interested in how plants respond to changes in atmospheric composition and how these responses can be tracked in the fossil record.  I work on developing plant-based proxies for interpreting changes in atmospheric composition and on tracking plant responses to changing environmental conditions. I also investigate plant responses to mass extinction events, in particular the Triassic–Jurassic boundary (201 million years ago).  I am currently investigating the effects of atmospheric composition, temperature and light quality on leaf physiognomy, functioning and development.


Latest publications

Current projects

  • Effect of atmospheric composition on nutrient use in plants
  • Tracking the effects of sulphur dioxide in fossil plants
  • Temperature/light quality and leaf shape in gymnopserms

More work in progress

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