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School of Geography

Karen Bacon Dr Karen Bacon

Contact details

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

Email:
K.Bacon

Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 34 33371

Student hours:
Please email for an appointment

Research overview

I welcome PhD applications in the following areas:

Palaeobotany/palaeoecology

Plant responses to climate change/atmospheric composition change (past/present or future)

Plant and leaf morphometrics/physiognomy 

Development of proxies for palaeobotany

Presentations

Herdman Symposium, University of Liverpool, 2015

Invited presentation: Fossil Plants: Secret Historians of Earth's Past

Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2013, Denver, Colorado, USA

Oral presentation: Atmospheric composition as a taphonomic filter for fossil plants in the geological record - an example from the Triassic-Jurassic boundary of East Greenland

  • Irish Plant Scientists’ Association Meeting 2013, NUI Galway, Ireland

Oral presentation: Testing the effects of atmospheric composition on leaf economic traits – implications for interpreting for interpreting the plant fossil record.

  • Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting, 2012, Dublin, Ireland

Oral presentation: Leaf physiognomic variations as a proxy for elevated atmospheric SO2 across the Triassic–Jurassic boundary.

  • Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2012, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Oral presentation: Leaf physiognomic variations as a proxy for elevated atmospheric SO2 across the Triassic–Jurassic boundary.

  • Irish Plant Scientists’ Association Meeting, 2012, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin.

Oral presentation: Interpreting changes in leaf physiognomy across the Triassic–Jurassic boundary – implications for the effect of atmospheric composition on leaf size and shape.

  • 8thEuropean Palaeobotany–Palynology Conference, 2010, Budapest, Hungary

Oral presentation: Tracking changes in fossil leaf physiognomy and ‘economics’ in response to atmospheric changes across the Triassic–Jurassic mass extinction event

  • Irish Plant Scientists’ Association Meeting, 2010, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Oral presentation: Using extant ‘ancient’ taxa to help unravel leaf economics across the Triassic–Jurassic boundary, 200 million years ago.

  • 8th Symposium of the International Geological Correlation Programme 506 Marine and Non-Marine Jurassic: Global Correlation and Major Geological Events, University of Bucharest, Romania, 2009.

Oral presentation: Investigation of fossil leaf widths across the Triassic–Jurassic boundary (200 million years ago) and implications for climate.

  • Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group 2008, London, UK.

Oral presentation: Investigating plant mass extinction across the Triassic–Jurassic boundary using high-resolution fossil leaf relative abundances.

  • 8th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference, Bonn, Germany, 2008.

Oral presentation: Investigating plant mass extinction across the Triassic–Jurassic boundary using high-resolution fossil leaf relative abundances.

  • Irish Plant Scientists’ Association Meeting, 2008. National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Poster presentation: Plant stable carbon isotope values indicate a link between major climate perturbations and plant biodiversity loss at the Triassic–Jurassic boundary (200 million years ago).