Dr James Rae of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences has been awarded the European Geosciences Union (EGU) "Outstanding Young Scientist" in the Biogeosciences (BG) Division as part of their announcement of 35 recipients of next year’s Union Medals and Awards, Division Medals, and Division Outstanding Young Scientists Awards.
The individuals, from both European and non-European countries, are honoured for their important contributions to the Earth, planetary and space sciences.
James' research focuses on reconstructing past climate change and its
causes, with particular interests in the cause of recent
glacial-interglacial cycles, and climate changes over the Cenozoic. To
study these questions, James uses geochemical measurements on fossils,
sediments, water and ice, with a special focus on the boron isotope
proxy for pH. Recent research highlights include new estimates of tropical ocean temperatures over the last 5 million years (DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2194), and a new mechanism for the end of the last ice age (DOI: 10.1002/2013PA002570).
The recipients will receive their prizes at the EGU 2015 General Assembly, which will take place in Vienna on 12–17 April 2015.