Pam Vervoort

Ph.D. student Global Climate & Environmental Change | University of California, Riverside | Dr. Sandra Kirtland-Turner

Mount Etna volcano, Sicily, Italy

About me

During my undergraduate and master studies at Utrecht University I focused mainly on (paleo)climatology. Especially the early Cenozoic is a geologic period of great interest to me.

Current research

My current research as a Ph.D. student at UC Riverside is centered around astronomical climate forcing. I use a numerical Earth System Model (cGENIE) to simulate orbitally-forced insolation changes, evaluate how the marine and terrestrial environments respond and how this affects the global carbon cycle. I use the dynamic climate of the early Cenozoic as a case-study. In the second part of this research I investigate how orbital variations are recorded in marine records and how signals are distorted by processes such as bioturbation and dissolution. Deciphering signals that are encoded the sedimentary record is of great importance for our understanding of the link between climate and carbon cycling.

Astronomical climate forcing is experienced by all planetary objects. With an increasing amount of Earth-like exoplanets that are currently being discovered, our curiosity about their habitability grows. The energy a planet receives from its star is directly related to orbital and spin dynamics and is therefore a fundamental component in exoclimate research. I plan to use numerical modeling to dive into the 'world' of exoplanetary science.

Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen