School of Ocean Sciences

Professor James Scourse

MA (Oxon), Ph.D. (Cantab), Cert. Ed. (Bristol), FGS, FLSW


Room: 202 Craig Mair

Telephone: 01248 382876,



Professor of Marine Geology. I completed a BA at the University of Oxford in 1980 and a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge (Sub-department of Quaternary Research) in 1985. I was Rosalind, Lady Carlisle, Research Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge, between 1984 and 1985 before being appointed to my current position. I was a Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow, 2008-2009, and I was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2014. I am currently Director of the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W).

Selected Recent Papers

My research strategy is to 1. unravel novel palaeoceanographic records from shallow marine sediments and annually-resolved biological archives, involving a thorough understanding of processes and proxy calibration, with the overall objective of 2. understanding the significance of hydrodynamic and biogeochemical processes and feedbacks in shallow marine environments within the global climate system. This research has resulted in

  1. hydrodynamic models of the tidal evolution of the European shelf seas from the Last Glacial Maximum to the present, constrained by proxy geological data from shelf sequences (Uehara et al., 2006), with implications for deep ocean tidal mixing and circulation on glacial-interglacial timescales, for atmospheric pCO2 and for the collapse of marine-influenced ice sheets,
  2. the first marine cross-matched annual growth series from fossil Arctica islandica (Scourse et al., 2006),
  3. key evidence on AMOC variability during the last millennium (Wanamaker et al., 2012)
  4. identification of the feedbacks driving millennial-scale dynamics of the British Ice Sheet linked to the hydrodynamic structure of the adjacent North Atlantic during the last glacial stage (Scourse et al., 2009), and
  5. identification of the meridional direction and rate of migration of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone across Africa during the last deglaciation.

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