Dr Margot Saher

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Margot Saher completed a MSc in geology, and a PhD in palaeoclimatology, working with Prof. D. Kroon, at the Free University in Amsterdam. She then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø. Following that she moved to the UK to work on the NERC-funded project "North Atlantic sea-level variability during the last half-millennium" at Plymouth University, on and the iGlass project at the universities of Plymouth and York. She started at Bangor University in April 2014, as a part of BRITICE-CHRONO project.

Research Interests

The general scope of Margot Saher's research is climate change, on many timescales and in many environments. She is interested in how the various aspects of the climate system, such as atmospheric and oceanic circulation patterns, land- and sea ice, sea level, and the marine ecosystem interact. The focus of Margot Saher's research is foraminifera, and their use as a tool for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. She has used stable oxygen isotopes and trace metal analysis on planktonic foraminifera as a proxy for the strength of the Indian Monsoon over Milankovitch time scales, and benthic foraminifera assemblage changes in the Barents Sea as an indication of the effect of anthropogenic warming. She also used the environmental preferences of various species of benthic foraminifera as a tool for reconstructing sea-level changes. At Bangor University, she will use foraminifera both as a tool for dating and for environmental reconstruction, tracing the edge of the vanishing British-Irish Ice Sheet.


Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

Barnett, R.L., Gehrels, W.R, Charman, D.J., Saher, M.H. and Marshall, W.A. (2015)
Late Holocene sea-level change in Arctic Norway. Quaternary Science Reviews 107, 214-230
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Saher, M.H., Gehrels, W.R., Barlow, N.L.M., Long, A.J., Haigh, I.D. and Blaauw, M. (2015)
Sea-level changes in Iceland and the influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation during the last half millennium. Quaternary Science Reviews , 108, 23-36.
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Long, A.J., Barlow, N.L.M., Gehrels, W.R., Saher, M.H., Woodworth, P.L., Scaife, R.G., Brain, M., Blaauw, M.J., Morales Maqueda, 2014.
Contrasting records of sea-level change in the eastern and western North Atlantic during the last 300 years. EPSL 388, 110-122.

Barlow, N.L.M., Shennan, I., Long, A.J., Gehrels, W.R., Saher, M.H., Woodroffe, S.A., and Hillier, C., 2013.
Salt marshes as late Holocene tide gauges. Global and Planetary Change 106, 90-110.

Barnett, R.L., Charman, D.J., Gehrels, W.R., Saher, M.H. and Marshall, W.A., 2013.
Testate amoebae as sea-level indicators in northwestern Norway. Acta Protozoologica 52 (3) 115-128.

Saher, M.H., Kristensen, D.K., Hald, M., Pavlova, O. and Jørgensen, L.L., 2012.
Changes in distribution of calcareous benthic foraminifera in the central Barents Sea between the periods 1965-1992 and 2005-2006. Global and Planetary Change 98-99, 81-96.

Saher, M.H., Klitgaard Kristensen, D., Hald, M., Korsun, S. and Lindal Jørgensen, L., 2009.
Benthic foraminifera assemblages in the Central Barents Sea: an evaluation of combining live and total fauna studies in tracking environmental change, Norwegian Journal of Geology 89, 149-161.

Saher, M.H., Rostek, F., Jung, S.J.A., Kroon, Bard, E., D., Schneider, R.R., Greaves, Ganssen, G.M., M. and Elderfield, H., 2009.
Sea Surface Temperature in the western Arabian Sea in the penultimate and last interglacial: a comparison of UK’37 and Mg/Ca paleothermometry. Paleoceanography 24 (2), PA2212.

Vonhof, H.B., Jagt J, Immenhauser, A, Smit J., van den Berg, Y., Saher, M., Keutgen, N., Reijmer, J.J.G., 2009.
Belemnite-based strontium carbon and oxygen isotope stratigraphy of the type area of the Maastrichtian Stage. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 90 (2/3), 259-270.

Saher, M.H., Jung, S.J.A., Elderfield, H., Greaves, M., and Kroon, D., 2007.
Sea surface temperatures of the western Arabian Sea during the last deglaciation. Paleoceanography 22 (2), PA2208.

Saher, M.H., Peeters, F.J.C, and Kroon, D., 2007.
Sea surface temperatures during the SW and NE monsoon seasons in the western Arabian Sea over the past 20,000 years. Paleoceanography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 249 (1-2), 216-228.

Immenhauser, A., Kenter, J.A.M, Ganssen, G., Bahamonde, J.R., van Vliet, A.J., and Saher, M.H., 2002.
Origin and significance of isotope shifts in Pennsylvanian carbonates (Asturias, NW Spain). Journal of Sedimentary research, 72 (1), 82-94

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