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Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Emma

Contact Surname: Tomlinson

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Department of Geology Trinity College Dublin College Green Dublin 2 Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353 1 8963856

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Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: University College Dublin

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My main interest of relevance is the application of geochemistry to geological and environmental questions, in particular: 1) The application of tephrostratigraphy and tephrochronology to resolving the relative and absolute timing of past climatic changes. I have worked mainly in marine and lake sedimentary paleoenvironmental archives and also in archaeological settings; 2) The use of volcanic deposits for reconstructing the geochemical evolution of magmatic systems, in particular the build-up to large volume eruptions an order to reconstruct the geochemical-frequency-magnitude behaviour of a volcano; 3) The use of halogens as tracers of magmatic processes, both in the deep mantle and in crustal level magma chambers.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
geochemistry, trace elements, tephra, mantle metasomatism, diamond, earth science, petrology, geology, volcanic hazard, rate of climate change

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 Climate Change Research

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EU Research Partnerships

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Climate Change

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 Moving towards Reliable Decadal Climate Predictions

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I was a PDRA on the UK NERC RESET project: Response of Humans to Abrupt Environmental Transitions ( The project aims to construct a new improved chronological framework for Europe using volcanic ash layers (tephra horizons) which represent time-parallel signatures allowing archaeological and geological records to be linked. Co-author on various related works: (1) Tomlinson et al (2010) Microanalysis of tephra by LA-ICP-MS — Strategies, advantages and limitations assessed using the Thorsmörk ignimbrite (Southern Iceland), Chemical Geology, 279(3-4):73-89; (2) Lane et al., (2011) Was the 12.1 ka Icelandic Vedde Ash one of a kind? Quaternary Science Reviews, 33:87-99; (3) Lowe et al (2012) Volcanic ash layers illuminate the resilience of Neanderthals and early modern humans to natural hazards, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 07/2012; 109(34):13532-7; (4) Albert et al., (2013) Late glacial explosive activity on Mount Etna: implications for proximal-distal tephra correlations and the synchronisation of Mediterranean archives, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 265:9-26; (5) Douka et al., (2014) The chronostratigraphy of the Haua Fteah cave (Cyrenaica, northeast Libya), Journal of Human Evolution, DOI:10.1016/j.jhevol.2013.10.001.

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Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

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