Dr Babette Hoogakker
Associate Professor in Palaeoceanography and Climate Change
Babette joined Heriot-Watt in 2017. Prior to this she worked as a postdoc at the University of Oxford (NERC research fellowship), and the University of Cambridge. Babette is interested in the relationship between the global biogeochemical cycles (especially oxygen and carbon) and the evolution of the oceans and climate using isotope and trace element proxies.
Babette is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and leads the FARGO project. She was awarded a Philip Leverhulme prize in Earth Sciences in 2018.
Also see https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/babette-hoogakker
Junior Team Members
From the start of his academic career in Geosciences, Helge has been fascinated with benthic and planktic foraminifera and their importance in understanding climate events of the past. In particular, his BSc and MSc dissertations focused on Holocene benthic foraminifera assemblages and stable isotopes as proxies for food availability and oxygen concentration.
He has carried out academic teaching activities related to the field of palaeontology, and geological and tectonic history of the Andean Margin of South America. He also works as a freelance paleontological consultant in Chile.
Currently Sebastian as part of his PhD research at the Lyell Centre is studying the changes in the expansion of the Southeast Pacific Oxygen Minimum Zone during the Neogene and Quaternary using benthic foraminifera community ecology and their morphologies.
Senior Team members
Dharma Andrea Reyes Macaya
Her current research focus is based on understanding past changes in the hydrology of the Equatorial and South-East Pacific. She have been using for this, stable isotopes, radiocarbon and trace elements in bulk, benthic and planktonic foraminifera from marine sediment records that provide insights about water column and bottom water characteristics such as density, ventilation, relative nutrient content, age, and oxygenation.
Since her undergraduate studies she has been actively working in several outreach programs using popular education, art and literature as a strategy to communicate science. Since 2019, she has been doing voluntary work as a communitary scientist building with communities regional knowledge about biogeochemical state of rivers and ocean focusing in trace metals in Chile.
She is interested in all things oceanography, ranging from past climate reconstructions using foraminifera geochemistry to observation oceanography. Jennifer did her undergraduate degree (Environmental Geoscience) and MScR at the University of Edinburgh. For the latter she investigated past monsoon dynamics in the western Arabian Sea using planktic foraminifera oxygen isotopes and Mg/Ca paleothermometry.
Before joining Heriot-Watt August 2020 to August 2021, Katrina worked as a project officer at the Open University where she also undertook her PhD looking at reconstructing the Late Pleistocene Indian Monsoon.
Katrina is now working at the University of Bergen on her Marie-Skłodowska Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow project.
You can find out about Katrina’s research here.