I’m a NERC CENTA PhD student (2015-present). My project involves reconstructing the Indian Summer Monsoon’s response to abrupt climate change during Marine Isotope Stage 5.
My research involves using marine sediments recovered from the Bay of Bengal, the core convective region of the Indian Summer Monsoon, from IODP Exp. 353. The Indian Monsoon affects some of Earth’s most densely populated areas therefore, it is important to have a comprehensive understanding of the monsoon and how it responds to climate forcing. Reconstructing past monsoon behaviour can allow us to tease out how sensitive its response is to forcing such as changes in ice volume or greenhouse gases. Termination II (~135, 000 years ago) and the Last Interglacial Period (~125,000 years ago) provide a useful case study to investigate the monsoon response to warming.
I am using a multi-proxy approach that includes bulk sediment elemental composition and geochemical tracers in foraminifera to reconstruct changes in Indian Summer Monsoon induced runoff and precipitation changes from 140,000-70,000 years ago.
BSc, University of Glasgow (2011-2015)
Dr. Pallavi Anand, Dr. Philip F. Sexton, Dr. Melanie J. Leng (BGS)
Kerr, K., Anand, P., Sexton, P. F and Leng, M. J. 2016. Investigating the Indian Monsoon’s variability during the Last Interglacial Period. Geochemistry Group Research in Progress Meeting, University of Leeds.
Kerr, K., Anand, P., Sexton, P. F and Leng, M. J. 2016. Investigating the Indian Monsoon’s variability during the Penultimate Deglaciation and the Last Interglacial Period. Quaternary Research Association Postgraduate Symposium, University of Nottingham.
Kerr, K., Anand, P., Sexton, P. F., Clemens, S. C and Leng, M. J. 2016. Reconstructing Indian Summer Monsoon induced river runoff during Marine Isotope Stage 5. UK-IODP General Meeting, Royal Geographical Society of London.
Kerr, K., Anand, P., Leng, M. J., Clemens, S. C and Sexton, P. D. 2017. A sub-millennial scale record from the Bay of Bengal detailing Indian Summer Monsoon hydroclimate variability from 140-70 ka. Geochemistry Group Research in Progress Meeting, University of Bristol.
Hull, P. M., Bohaty, S. M., Cameron, A., Coxall, H. K., D’haenens, S., De Vleeschouwer, D., Elder, L. E., Friedrich, O., Kerr, K., Turner, S. K., Kordesch, W. E. C., Moriya, K., Norris, R. N., Opdyke, B. N., Penman, D. E., Palike, H., Wilson, P. A., Sexton, P. F., Vahlenkamp, M., Wu, F and Zachos, J. C. 2017. Data report: coarse fraction record for the Eocene megasplice at IODP Sites U1406, U1408, U1409 and U1411. In Norris. R. D., Wilson. P. A., Blum. P and the Expedition 342 Scientists, Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, 342: College Station, TX, (IODP). Doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.342.203.2017.