Matthew Saker-Clark

PhD Student


Twitter: @msakerclark


I am a NERC PhD student (2014-present), funded through the CENTA Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). My PhD is focussed on climatic changes in Morocco during the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event (OAE).

My research focuses on the use of sedimentological, geochemical and stratigraphic techniques to study of the nature and timing of past events of extreme environmental change.

Spatially diverse records of extreme climatic change are key to improving our understanding of changing climate systems, and global response to changing climate. My research seeks to fill gaps in our knowledge related to the spatial variance of dramatic climatic changes in the Mesozoic. This has included the use of high-resolution geochemical analyses to investigate environmental change at the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary (OAE2) in the southern Indian Ocean. My current PhD research integrates geochemical (stable isotope and elemental) and sedimentological data to investigate the nature of Early Jurassic climate change (Toarcian OAE) in Morocco.

Additionally, I have interest in investigating the rate and timing of palaeoenvironmental change through cyclostratigraphic techniques. My current research involves developing the use of handheld XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy) analysis for the development of cyclostratigraphic time-series, and application of this technique to evaluate rates of Early Jurassic environmental change.

MEarthSci Earth Sciences, University of Oxford (2010-2014)

Dr Angela L. Coe, Dr David B. Kemp & Dr Pallavi Anand

Dickson, A.J., Saker‐Clark, M., Jenkyns, H.C., Bottini, C., Erba, E., Russo, F., Gorbanenko, O., Naafs, B.D., Pancost, R.D., Robinson, S.A. and Boorn, S.H., 2016. A Southern Hemisphere record of global trace‐metal drawdown and orbital modulation of organic‐matter burial across the Cenomanian–Turonian boundary (Ocean Drilling Program Site 1138, Kerguelen Plateau). Sedimentology.