Dr Sev Kender

Dr Sev Kender Honorary Researcher, Palaeoclimate and Palaeoenvironment

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3068

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  •  2010 : 2010 Alan Higgins Award
  •  2009 : Shipboard Scientist, IODP Exp. 323, Bering Sea
  •  2008 –current : BGS — Climate Change
  •  2007 : PhD University College London, Department of Earth Sciences
  •  2003 : MSc University College London, Department of Earth Sciences
  •  2001 : BSc University of Leicester, Department of Geology

Current projects and collaboration

Research interests

  • Extensive experience using planktonic and benthic foraminifera for biostratigraphic analysis of deep sea cores and wells over the Cenozoic and Mesozoic
  • Extracting climatic information from deep sea sediments
  • Micropalaeontology, palaeoceanography, palaeoclimatology
  • Specialist in evolutionary and geochemical studies of marine microfossils, and what they tell us about the history of oceanographic and climatic change on Earth
  • Understanding the nature, causes and environmental impacts of major periods of climatic change in earth history. These include rapid global warming and ocean acidification during the Palaeocene/Eocene thermal maximum (~55.5 million years ago), rapid global cooling during the Middle Miocene (~14 million years ago), climate during the Pliocene warm period (~3 million years ago) and long term global cooling during the middle-Pleistocene transition (~1 million years ago). Analyses involve benthic foraminiferal assemblages, foraminiferal and diatom stable oxygen and carbon isotopes, and foraminiferal trace metal ratios as environmental proxies for ocean ecology and chemistry.  

Professional association

Published outputs

Key papers

KENDER, S and KAMINSKI, M A. 2013. Arctic Ocean benthic foraminiferal faunal change associated with the onset of perennial sea ice in the Middle Miocene. Journal of Foraminiferal Research, in press.

KENDER, S, STEPHENSON, M A, RIDING, J B, LENG, M J, KNOX, R W O'B,PECK, V L, KENDRICK, C P, ELLIS, M A, VANE, C H and JAMIESON, R. 2012. Marine and terrestrial environmental changes in NW Europe preceding carbon release at the Paleocene-Eocene transition. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 353-354, 108-120.

RIDING, J B, LENG, M J, KENDER, S, HESSELBO, S P and FEIST-BURKHARDT, S. 2012. Isotopic and palynological evidence for a new Early Jurassic environmental perturbation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, in press.

HOPSON, P, FARRANT, A, WILKINSON, I, WOODS, M, KENDER, S and JEHLE, S. 2011. The lithostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of the Chalk Group (Upper Coniacian to Upper Campanian) at Scratchell’s Bay and Alum Bay, Isle of Wight, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 122, 850-861.

SALZMANN, U, WILLIAMS, M, JOHNSON, A L A, KENDER, S and ZALASIEWCZ, J. 2011. Climate and environment of a Pliocene warm world. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 309, 1-8.

PECK, V L, YU, J, KENDER, S and RIESSELMAN, C. 2010. Shifting ocean carbonate chemistry during the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition: Implications for deep-ocean Mg/Ca paleothermometry. Paleoceanography, 25, PA4219, doi:10.1029/2009PA001906.

EXPEDITION 323 SCIENTISTS, 2009. Bering Sea paleoceanography: Pliocene-Pleistocene paleoceanography and climate history of the Bering Sea. IODP Preliminary Reports, 323. doi:10.2204/ iodp.pr.323.2009.

KAMINSKI, M A, SILYE, L, and KENDER, S. 2009. Miocene Deep-Water Agglutinated Foraminifera from IODP Hole M0002a, Lomonosov Ridge: Faunal Constraints for the Timing of the Opening of the Fram Strait. Micropaleontology, 55: 117-135.

KENDER, S, PECK, V L, JONES, R W, and KAMINSKI, M A. 2009. Middle Miocene oxygen minimum zone expansion offshore West Africa: Evidence for global cooling precursor events. Geology, 37, 699-702.

KENDER, S, KAMINSKI, M A, and JONES, B W. 2008. Early to Middle Miocene Foraminifera from the deep-sea Congo Fan, Offshore Angola. Micropaleontology, 54: 477-568.

KENDER, S, KAMINSKI, M A, and JONES, B W. 2008. Oligocene deep-water agglutinated foraminifera from the Congo Fan, offshore Angola: palaeoenvironments and assemblage distributions. Proceedings of the Seventh International Workshop on Agglutinated Foraminifera KAMINSKI, M.A. and COCCIONI, R. (editors). Grzybowski Foundation Special Publication, 13: 107-156.

KENDER, S, KAMINSKI, M A, and JONES, B W. 2006. Four new species of deep-water agglutinated foraminifera from the Oligocene-Miocene of the Congo Fan (Offshore Angola)Micropaleontology, 52: 465-470.