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A series of 50 minute lectures, followed by discussion, on the broad topic of environmental evolution, climate, ecological and human change during the Quaternary (the last ~2.6 million years). The lectures are aimed at a broad audience (including geoscientists, glaciologists, environmental scientists, atmospheric chemists, biologists, anthropologists and archaeologists).

Seminars are usually held on Thursdays starting at 17:30 in Clare College in the Thirkill Room (far left corner of first court) or the Latimer Room (on the left in the first court).

Wine is usually served after the talks and there is time for discussion over drinks and/or dinner after the seminar, which should last approximately 1 hour. The meetings are currently organised by Rachael Rhodes (rhr34@cam.ac.uk; Godwin Laboratory for Palaeoclimate Research, Department of Earth Sciences), and Della Murton (dkf20@cam.ac.uk; Department of Zoology). Please feel free to contact the organisers with queries and suggestions.

A map showing the position of Clare College is available at http://www.clare.cam.ac.uk/Maps-and-Directions/

Please remember to check regularly for updates.

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4 upcoming talks and 67 talks in the archive.

North Atlantic variability and its link to European climate and history over the last 3000 years

Quaternary Discussion Group seminar

UserPaola Moffa Sanchez, Cardiff University.

HouseLatimer Room (Old Court), Clare College, Trinity Lane.

ClockThursday 30 November 2017, 17:30-18:30

Climatic controls on peatland carbon accumulation during the last millennium

UserAngela Gallego-Sala, University of Exeter.

HouseLatimer Room (Old Court), Clare College, Trinity Lane.

ClockThursday 16 November 2017, 17:30-18:30

Volcanic eruptions, climate and humans: How lessons from the past can help us to prepare for the future

UserMichael Sigl, Paul Scherrer Institut & Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern.

HouseLatimer Room (Old Court), Clare College, Trinity Lane.

ClockThursday 19 October 2017, 17:30-18:30

MIS 7, the "Ebbsfleet Interglacial": sub-stage structure and recognition in the UK record

UserFrancis Wenban-Smith, Archaeology, University of Southampton.

HouseLatimer Room (Old Court), Clare College, Trinity Lane.

ClockThursday 23 February 2017, 17:30-18:30

Modelling the Last Glacial-Interglacial Cycle: How sensitive are past climates?

UserPaul Valdes, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.

HouseLatimer Room (Old Court), Clare College, Trinity Lane.

ClockThursday 09 February 2017, 17:30-18:30

Late Quaternary tephrostratigraphies from East African lakes

UserChristine Lane, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

HouseLatimer Room (Old Court), Clare College, Trinity Lane.

ClockThursday 26 January 2017, 17:30-18:30

Archaeological insights into the 8.2 ka event

UserLucy Farr, University of Cambridge.

HouseLatimer Room (Old Court), Clare College, Trinity Lane.

ClockThursday 10 November 2016, 17:30-18:30

Large CO2 emissions from pre-industrial land use change – Does the carbon budget add up?

UserBenjamin Stocker. Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London.

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 12 May 2016, 17:30-18:30

A formal subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch

UserMike Walker, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, Trinity Saint David, University of Wales, Lampeter, and Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University.

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 05 May 2016, 17:30-18:30

Ice sheet, atmosphere, and ocean dynamics in the Atlantic sector of Antarctica – past reconstruction and future course.

UserMichael Weber (Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Cologne).

HouseLatimer Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 25 February 2016, 17:30-18:30

Climate and Society: Examples of the climate impact on civilizations

UserSebastian Breitenbacher (Earth Sciences Department, University of Cambridge).

HouseLatimer Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 03 December 2015, 17:30-18:30

Using the Land-Ocean Transition to understand coastal landscapes

UserMark Bateman (Department of Geography, University of Sheffield).

HouseLatimer Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 19 November 2015, 17:30-18:30

Landscape Retreat and 'Jumping': Late Prehistoric Fenland Environmental Adaption/Response

UserChristopher Evans (Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge).

HouseLatimer Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 05 November 2015, 17:30-18:30

The last 1000 years in East Antarctica: insights from a new temperature proxy.

UserAnais Orsi, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Gif-sur-Yvette (France).

HouseCripps Meeting Room 4, Cripps Court Building, Chesterton Road, Magdalene College.

ClockThursday 15 October 2015, 17:30-18:30

Boron isotopes as pH proxy: a critical evaluation

UserDr. Sambuddha Misra (Godwin Laboratory for Palaeoclimate Research, Earth Sciences Department, University of Cambridge).

HouseCripps Meeting Room 3, Cripps Court Building, Chesterton Road, Magdalene College.

ClockThursday 14 May 2015, 17:30-18:30

Retreat of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet; landforms, sediments, dates and the BRITICE-CHRONO project

UserProf Chris D. Clark, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield (UK).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 05 March 2015, 17:30-18:30

New DNA approaches to understanding Late-Quaternary and recent biodiversity changes – potential and problems

UserProf Mary E. Edwards, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Southampton (UK).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 19 February 2015, 17:30-18:30

El Niño and El Padre: a deep equatorial Pacific thermocline during the Pliocene warm period

UserDr. Heather Ford (Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University) .

HouseCripps Meeting Room 4, Cripps Court Building, Chesterton Road, Magdalene College.

ClockThursday 29 January 2015, 17:30-18:30

The North American deglaciation: linking rapid climate change, ice sheet retreat and sea level rises

UserDr Lauren Gregoire (School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds).

HouseLatimer Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 14 November 2014, 17:30-18:30

Changes in the Global Carbon Cycle over the last 800,000 years - an ice core perspective

UserProf Dr Hubertus Fischer (Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 06 November 2014, 17:30-18:30

Top-down and bottom-up evidence for the early anthropogenic hypothesis

UserProf Bill Ruddiman (Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, US).

HouseTilley Lecture Theatre, Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Street.

ClockWednesday 22 October 2014, 16:00-17:00

Fracking the fjords: Earthquakes and glacial erosion, with some additional thoughts about stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

People should be aware that 7th July is Tour de France day, but we hope things will have become accessible by 5.00 pm.

UserProfessor Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geoscience, Penn State University, USA.

HouseTilley Lecture Theatre, Department of Earth Sciences.

ClockMonday 07 July 2014, 17:00-18:30

Benthic foraminiferal assemblages as proxies of paleoceanographic changes across Pleistocene glacial terminations in the NE Atlantic

CHANGE OF DATE: now on Wednesday Nov. 27th

UserDr. Patrick Grunert (U. of Graz, Austria).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockWednesday 27 November 2013, 17:00-18:30

Interglacials of the last 800,000 years

UserProf. Eric Wolff (Dept. of Earth Sciences, Cambridge).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 07 November 2013, 17:00-18:30

The paleoceanography frontier: proxies, new technologies and novel questions

Note unusual time

UserProf. Howard J. Spero (University of California).

HouseLatimer Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 24 October 2013, 16:00-18:00

Taking a closer look at the last glacial sediments

Canceled

UserDr. Maryline Vautravers (Cambridge).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 17 October 2013, 17:00-18:30

Evidence for enhanced Antarctic climate variability during the last interglacial period

UserDr. Katy Pol (British Antarctic Survey).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 14 March 2013, 17:15-18:30

The Bytham river story - key evidence for understanding pre-glacial environmental change and early human occupance in Britain

UserProf. James Rose (Dept. of Geography, Royal Holloway U. of London).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 21 February 2013, 17:00-18:30

Testing the Bytham river hypothesis

UserProf. Philip Gibbard (Dept. of Geography, U. of Cambridge).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 21 February 2013, 17:00-18:30

Modern human adaptations to Pleistocene rainforest: the archaeology of the Niah Caves, Sarawak, Borneo

UserProf. Graeme Barker (McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research, U. of Cambridge).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 24 January 2013, 17:00-18:30

The release of d14 C and d18 O-depleted water from the Arctic Ocean upon glacial termination

UserDr. David Thornalley (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockThursday 10 January 2013, 17:00-18:30

New estimates of tropical ice age temperature

UserDr Anna-Lena Grauel (Dept. of Earth Sciences, Cambridge).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 30 November 2012, 17:00-18:30

Using nitrogen isotopes to constrain the age of the air extracted from antarctic ice cores

Please note change of speaker

UserDr Emilie Capron (BAS).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 23 November 2012, 17:00-18:30

Precipitation changes in the Amazon Basin during the last 240 ka

UserDr Aline Govin (MARUM, Bremen).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 09 November 2012, 17:00-18:30

Carbon isotopes and glacial-interglacial CO2: the curious case of Marine Isotope Stage 12

UserDr Natalia Vazquez-Riveiros (Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 18 May 2012, 17:00-18:30

The Moravian Gate project: new insights into the human food quest in Stage 3 Central Europe

UserProf. Martin Jones (Archaeology, University of Cambridge).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 11 May 2012, 17:00-18:30

A bipolar seesaw in Atlantic deep-water ventilation: Wally was right

UserDr Luke Skinner (Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge.

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 04 May 2012, 17:00-18:30

Quaternary palaeoclimate changes from the margins of the Indian Thar Desert

UserProf. Hema Achyuthan (Anna University, Chennai).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 27 April 2012, 17:00-18:30

Lessons from the High Arctic: new results from late Quaternary studies in Nordaustlandet, Svalbard

UserProf. Veli-Pekka Salonen (Dept. of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, and Visiting fellow at Clare Hall).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 24 February 2012, 17:00-18:30

Role of the Tropical Pacific in Millennial-Scale Climate Events

UserDr Aleksey Sadekov (Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room 3, Cripps Court, Magdalene College.

ClockFriday 02 December 2011, 17:00-18:30

Traces of the Baltic Ice Lake drainage in the northern Baltic Sea and southern Finland

UserOuti Hyttinen (Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, FInland).

HouseSeminar Room 3, Cripps Court, Magdalene College.

ClockFriday 18 November 2011, 17:00-18:30

Evolution of ocean temperature and ice volume from the Mid Pleistocene Climate Transition

UserProfessor Harry Elderfield (Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 04 November 2011, 17:00-18:30

New insights on old questions concerning Quaternary northern hemisphere glaciation

UserDr Ian Bailey (School of Ocean & Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockWednesday 26 October 2011, 17:00-18:30

A special set of QDG talks

UserDr Axel TImmermann (SOEST, University of Hawai'i, USA); Dr Jess Adkins (CALTECH, USA).

HouseLatimer Room, Clare College.

ClockTuesday 31 May 2011, 17:00-18:30

Quaternary glaciation in the Mediterranean mountains: new results from North Africa and the Balkans

UserDr Phillip Hughes, The University of Manchester.

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 18 February 2011, 17:00-18:30

The History of Quaternary Research at Cambridge University

UserRichard West (Professor emeritus, Cambridge University, Clare College).

HouseThirkill Room, Clare College.

ClockFriday 11 June 2010, 17:00-18:30

The carbon cycle during the Pleistocene

UserPeter Koehler (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany).

HouseLloyd Room, Christ's College.

ClockFriday 30 January 2009, 17:15-18:30

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