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Previous Projects: Palaeoelevation

The elevation of past land surface remains one of the great geological unknowns yet such data are vital for the development of accurate paleoclimate models, plant and animal evolution and constraining the uplift history of major mountains and plateaus. Our research in this area focused on the development of new proxies to estimate the elevation of past land surfaces using fossil plants. We are currently focusing our studies to estimate the palaeoelevation of the Northern Sierra Nevada mountains, California, in the Miocene. We rely on an inverse relationship between leaf stomatal density and CO2 partial pressure to estimate palaeoelevation.


UCD Plant Palaeoecology and Palaeobiology Group Updated: July 2013
Professor J.C. McElwain