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Amanda Porter (

Porter photoFunding body: ERC

Amanda Porter graduated in UCD with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular biology in 2010. In 2011 she completed a master in Evolution Biology at UCD under the direction of Dr. Jennifer McElwain. Her master thesis was focused on the study of fossil plants from the late Triassic, specifically at the Carnian-Norian boundary. In this project morphological characteristics such as stomatal density were used to estimate atmospheric CO2 levels. After her master Amanda worked for a year in UCD as a research assistant.

Amanda is currently a PhD student at UCD funded by ERC. Amanda’s project is focused on the pace and magnitude of atmospheric CO2 change leading out of the Carboniferous-Permian glaciations.  She is accomplishing this by using the stomatal proxy method on fossil leaf cuticles of this time period and by doing plant growth/soil experiments under simulated climate conditions. The aim of this project is to help us to understand the effects of abiotic factors on the robustness of the stomatal proxy method and the effect atmospheric composition has on leaf/soil stable isotopes geochemistry.   Ultimately the project will enable us to understand our current climate change.


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