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People and Institutions



Scientific coordinator

Elena Roget correu

Web contents manager

Anna Drou correu

People and Institutions

Fabienne Marret




Place of work:

School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool

Professional experience:

1994-1997: Research post-doc, GEOTOP-UQAM (Canada)

1997-1998: Research post-doc, School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales (Bangor), UK.

1998-1999: Research Fellow, GEOTOP-UQAM (Canada).

1999-2005: Research fellow, School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales (Bangor), UK.

2005-2010: Lecturer in Physical Geography (UoL), Liverpool, UK.

2010-present: Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography (UoL), Liverpool, UK, Director of Postgraduate studies and MSc environmental and Climate Change.

Topics of interest:

Palaeoceanography; Late Quaternary; palaeoclimatology; extreme environmnents; marine palynology.

Active research projects:

The Holocene history of the Black Sea.

African monsoon variability during the late Quaternary.

Development of databases (dinocysts) for sea-surface conditions reconstructions and applications.

Representative publications:

Hessler, I., Dupont, L., Bonnefille, R., Behling, H., González, C., Helmens, K.F., Hooghiemstra, H., Lebamba, J., Ledru, M-P., Lézine, A-M., Maley, J., Marret, F. and Vincens A. 2010. Millennial-scale changes in vegetation records from tropical Africa and South America during the last glacial. Quaternary Science Reviews.

Mudie, P.J., Leroy, S.A.G., Marret, F., Gerasimenko, N., Kholeif, S.E.A., Sapelko, T. And Filipova-Marinova, M. Non-Pollen Palynomorphs (NPP). Indicators of Salinity and Environmental Change in the Black Sea-Mediterranean Corridor. In Buynevich, Yanko-Hombach, Smyntyna, Martin (Eds): Black Sea Geology and Geoarchaeology Geological Society of America Books.

Combourieu-Nebout, N., Peyron, O., Dormoy, I., Desprat, S., Beaudouin, C., Kotthoff, U. and Marret, F. Rapid climatic variability in the west Mediterranean during the last 25 000 years from high resolution pollen data. Climate of the Past 5: 503-521.

Marret F and So-Young K (2009) Operculodinium aguinawense sp. nov., a dinoflagellate cyst from the Late Pleistocene and recent sediments of the east equatorial Atlantic Ocean. Palynology vol 33: 125-139.

Mertens, K.N., Verhoeven, K., Verleye, T., Louwye, S., Amorim, A., Ribeiro, S., Deaf, A.S., Harding, I.C., De Schepper, S., González, C., Kodrans-Nsiah, M., De Vernal, A., Henry, M., Radi, T., Dybkjaer, K., Poulsen, N.E., Feist-Burkhardt, S., Chitolie, J., Heilmann-Clausen, C., Londeix, L., Turon, J.-L., Marret, F., Matthiessen, J., McCarthy, F.M.G., Prasad, V., Pospelova, V., Kyffin Hughes, J.E., Riding, J.B., Rochon, A., Sangiorgi, F., Welters, N., Sinclair, N., Thun, C., Soliman, A.s , Van Nieuwenhove, N., Vink, A. and Young, M. (2009). Determining the absolute abundance of dinoflagellate cysts in recent marine sediments: The Lycopodium marker-grain method put to the test. Marine Micropaleontology (online).

Pienkowsi-Furze A., Marret, F., Thomas D. N., Scourse J., Dieckmann G.S. and Lewis J Dinoflagellates in a fast-ice covered inlet of the Riiser-Larsen Ice Shelf (Weddell Sea). Polar Biology, 1-13.

Bouimetarhan, I., Marret, F., Dupont, L. M. and Zonneveld, K. A. F. (2009). Dinoflagellate cyst distribution in marine surface sediments off West Africa (17 - 6°N) in relation to sea-surface conditions, freshwater input and seasonal coastal upwelling. Marine Micropaleontology 71(3-4): 113-130.

Marret, F., Mudie, P. J., Aksu, A.and Hiscott, R. N. (2009). A Holocene dinocyst record of a two-step transformation of the Neoeuxinian brackish water lake into the Black Sea. Quaternary International 197: 72-86.

Mertens, K. N., Ribeiro, S., Bouimetarhan, I., Caner, H., Combourieu Nebout, N., Dale, B., De Vernal, A., Ellegaard, M., Filipova, M., Godhe, A., Goubert, E., Grosfjeld, K., Holzwarth, U., Kotthoff, U., Leroy, S. A. G., Londeix, L., Marret, F., Matsuoka, K., Mudie, P. J., Naudts, L., Penìƒa-Manjarrez, J. L., Persson, A., Popescu, S. M., Pospelova, V., Sangiorgi, F., Van Der Meer, M. T. J., Vink, A., Zonneveld, K. A. F., Vercauteren, D., Vlassenbroeck, J.and Louwye, S. (2009). Process length variation in cysts of a dinoflagellate, Lingulodinium machaerophorum, in surface sediments: Investigating its potential as salinity proxy. Marine Micropaleontology 70: 54-69.

Waelbroeck, C., Paul, A., Kucera, M., Rosell-Melé, A., Weinelt, M., Schneider, R., Mix, A. C., Abelmann, A., Armand, L., Bard, E., Barker, S., Barrows, T. T., Benway, H., Cacho, I., Chen, M. T., Cortijo, E., Crosta, X., De Vernal, A., Dokken, T., Duprat, J., Elderfield, H., Eynaud, F., Gersonde, R., Hayes, A., Henry, M., Hillaire-Marcel, C., Huang, C.-C., Jansen, E., Juggins, S., Kallel, N., Kiefer, T., Kienast, M., Labeyrie, Leclaire, H.-L., Londeix, L., Mangin, S., Matthiessen, J., Marret, F., Meland, M., Morey, A. E., Mulitza, S., Pflaumann, U., Pisias, N. G., Radi, T., Rochon, A., Rohling, E. J., Sbaffi, L., Schäfer-Neth, C., Solignac, S., Spero, H., Tachikawa, K.and Turon, J.-L. (2009). Constraints on the magnitude and patterns of ocean cooling at the Last Glacial Maximum. Nature Geosciences 2: 127-132.

Marret F., Scourse J., Kennedy H., Ufkes E. and Jansen F. 2008. Marine Production in the Congo-influenced SE Atlantic over the past 30 000 years: a novel dinoflagellate-cyst based transfer function approach.Marine Micropaleontology 68: 198-222.

Penaud A., Eynaud F., Turon J.L., Zaragosi, S.. Marret F., Bourillet J.F. (2008). Interglacial variability (MIS 5 and MIS 7) and dinoflagellate cyst assemblages in the Bay of Biscay (North Atlantic). Marine Micropaleontology 68: 136-155.

Leroy S.A.G, Marret F., Gibert E., Chalié F. and Reyss J.L. (2007). River inflow and salinity changes in the Caspian Sea during the last 5500 years. Quaternary Science review 26(25-28), 3359-3383.

Hiscott R.N., Aksu A.E., Mudie P.J., Marret F., Abrajano T., Kaminski M.A., Evans J., Cakiroglu A., Yasar D., (2007). A gradual drowning of the southwestern Black Sea shelf: evidence for a progressive rather than abrupt Holocene reconnection with the eastern Mediterranean Sea through the Marmara Sea Gateway. Quaternary International 167-168: 19-34.

Mudie, P. J., Marret, F., Aksu, A. E., Hiscott, R. N.andGillespie, H. (2007). Palynological evidence for climatic change, anthropogenic activity and outflow of Black Sea Water during the late Pleistocene and Holocene: centennial- to decadal-scale records from the Black and Marmara Seas Quaternary International 167-168: 73-90.

Dupont L., Behling H., Jahns S., Marret F., and Kim J-H., (2007). Variability in glacial and Holocene marine pollen records offshore west southern Africa. Veg. Hist. Bot. 16(2-3), 87-100.

Eiriksson, J., Bartels-Jónsdóttir, H., Cage, A., Gudmundsdóttir, E., Klitgaard-Kristensen, D., Marret, F., Rodrigues, T., Abrantes, F., Austin, W., Jiang, H., Knudsen, K., Sejrup, H., (2006). Variability of the North Atlantic Current during the last 2000 years based on shelf bottom water and sea surface temperatures along an open ocean shallow marine transect in western Europe. The Holocene. vol 16 issue 7, 1012-1024.

Leroy S. A. G., Marret F., Giralt S. and Bulatov S. A., (2006). Natural and anthropogenic rapid changes in the Kara-Bogaz Gol over the last two centuries by palynological analyses. Quaternary International, 150(1), 52-70.

Hooghiemstra H., Lézine A-M., Leroy S., Dupont L. and Marret F., (2006). Late Quaternary palynology in marine sediments: a synthesis of the understanding of pollen distribution patterns in the NW African setting. Quaternary International 148(1), 29-44.

Marret, F., Maley, J. and Scourse, J., (2006). Climatic instability in west equatorial Africa during the Mid- and Late Holocene. Quaternary International 150(1), 71-81.

Scourse J., Marret F., Versteegh G.J.M., Jansen J.H.F., Schefuβ E. and van der Plicht J. (2005). High-resolution last deglaciation record from the Congo fan reveals significance of mangrove pollen and biomarkers as indicators of shelf transgression. Quaternary Research 64, 57-69.

De Vernal A., Eynaud F., Henry M., Hillaire-Marcel C., Londeix L., Mangin S., Matthiessen J., Marret F., Radi T., Rochon A., Solignac S., Turon J.-L. (2005). Reconstruction of sea-surface conditions at middle to high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) based on dinoflagellate cyst assemblages. Quaternary Science Review 24(7-9), 897-924.