School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences


[Tom Russon]Tom Russon        

I am a paleoclimatologist. The relatively short period of directly observed climate variability inherently limits current ability to quantitatively predict future change. My principle interests lie in reconstructing and understanding modes of low-latitude ocean/atmosphere variability over the past few million years, on time-scales ranging from the inter-annual to the orbital. Within this field, I have particular interests in the factors controlling long-term (decadal, centennial, millennial and orbital time-scale) variability in the ENSO phenomenon and the global impacts of changes in this system on those time-scales. In order to achieve this, I work with both geochemical proxy records in a variety of media and the output from models spanning a range of complexities.

Russon, T., et al. (in review), The Mid-Pleistocene Transition in subtropical Pacific climate, Paleoceanography.
Russon, T., et al. (2010a), Enhanced Inter-hemispheric Asymmetry in the Early Pleistocene Pacific Warm Pool, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L11601.
Russon, T., et al. (2010b), Potential Origins of 400-500kyr Periodicities in the Ocean Carbon Cycle: A Box Model Approach, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 24, GB2013.
Russon, T., et al. (2009), Middle-Late Pleistocene Deep Water Circulation in the Southwest Subtropical Pacific, Paleoceanography, 24, PA4205.

2010 – 2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate - School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK
Project: Variability in the El-Niño Southern Oscillation on adaptation-relevant time-scales
PIs: Prof. Sandy Tudhope, Prof. Gabi Hegerl

2006 – 2010 PhD - School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK
Thesis title: The Paleoceanography of the southern Coral Sea across the Mid-Pleistocene Transition
Supervisors: Dr. Mary Elliot, Prof. Sandy Tudhope, Dr. Guy Cabioch (IRD), Dr. Thierry Corrège (Bordeaux), Dr. Patrick de Deckker (ANU)
Funding: Natural Environment Research Council Blue Skies PhD studentship

2008 Research Project - Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE/IPSL), France
Project title: The origin of 400-500kyr carbon-cycle peridocities: a box-modelling approach
Supervisor: Dr. Didier Paillard
Funding: Entente Cordiale Bursary (UK/French government)