School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences


Stephen Francavilla

PhD Graduate

Professional experience

(2010 - present) Corporate Finance, FirstEnergy Capital LLP, London, UK

(2008 - 2010) Treasury Analyst, European Treasury, ConocoPhillips, London, UK

(2007 - 2008) Private Equity Analyst (Mining and Oil & Gas), Ernst & Young LLP, London, UK

(2006) Summer internship, New Energy Finance, London, UK

Academic background

(2007 - 2010) Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), UK

(2003 - 2007) PhD - School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, UK

(1999 - 2003) BSc (Hons) - 1st class - Environmental Geoscience, University of Edinburgh, UK

(1996 - 1999) Diploma di Maturita' Scientifica, Scuola Navale Militare "F. Morosini", Venezia, ITALY


PhD Project Title:

Denitrification and Phosphogenesis in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific: Glacial-Interglacial and Millennial-scale variability

A synopsis of the PhD project can be found here


Paleoclimatology, Chemical Oceanography and Millennial- to Centennial-Scale Climate Change


Dr Raja Ganeshram

Dr Mary Elliot

Tehuantepec wind

Some of the questions we are trying to answer...

How did the Earth's climate change throughout the last 100,000 years?

How were phophate-rich layers deposited at shallow depths in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific?

How did marine ecosystems and carbon sequestration change in response to a warming/cooling climate?

How do marine records of climate change in the tropics compare with records from Greenland ice cores?

These questions are evaluated by looking at sediments from the ocean floor. More specifically, the PhD reasearch looked at how any changes in the chemical composition of sediments from the eastern Pacific (western Mexico) may reflect past changes in the Earth's climate.

Satellite photo showing chlorophill concentrations in the Gulf of Tehuantepec,
Mexico, following a gap wind. Source of image:

Contact details

Stephen Francavilla
School of Geosciences
Grant Institute
West Mains Road