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Prof David Thornalley
Pearson Building Rm 112
Dept of Geography, University College London
Gower Street
Tel: +44 20 7679 0506
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  • Professor of Ocean and Climate Science
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS


Lecturer, University College London (2013-present)

Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2011-2013)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cardiff University (2008-2011)

PhD University of Cambridge (2008)
MSci, MA University of Cambridge (2004)

Research Themes
Research Summary
I am interested in understanding the causes and mechanisms of climate change on decadal to millennial timescales. I use a range of sedimentary and geochemical proxies in marine sediment cores, with a particular emphasis on reconstructing past changes in the circulation of the North Atlantic.
Teaching Summary

Postgraduate courses

  • GEOGG130: Climate Dynamics  (MSc; co-taught with Chris Brierley)
  • GEOGG095: Ocean Circulation and Climate Change (MSc; convenor)

And contributions to:

  • GEOGG135: Biological Indicators of Environmental Change (MSc)
  • GEOGG136: Non-biological Indicators of Environmental Change (MSc students)

Undergraduate courses

  • GEOG3067: Palaeoclimate (3rd yr; co-taught with Jonathan Holmes)

And contributions to:

  • GEOG1002: Environmental Systems (1st yr)


In 2015 I was awarded a UCL Student Choice Outstanding Teacher Award

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