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Prof Marcelle Boudagher-Fadel
2 Taviton Street
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  • Professorial Research Associate
  • Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation and Global Engagement)
  • President and Provost

I studied for my first degree in Lebanon, and came to the UK in 1980. I studied at UCL for my MSc and graduated from UCL with a PhD in 1986. I then worked for a year as a PDRF and Curator of the MSc Micropalaeontology Collection in the UCL Dept Geology before taking a family career break.

In 1993 I was awarded a Royal Society Daphne Jackson Fellowship, which I held at UCL and that allowed me to return to research in a part-time capacity. From 1996 to 2005 I worked in UCL as a PDRF and held an Honorary Lectureship in the Department of Earth Sciences. In 2005 I was employed as a part-time Editorial Assistant for Elsevier’s Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters. In 2007 I was appointed as a Senior Research Associate working with Prof David Price in his Office of Vice-Provost for Research, and was promoted to Principal Research Associate in 2009.

My research is internationally recognised. My book on larger benthic foraminifera was being sold for over £7000 on Amazon as it is currently out of stock and I have not written the second edition yet. This has prompted an Arabic television channel to ask me for an hour interview in which I promoted UCL, Micropalaeontology and oil exploration.  The second edition of my planktonic foraminifera book has been downloaded over 3859 times in less than 2 years.

My collaboration with many UK and overseas institutions resulted in a large and varied list of publications, all of them could not have been done without the biostratigraphic data I provided (see publication list). I also help UK students (e.g. UCL, Royal Holloway, Imperial College, Cambridge University, etc.) and from many overseas countries (e.g., Malaysia, Iran, Genève, France, USA, Greece, etc.. ) in their projects (see the list of my research interest). I have collaborated in many UK and international archaeological studies (see Reference list) helping to date ancient ports and mosaic.

I am a co-investigator (with PI Xiumian Hu) on a project titled“Cretaceous sedimentary evolution of the Cuoqin-Baingoin basin, Lhasa bolock and its tectonic setting”, which was rewarded a grant of one million Chinese Yuan for a period 2015.01-2018.12 from the National Nature Science Foundation of China . In this project, an integrated study of the stratigraphy, sedimentology, micropaleontology, petrology, detrital single mineral geochemistry and geochronology investigates the tectonic evolution and uplift history of the Tibetan plateau prior to the India-Asia collision which is still poorly understood (see References).

I am a co-investigator on a multi-disciplinary GAARAnti project. This project is to unravel couplings between deep Earth processes and biological evolutionary phenomena through an innovative and original multi-disciplinary approach combining Earth and Life Sciences.

I am a co-investigator on a multi-disciplinary project on Reading past sea-level rises and high-stands from “farfield” archives in the Western Indian Ocean: REEFCORES.

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I am a micropalaeontologist, with expertise in both planktonic and larger benthic foraminifera. I have used larger benthic foraminifera extensively in the Far and Middle East for biostratigraphical, palaeoceanographical and palaeoclimatological applications. I have also dated archaeological sites and old mosaics using the foraminifera embedded in the clay or carbonates.

My research into the evolution of the stratigraphically valuable Early Mesozoic planktonic foraminifera has provided new information concerning early planktonic foraminifera distribution. I co-authored a book titled “Early Evolutionary History of Planktonic Foraminifera”, which is copiously-illustrated and brings together re-evaluations of the phylogeny, distribution, biostratigraphy, palaeoecology and palaeoenvironmental significance of Mesozoic planktonic foraminifera of central and western Tethys and adjacent seas (Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaidzhan, Tunisia, North Sea, Caribbean). It contains the first summation of all the published taxa known from the Jurassic and Early Cretaceous, and as such constitutes an invaluable reference for micropalaeontologists and biostratigraphers.

My book (Evolution and Geological Significance of Larger Benthic Foraminifera) is a major compilation of all data on the larger benthic foraminifera. It provides the first general synthesis of this entire group of geologically significant microfossils and brings together, for the first time, information on all the described genera of larger benthic foraminifera; from Carboniferous to Recent. Their taxonomy is reviewed and clarified, and illustrated using type specimens of many species as deposited in museums and university collections. Their evolution and ecological significance is explained and their geographical and temporal distribution is analysed in terms of global events. Range charts are provided for all of the genera, as for the most important species. This is the first book to collate all known information on the evolution and distribution of the larger benthic foraminifera. Extensively illustrated with over 100 high-quality plates, this work will be an invaluable reference for all micropalaeontologists and biostratigraphers in industry and in academia throughout the world. The second edition of this book is now extensively revised and published by UCL Press as Open Access.

The first edition of my book (Biostratigraphic and Geological Significance of Planktonic Foraminifera) was published in 2012. It provides a systematic and comprehensive study of the planktonic foraminifera. It unifies and revises existing biostratigraphic schemes, and provides an improved global correlation description that links regional biogeographies and extinction events. It presents an analysis of existing data on fossil planktonic foraminifera genera and their phylogenetic evolution in time and space. It establishes their systematic development from Jurassic to Recent taxa, in order to improve biostratigraphic resolution and define a planktonic foraminiferal scheme which is tied to the time-scale of Gradstein et al. (2014).  It is the first book to synthesise all biostratigraphic and paleoenvironmental data for significant planktonic foraminifera genera and species. It includes a discussion of the recent advances being enabled by molecular studies of living forms. The second edition of this book is available as e-book Biostratigraphic and Geological Significance of Planktonic Foraminifera and provides Following the great success of making it available freely online (over 3840 copies were downloaded in less than two years), an updated second  edition is being published by UCL Press and will be out in October 2015.

Teaching Summary

14 years experience of Lecturing on Micropalaeontology MSc at UCL (biostratigraphy, palaeoenvironments and phylogenetic evolution)

Supervision and co-supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD projects on all aspects of foraminifera as biostratigraphical and palaeoenvironmental indicators.

Directing and conducting laboratory techniques (in preparing and analysing core and rock samples for palaeontological studies).

General lectures in micropalaeontology applied to biostratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental change in time on MSc course in Lebanese University, American University, Lebanon, and Université de Provence, France.

Delivering short and tailored courses for industry (Robertson, Shell, etc.).

Delivering short and tailored lectured for institutions (Royal Holloway, UK, Lebanese University, Lebanon, etc.)

01-FEB-2019 Academic Editor Marine Micropaleontology Earth Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
26-MAY-2016 Editorial Board Member Jacobs Journal of Earth Science Earth Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
2016 Professorial Research Fellow OVPR UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2012 Academic Editor Journal of Paleontology Earth Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2009 – 15-JUN-2016 Principal Research Fello Earth Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 – 30-AUG-2007 Editorial Assistant, Earth and Planetary Science Letters Earth Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1999 – 30-AUG-2005 Honorary Lecturer in Micropaleontology Earth Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1996 – 30-AUG-1999 Research Associate in the University of London collaborative Earth Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1993 – 30-AUG-1996 Royal Society Daphne Jackson Fellowship Earth Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1992 – 30-AUG-1993 Part-time NERC grant Earth Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1985   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1982   Master of Science University College London
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