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Oliver Bazely


Oliver Bazely B.Sc. (Hons) M.Phil.

Cambridge Quaternary
Department of Geography
University of Cambridge
Downing Place
Cambridge CB2 3EN
England, UK

Phone : +44 1223 766525
Fax : +44 1223 333392

Oliver is investigating the climate of the Black Sea from around 50,000 years ago to the present day by analysing a marine sediment core recovered from the SW Black Sea shelf (MD04-2754). The climatic evolution of the region is being reconstructed via multiple climatic proxies including palynological microfossils, isotopic and bulk geochemistry, as well as seismic profiling and sedimentary techniques. The chronology for the core is based on radiocarbon dating and tephrochronology.

Oliver's technical specialisations lie in pollen and dinoflagellate microfossil analysis, tephrochronology, sedimentary characterisation. He is also proficient in many geochemical techniques such as Electron Microprobe Analysis and X-Ray Fluorescence analysis, as well as advanced data handling, graphical and statistical techniques associated with the interpretation of geoscientific information.

Oliver's work in being carried out in collaboration with Dr. Speranta Popescu at the University of Lyon 1 and workers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Oliver is a NERC funded Ph.D student and started this project in October 2004. The project is supervised by Prof. Phil Gibbard from the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Prof. Martin Head of Brock University and Dr. David Pyle of the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford.

Oliver is involved with several side projects including the NERC funded EFCHED project (completed 2007), and an investigation of the Laacher See eruption with Dr. Felix Reide, University College London.

Oliver has been interested in the Quaternary for several years and has recently completed the M.Phil Quaternary Science (2003-2004) in Cambridge (dissertation abstract). Previously he studied palynology and palaeoclimatology, among other subjects, under Prof. Chronis Tzedakis (Leeds) as part of his B.Sc in Geography at the University of Leeds.

Oliver has also developed a palynological database which provides a digital catalogue of images and information regarding pollen, including digital images taken from the extensive Godwin reference collection. Cambridge University Online Palynological Databse (CUPOD)

Conference Papers

Popescu, S-M., Bazely, O., Boroi, S., Sorrel, P., Dalesme, F., Jouannic, G., Head, M.H., Lericollais, G., Çağatay, N., Suc, J-P 2008. Mediterranean-Marmara-Black Seas connections during the last 20 ka: palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in the context of global climate change and regional tectonic setting. 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo. Norway.

Riede, F., Bazely,, O., Wheeler, J. 2008 The eruption of the Laacher See volcano 12,920 BP and its effects on contemporary fauna, flora and human populations – a health hazard perspective. International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior. Reykjavik, Iceland, August 18-22.

Housely, R.H., Allsworth-Jones, P.H., Bazely, O. Burbidge, C.I., Pyle, D.M., Sanderson, D.C.W., McCave, N., van Andel, T.J., 2006 The Middle/Upper Palaeolithic Transition in Southern Russian and the Crimea: new chronological and environmental data. XV Congress of the International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences. Lisbon, Portugal.


Reide, F. & Bazely, O. Testing the 'Laacher See hypothesis': a health hazard perspective. Journal of Archaeological Science. in press.

Burbidge, C.I., Allsworth-Jones, P.H. Housely, R.H., Sanderson, D.C.W., Pyle, D.M., Bazely, O., McCave, N., van Andel, T.J., 2005 Middle Palaeolithic Sites in Russia and Ukraine: Site Summaries and Fieldwork 2004, SUERC, University of Glasgow, Glasgow.