Frances Procter


I am a PhD student in the Earth Surface Science Institute, funded by the NERC Panorama DTP.

I am interested in geochemistry and micropalaeontology, and aim primarily to refine methods for Neodimium extraction from foraminifera, to reduce the overall amount of material required for reliable extraction. Reducing the amount of material needed for Nd extraction may enable this radiogenic isotope to be used more efficiently and more frequently as a palaeoceanographic tracer. Refining this method may unlcok Nd signals from masses of collected core material from acorss the oceans, not previously thought possible due to insufficient amounts of foraminiferal material. I am interested in understanding how these Nd analyses can be used to reconstruct past changes in the Atlantic Ocean circulation over the last 20,000 years, and how these changes may help us to understand the changes and challenges we may face under a rapdily changing climate. 


Research interests

  • Geochemistry
  • Micropalaeontology
  • Oceanography


  • BSc Geography and Geology (Industrial) (Hons) - University of Leeds
  • MSc by Research: Physical Geography (Geoforensics) - University of Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • Palaeo@Leeds
  • Cohen Geochemistry
  • Earth Surface Science Institute