Adam Woodhouse


Extinction rates are currently at their highest for 66 million years and are rising at an unprecedented rate. Oceanic ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to rapid environmental change, which is compounded by our lack of knowledge regarding the evolutionary history of many marine groups.

Planktonic foraminifera are marine, free-living, amoeboid protozoa widely distributed throughout the modern oceans which exhibit an extensive fossil record dating back to the late Triassic period. Modern planktonic foraminifera exhibit vertical stratification throughout the upper portion of the water column, wherein distinct morphological and ecological adaptations permit their occupation within distinct latitudes, trophic conditions and oceanic layers.

By employing a multidisciplinary approach to geochemical, morphometric and biogeographical modelling, the planktonic foraminiferal fossil record of the Neogene period (23 million years ago to the present day) will be analysed for extinction indicators such as changes in ecology, morphology, abundance or geographic range that can be used to predict present-day and future extinction.

The project aims to provide the most detailed and comprehensive analysis of extinction risk in a marine group to date, and subsequently provide a means to determine which present-day species and marine ecosystems are under the highest risk of extinction through anthropogenic climate change.

NERC DTP 42644

UK-IODP Post cruise research grant - Hikurangi Trough late Pleistocene palaeoceanography, biostratigraphy and Cretaceous Ocean Anoxic Events (OAEs)

Research interests

I have an interest in the ecology, extinction and evolution of the planktonic foraminifera and their association with the develop of of climate and palaeoceanography through the Mesozoic and Cenozoic.

I have taxonomic and biostratigraphic experience with planktonic foraminifera from the Late Cretaceous to the Recent, and operated as a foraminiferal micropalaeontologist onboard IODP Expedition 375 to the Hikurangi Subduction Margin.


Fenton, I.S., Baranowski, U., Boscolo-Galazzo, F., Cheales, H., Kerr, K., King, D., Larkin, C., Latas, M., Liebrand, D., Miller, G., Piga, E., Pugh, H., Remmelzwaal, S., Roseby, Z., Smith, Y.M., Stukins, S., Taylor, B., Woodhouse, A.D., Worne, S., Fox, L., Pearson, P.N., Poole, C., Wade, B.S., and Purvis, A. (2018) Factors affecting consistency and accuracy in identifying modern macroperforate planktonic foraminifera. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 37, 431-443.


  • 2016 - Present: PhD Micropalaeontology (University of Leeds)
  • 2015 - 2016: MSc Applied and Petroleum Micropalaeontology (University of Birmingham)
  • 2012 - 2015: BSc (Hons) Palaeontology (University of Portsmouth)