Dr Tracy Aze

Profile

I joined the University of Leeds in 2014 as a lecturer in marine micropalaeontology.

I obtained my PhD from Cardiff University in 2011 before undertaking a post doctoral research position in Cardiff (2011) and a research fellowship at the University of Oxford (2013). 

Responsibilities

  • Programme Manager BSc Environmental Science

Research interests

My research is at the interface of palaeobiology and palaeoclimatology. Using the marine plankton fossil record I investigate evolutionary trends, the interactions between species and the response of organisms to environmental change. Current research projects include, determining the factors that influence extinction risk during the Cenozoic (65 million years to the present day), investigating palaeoclimate evolution on the Uraguayn margin, testing conservation metrics against the fossil record and using the fossil record to predict areas of refugia for future global communities.

I am also interested in the public understanding of major marine science issues; in particular, plastic pollution, ocean acidification and increasing ocean temperatures. Each year I run a number of undergraduate dissertation topics aimed at collating a timeseries dataset of the awareness of these issues.

Current grants

PI Hikurangi Trough Late Pleistocene palaeoceanography, biostratigraphy and Cretaceous Ocean Anoxia Events (NE/S008853/1)

Co-PI Does developmental plasticity influence speciation (NE/P019145/1)

Co-PI Refugia of Futures Past - White Rose Collaboration Fund

 

Research projects

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Qualifications

  • PhD Micropalaeontology and Palaeoclimatology
  • MRes Global Environmental Change
  • BSc Geological Sciences

Professional memberships

  • The Micropalaeontological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Editor PALAIOS

Student education

I am programme manager for BSc/MEnv Environmental Sciences. I deliver teaching and module leadership across a range of modules facing palaeontology and ocean sciences across both Environmental Sciences and Geological Sciences. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have been nominated for the University of Leeds Partnership Awards in the "Inspirational Teaching" catagory.

Research groups and institutes

  • Earth Surface Science Institute
  • Cohen Geochemistry

Current postgraduate research students

Postgraduate research opportunities

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