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Mr. Allan Cochrane

Allan Cochrane

Postgraduate Researcher, PhD Student
Biological & Environmental Science
University of Stirling
FK9 4LA Stirling


  ECN Member

Expertise & Interests

Overview / specialty        Allan Cochrane is a PhD Student, Researcher, at the University of Stirling. His project aims to reconstruct the palaeoclimates of the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition for the Northern Isles of Scotland. He will use chironomid assemblages to infer a quantitative measure of July summer temperatures throughout this time. This will be combined with the use of tephrochronology and radiocarbon dating to create a robust geochronology of each site.

Allan has previously studied Earth Science at the University of Glasgow, where he specialised in palaeoclimatology, paleontology, limnology and geology. During his time here he specialised in the sediment distribution and trophic levels within British lakes. Furthermore, he also studied for a masters degree in Climate Change: managing the marine environment at Heriot-Watt University. His thesis was on 'Ocean Acidification of Cold Water Corals in the North Atlantic'.

Furthermore, Allan was awarded the 2013 Prize Intership with the Geographical & Earth Sciences department at the University of Glasgow. Whilst there he worked at the Biomarkers for Environmental & Climate Science Laboratory (BECS Lab) where he studied the palaeohumidity of the Sierra Nevada mountain range through the Holocene.

Allan has done extensive field work across the globe ranging from the temperate climates of the Scotland to the tropical seas of the Maldives. He has experience in EIA reports, geotechnical assessments, geological mapping and monitoring marine & freshwater environments.
PAGES interests        ECN, PALEOLINK, Aquatic Transitions, CVAS - Climate Variability Across Scales, DAPS, Ocean circulation and carbon - OC3, Peat Carbon - C-PEAT, Pliocene climate variability - PlioVAR, PAGES-PMIP group on Quaternary Interglacials - QUIGS, Speleothems - SISAL, Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society - VICS, Future Earth, World Climate Research Programme, PAGES-endorsed projects, Former WG - Biodiversity Theme, Former WG - Past Interglacials - PIGS, Former WG - Solar Forcing
Topics        Chronology, Climate dynamics, Climate variability, Ecosystem processes, Human impacts & interactions, Modeling, Ocean dynamics, Proxy development, Sea level and coastal processes, Water
Timescales        Future projection, Holocene, Last glacial cycle
Regions        Arctic, Europe, Global, World ocean
Archives        Corals/bivalves, Fluvial deposits, Geomorphology, Ice cores/glaciers, Lake sediments, Model results, Ocean sediments, Peat
Sector        Academia / Education, Outreach/Communication, Research
Discipline        Chronology, Geochemistry, Hydrology, (Micro)paleontology, (Paleo)climatology, (Paleo)ecology, (Paleo)limnology, (Paleo)oceanography, Radiocarbon dating
Computers        ArcGIS, BACON, Bayesian modeling, CLAM, Modeling, R
Laboratory        Geochemistry, Grain-size, Macrofossils, Microfossils (foraminifera, ostracods, etc), Radionuclides, XRF