Simon Dhaenens, Ph.D
Mailing address: PO Box 208109, New Haven CT 06520-8109
Street address: 210 Whitney Ave., New Haven CT 06511
I’m a micropaleontologist by training, specialized in early Paleogene deep-sea benthic foraminifera (ecology, taxonomy). The last couple of years I have mainly focused on transient global warming events in the early Eocene, called hyperthermals, and how they have affected oceanographic properties and marine ecosystems on short-and long-term time scales in the North Atlantic.
Here at Yale, I’m working with Pincelli Hull on defining marine ecosystem sensitivity and climate variability in a middle Eocene greenhouse world context. Not only does this effort serve a function in inferring the role of ecosystem change in relation to global climate change, it also serves its purpose in the study of the global carbon cycle. Understanding the interactions of biologically mediated processes (e.g. primary productivity, export and remineralization of organic matter) in the Eocene oceans may aid in constraining the dynamics of the global carbon cycle under different climatic regimes.
I’m also currently involved in the Eocene Stable Isotope Consortium (ESIC), an international effort to detail the paleoceanographic evolution of the Eocene North Atlantic Ocean and to help generate a refined geological time scale. Other active interests of mine are short-to long-term climate events in the early Paleogene (i.e. PETM, ETM2 and MECO) and the evolution and ecology of deep-sea benthic and micro- and macroperforate planktic foraminifera.