Welcome to Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Research Fellows
Welcome to Dr Romain Tartese and Dr David Legg who begin their Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Research Fellowhips this month. These fellowships support outstanding scientists and engineers at an early stage in their academic careers.
Romain is a joint STFC Ernest Rutherford / Kathleen Ollerenshaw Research Fellow and will work on a project aimed at characterising the origin and transfer of water in the early Solar System. He obtained his PhD in Dec. 2011 at the University of Rennes (France), where he worked on the petro-geochemistry of Carboniferous granites emplaced along the Variscan South Armorican Shear Zone. He then spent 3 years (Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2014) at the Open University in Milton Keynes working as a PDRA on developing secondary ion mass spectrometry protocols to analyse the abundance of water trapped in phosphate minerals in lunar basalts brought back by the Apollo missions, and constrain the origin of indigenous lunar water based on the H isotope composition of that water. In January 2015 he moved back to France, at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, where he worked as a PDRA for a couple of years on a project aimed at reconstructing the temperature at the surface of the Earth during Archean times from precise analysis of the O isotope composition of early-life remnants.
David will be exploring the utility of novel phylogenetic techniques for exploring the relationshipship of modern arthropods, and their application to conservation efforts and biomedical research. He undertook his PhD at Imperial College London, during which he studied the importance of fossil data for understanding the relationships of modern arthropods. In 2013, he began a fellowship at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, aimed at determining the mode and tempo of arthropod evolution with an emphasis on how past extinction and biodiversification events could be used to understand the impact of recent environmental perturbations on living forms.