About the Organizers

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Elizabeth Sibert

Elizabeth Sibert is a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, and will be starting as a Hutchinson Fellow at Yale University in the fall. Elizabeth fell in love with the ocean as a kid and never looked back. She studied biology in undergrad, and received her PhD in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2016. Elizabeth uses microfossils, especially tiny fish teeth and shark scales, to study the evolutionary and ecological response of marine consumers to global change, combining her two favorite topics: paleobiology and biological oceanography. In her spare time, Elizabeth can often be found upsidedown in the air as a professional-level circus artist. Elizabeth’s other work includes 3D printing fossils and improving accessibility, access, and inclusion in STEM, particularly geosciences and oceanography.

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Rehemat Bhatia

Rehemat is a Programme Manager at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). At NERC her portfolio primarily comprises of facilitating Discovery Science grant processes (panels and peer review) and supporting on NERC Marine Planning activities. Prior to joining NERC, Rehemat was a postdoc at the University of Bristol (2018-2019), and completed her PhD in 2018 at University College London. Her research focused on using the geochemistry of deep time planktic foraminifera to understand more about their palaeoecologies and responses to dramatic climatic change. Rehemat is The Micropalaeontological Society’s Publicity Officer and an active advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in STEM. She also loves taking part in science outreach activities talking to the public and school/community groups about the awesomeness of earth & ocean sciences and foraminifera.

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Catherine Davis

Catherine Davis is a Donnelley Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University. After abandoning early career ambitions of “time-traveller” Catherine instead turned to micropaleontology and paleoceanography, completing her PhD at the University of California Davis in 2016. Her research focuses on how microfossils record their environment and the use of microfossil and sedimentary records to reconstruct oceanographic changes beyond the instrumental record. Catherine is especially interested in interactions between acidification and deoxygenation in the pelagic ocean and the biosphere, as well as in all things foraminiferal.

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Andy Fraass

Andy is the Vice Chancellor’s Fellow in Earth Science at the University of Bristol. Andy is yet another micropaleontologist, and yes, works with planktic foraminifera. He’s moved around a lot in academia, starting at the University of Wisconsin, then University of Massachusetts (PhD), then the National Museum of Natural History, and finally Sam Houston State University before ending up in Bristol, until he drags his family to Canada next year. He’s interested in Cenozoic and Cretaceous paleoceanography, macro- and microevolution, and stratigraphy. He writes occasionally for Time Scavengers (timescavengers.org). With two kids in lockdown you will likely not see him during talks or you will with a toddler in his lap.

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Chrissy Hall

Chrissy is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Connecticut, having finished her PhD at the University of California Riverside in 2019. Chrissy is broadly interested in how life responded to different environmental changes in the past. She is also a micropaleontologist, but works on Cenozoic ostracodes and also still plays around with the non-microfossil tri-radially symmetric Ediacaran fossils she worked on for her Master’s. Chrissy also really enjoys being involved in geoscience outreach activities, especially at grade schools and community events.

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