Matt Sutton


I am interested in the interaction of environmental and biological change over all timescales. The geological record offers us a means of observing the impact of ancient climate change on organisms – lessons which can teach us about the future response of life to anthropogenic change over the coming centuries.


My current research investigates marine food web dynamics across the warm and cold periods of the 3 million years. I am aiming to create the first high-resolution quantitative comparison of phytoplankton and fish populations during this interval, and use this data to simulate future fish stocks under different future climate change scenarios.


I completed my undergraduate degree (Master’s in Earth Sciences) at the University of Oxford, looking into ecological selectivity during marine extinction events in the Mesozoic. My DPhil is funded through a NERC studentship.