Charlotte E. Green

Charlotte E. Green


Undergraduate degree

MSci Geology and Physical Geography at The University of Birmingham, 4th year project titled: The causes and mechanisms of the Kuzulu landslide (Sivas, North East Turkey) and the short-term geomorphological evolution of the environment.

Postgraduate degree

MSc by Research in Volcanology at Durham University, thesis titled: Investigating the origin of a Greenland ice core geochemical anomaly near the Bølling-Allerød/Younger Dryas boundary.

Research interests

Volcanology, climate science, geochemistry, natural hazards

Work experience

Field Assistant on the BGS G-Base project


Two years’ employment as a Geologist in the contaminated land sector at an environmental consultancy

Charlotte E. Green

Geosciences, Resources and Environmental Risk

Royal Holloway, University of London, Department of Earth Sciences

PhD title: The role of volcanism in the genesis of Early Cenozoic global warming events.

Rapid global warming events known as “hyperthermals” are characteristic of the early Cenozoic era (~60-52 Ma), but their cause is unknown.

One hypothesis is that they were catalysed by volcanism associated with the North Atlantic Igneous Province (NAIP) in the period ~60-50 Ma. The volcanism delivered CO2 to the atmosphere either through: i) direct outgassing or ii) thermal alteration of organic-rich rocks by magmatic intrusions. This link has already been investigated for the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), but the relationship between magmatic intrusions, thermogenic CO2 release and hyperthermals is untested.

To investigate this link, this project will use utilise marine sediment cores, testing for: i) osmium (Os) isotopes to trace the geochemical fingerprint of volcanic-derived Os on ocean chemistry and ii) mercury to reconstruct NAIP volcanic history. The findings of the project can be applied to interpreting the relationship between CO2-forcing and temperature change, and thus climate sensitivity. This will help to understand the causes and consequences of rapid global warming events, which is important to understand modern climate and future change.


  • European Geophysical Union (EGU) 2019; Vienna, Austria


Celebrate Science and Schools’ Science Festival at Durham University