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Dr Christina Riesselman

Contact DetailsChristinaRiesselman

Office: (Marine Science) 310 Castle Street, room 105, (Geology) room GN1
Tel: (Marine Science) 64 3 479-5621, (Geology) 64 3 479-7505
Email: christina.riesselman@otago.ac.nz

Academic Qualifications

BA (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
PhD (Stanford University)

Research Interests

  • Cenozoic paleoceanography and paleoclimate
  • Antarctic climate evolution
  • Micropaleontology (diatoms)
  • Geochemical proxies of paleoenvironmental change

I am a paleoceanographer with a focus on Southern Ocean response to changing climate. My research uses stable isotope geochemistry and diatom micropaleontology in marine sediments to examine the evolution of the Antarctic cryosphere through the Cenozoic. In support of these aims, I also participate in collaborative investigations into the modern controls on phytoplankton community structure. This modern-process research underscores the role of biogenic marine sedimentation as a uniquely sensitive recorder of past conditions, both geochemically and from an assemblage-based perspective.

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Photo Caption: Examining the sediment-water interface aboard the RVIB Nathanial B. Palmer. Credit: R. Stevens

Courses

  • EAOS111 Earth and Ocean Science (course coordinator)
  • MARI 112 Global Marine Systems
  • GEOL 262/362 Geochemistry
  • GEOL 302 Independent Field Studies
  • OCEN 301 Practical and Field Oceanography
  • OCEN 323 Marine Geology and Geophysics (course coordinator)
  • GEOL 427 Paleobiodiversity, Paleooceanography and Stratigraphy
  • MARI 431 Antarctic Marine Biology

Postgraduate Students

Jacob Anderson - Thesis Title (PhD): Determining Antarctica’s terrestrial climate history from microbial populations in permafrost

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Publications

Cook, C. P., van de Flierdt, T., Williams, T., Hemming, S. R., Iwai, M., Kobayashi, M., … Riesselman, C., … and IODP Expedition 318 Scientists. (2013). Dynamic behaviour of the East Antarctic ice sheet during Pliocene warmth. Nature Geoscience, 6(9), 765-769. doi: 10.1038/ngeo1889

Riesselman, C., & Dunbar, R. B. (2013). Diatom evidence for the onset of Pliocene cooling from AND-1B, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 369, 136-153. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.10.014

McKay, R., Naish, T., Carter, L., Riesselman, C., Dunbar, R., Sjunneskog, C., … Powell, R. D. (2012). Antarctic and Southern Ocean influences on Late Pliocene global cooling. PNAS, 109(17), 6423-6428. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1112248109

Sjunneskog, C., Riesselman, C., Winter, D., & Scherer, R. (2012). Fragilariopsis diatom evolution in Pliocene and Pleistocene Antarctic shelf sediments. Micropaleontology, 58(3), 273-289.

Dowsett, H. J., Robinson, M. M., Haywood, A. M., Hill, D. J., Dolan, A. M., Stoll, D. K., … Riesselman, C. R. (2012). Assessing confidence in Pliocene sea surface temperatures to evaluate predictive models. Nature Climate Change, 2(5), 365-371. doi: 10.1038/nclimate1455

Journal - Research Article

Cook, C. P., van de Flierdt, T., Williams, T., Hemming, S. R., Iwai, M., Kobayashi, M., … Riesselman, C., … and IODP Expedition 318 Scientists. (2013). Dynamic behaviour of the East Antarctic ice sheet during Pliocene warmth. Nature Geoscience, 6(9), 765-769. doi: 10.1038/ngeo1889

Dowsett, H. J., Foley, K. M., Stoll, D. K., Chandler, M. A., Sohl, L. E., Bentsen, M., … Riesselman, C., … Zhang, Z. (2013). Sea surface temperature of the mid-piacenzian ocean: A data-model comparison. Scientific Reports, 3. doi: 10.1038/srep02013

Riesselman, C., & Dunbar, R. B. (2013). Diatom evidence for the onset of Pliocene cooling from AND-1B, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 369, 136-153. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.10.014

Stocchi, P., Escutia, C., Houben, A. J. P., Vermeersen, B. L. A., Bijl, P. K., Brinkhuis, H., … and IODP Expedition 318 Scientists, including Riesselman, C. (2013). Relative sea-level rise around East Antarctica during Oligocene glaciation. Nature Geoscience, 6(5), 380-384. doi: 10.1038/NGEO1783

Wilson, G. S., Levy, R. H., Naish, T. R., Powell, R. D., Florindo, F., Ohneiser, C., … Riesselman, C., … Wise, S. (2012). Neogene tectonic and climatic evolution of the Western Ross Sea, Antarctica: Chronology of events from the AND-1B drill hole. Global & Planetary Change, 96-97, 189-203. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2012.05.019

Winter, D., Sjunneskog, C., Scherer, R., Maffioli, P., Riesselman, C., & Harwood, D. (2012). Pliocene-Pleistocene diatom biostratigraphy of nearshore Antarctica from the AND-1B drillcore, McMurdo Sound. Global & Planetary Change, 96-97, 59-74. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2010.04.004

Dowsett, H. J., Robinson, M. M., Haywood, A. M., Hill, D. J., Dolan, A. M., Stoll, D. K., … Riesselman, C. R. (2012). Assessing confidence in Pliocene sea surface temperatures to evaluate predictive models. Nature Climate Change, 2(5), 365-371. doi: 10.1038/nclimate1455

McKay, R., Naish, T., Carter, L., Riesselman, C., Dunbar, R., Sjunneskog, C., … Powell, R. D. (2012). Antarctic and Southern Ocean influences on Late Pliocene global cooling. PNAS, 109(17), 6423-6428. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1112248109

Pross, J., Contreras, L., Bijl, P. K., Greenwood, D. R., Bohaty, S. M., Schouten, S., … and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 318 Scientists, including Riesselman, C. R. (2012). Persistent near-tropical warmth on the Antarctic continent during the early Eocene epoch. Nature, 487(7409), 73-77. doi: 10.1038/nature11300

Riesselman, C. R. (2012). Fragilariopsis tigris sp. nov.: A new late Pliocene Antarctic continental shelf diatom with biostratigraphic promise. Micropaleontology, 58(4), 367-376.

Sjunneskog, C., Riesselman, C., Winter, D., & Scherer, R. (2012). Fragilariopsis diatom evolution in Pliocene and Pleistocene Antarctic shelf sediments. Micropaleontology, 58(3), 273-289.

Tauxe, L., Stickley, C. E., Sugisaki, S., Bijl, P. K., Bohaty, S. M., Brinkhuis, H., … Riesselman, C. R., … Yamane, M. (2012). Chronostratigraphic framework for the IODP Expedition 318 cores from the Wilkes Land Margin: Constraints for paleoceanographic reconstruction. Paleoceanography, 27(2), PA2214. doi: 10.1029/2012PA002308

Escutia, C., Brinkhuis, H., Klaus, A., and the IODP Expedition 318 Scientists, including Riesselman, C. (2011). IODP Expedition 318: From greenhouse to icehouse at the Wilkes Land Antarctic margin. Scientific Drilling, (12), 15-23. doi: 10.2204/iodp.sd.12.02.2011

Peck, V. L., Yu, J., Kender, S., & Riesselman, C. R. (2010). Shifting ocean carbonate chemistry during the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition: Implications for deep-ocean Mg/Ca paleothermometry. Paleoceanography, 25(4), PA4219. doi: 10.1029/2009PA001906

Naish, T., Powell, R., Levy, R., Wilson, G., Scherer, R., Talarico, F., … Ohneiser, C., … Riesselman, C., … Williams, T. (2009). Obliquity-paced pliocene west antarctic ice sheet oscillations. Nature, 458(7236), 322-328. doi: 10.1038/nature07867

Taviani, M., Hannah, M., Harwood, D. M., Ishman, S. E., Johnson, K., Olney, M., Riesselman, C., … and the ANDRILL-SMS Science Team. (2008-2009). Palaeontological characterisation and analysis of the AND-2A core, ANDRILL Southern McMurdo Sound Project, Antarctica. Terra Antartica, 15(1-2), 113-146.

Tortell, P. D., Payne, C. D., Li, Y., Trimborn, S., Rost, B., Smith, W. O., Riesselman, C., … DiTullio, G. R. (2008). CO2 sensitivity of Southern Ocean phytoplankton. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L04605. doi: 10.1029/2007GL032583

Acton, G., Crampton, J., Di Vincenzo, G., Fielding, C. R., Florindo, F., Hannah, M., … Ohneiser, C., … Riesselman, C., … Wilson, G. S., … and the ANDRILL-SMS Science Team. (2008-2009). Preliminary integrated chronostratigraphy of the AND-2A core, ANDRILL Southern McMurdo Sound Project, Antarctica. Terra Antartica, 15(1-2), 211-220.

Bertrand, E. M., Saito, M. A., Rose, J. M., Riesselman, C. R., Lohan, M. C., Noble, A. E., … DiTullio, G. R. (2007). Vitamin B12 and iron colimitation of phytoplankton growth in the Ross Sea. Limnology & Oceanography, 52(3), 1079-1093. doi: 10.4319/lo.2007.52.3.1079

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Journal - Research Other

Dowsett, H. J., Robinson, M. M., Stoll, D. K., Foley, K. M., Johnson, A. L. A., Williams, M., & Riesselman, C. (2013). The PRISM (Pliocene palaeoclimate) reconstruction: Time for a paradigm shift. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 371(2001), 20120524. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2012.0524

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Riesselman, C. R., Dunbar, R. B., Mucciarone, D. A., & Kitasei, S. S. (2007). High resolution stable isotope and carbonate variability during the early Oligocene climate transition: Walvis Ridge (ODP Site 1263). In A. K. Cooper, P. Barrett, H. Staff, B. Storey, E. Stump, W. Wise & the 10th ISAES Editorial Team (Eds.), Antarctica: A Keystone in a Changing World: Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. doi: 10.3133/of2007-1047.srp095

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Expedition 318 Scientists, including Riesselman, C. (2010). Wilkes Land glacial history: Cenozoic east Antarctic ice sheet evolution from Wilkes Land margin sediments [Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 318 Preliminary Report]. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International. 101p. doi: 10.2204/iodp.pr.318.2010

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