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Dr Christina Riesselman

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Office Marine Science: 310 Castle Street, room 150, Geology: room GN1
Tel Marine Science +64 3 479 5732, 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.

I am also a member of the Coastal People: Southern Skies collaboration that connects communities with world-leading, cross-discipline research to rebuild coastal ecosystems.
Coastal People: Southern Skies

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

Courses

Postgraduate students

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

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Publications

Perkins, E. J., Gorman, A. R., Tidey, E. J., Wilson, G. S., Ohneiser, C., Moy, C. M., Riesselman, C. R., Gilmer, G., & Ross, B. S. (2020). High-resolution seismic imaging reveals infill history of a submerged Quaternary fjord system in the subantarctic Auckland Islands, New Zealand. Quaternary Research, 93(1), 255-266. doi: 10.1017/qua.2019.58

Ohneiser, C., Yoo, K.-C., Albot, O. B., Cortese, G., Riesselman, C., Lee, J. I., … Bollen, M., … Beltran, C., … Wilson, G. S. (2019). Magneto-biostratigraphic age models for Pleistocene sedimentary records from the Ross Sea. Global & Planetary Change, 176, 36-49. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.02.013

Wilson, D. J., Bertram, R. A., Needham, E. F., van der Flierdt, T., Welsh, K. J., McKay, R. M., … Riesselman, C. R., … Escutia, C. (2018). Ice loss from the East Antarctic Ice Sheet during late Pleistocene interglacials. Nature, 561, 383-386. doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0501-8

Taylor-Silva, B. I., & Riesselman, C. R. (2018). Polar frontal migration in the warm late Pliocene: Diatom evidence from the Wilkes Land margin, East Antarctica. Paleoceanography & Paleoclimatology, 33(1), 76-92. doi: 10.1002/2017PA003225

Bertram, R. A., Wilson, D. J., van de Flierdt, T., McKay, R. M., Patterson, M. O., Jimenez-Espejo, F. J., … Duke, G. C., Taylor-Silva, B. I., & Riesselman, C. R. (2018). Pliocene deglacial event timelines and the biogeochemical response offshore Wilkes Subglacial Basin, East Antarctica. Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 494, 109-116. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.04.054

Perkins, E. J., Gorman, A. R., Tidey, E. J., Wilson, G. S., Ohneiser, C., Moy, C. M., Riesselman, C. R., Gilmer, G., & Ross, B. S. (2020). High-resolution seismic imaging reveals infill history of a submerged Quaternary fjord system in the subantarctic Auckland Islands, New Zealand. Quaternary Research, 93(1), 255-266. doi: 10.1017/qua.2019.58

Journal - Research Article

Ohneiser, C., Yoo, K.-C., Albot, O. B., Cortese, G., Riesselman, C., Lee, J. I., … Bollen, M., … Beltran, C., … Wilson, G. S. (2019). Magneto-biostratigraphic age models for Pleistocene sedimentary records from the Ross Sea. Global & Planetary Change, 176, 36-49. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.02.013

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Wilson, D. J., Bertram, R. A., Needham, E. F., van der Flierdt, T., Welsh, K. J., McKay, R. M., … Riesselman, C. R., … Escutia, C. (2018). Ice loss from the East Antarctic Ice Sheet during late Pleistocene interglacials. Nature, 561, 383-386. doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0501-8

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Taylor-Silva, B. I., & Riesselman, C. R. (2018). Polar frontal migration in the warm late Pliocene: Diatom evidence from the Wilkes Land margin, East Antarctica. Paleoceanography & Paleoclimatology, 33(1), 76-92. doi: 10.1002/2017PA003225

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Bertram, R. A., Wilson, D. J., van de Flierdt, T., McKay, R. M., Patterson, M. O., Jimenez-Espejo, F. J., … Duke, G. C., Taylor-Silva, B. I., & Riesselman, C. R. (2018). Pliocene deglacial event timelines and the biogeochemical response offshore Wilkes Subglacial Basin, East Antarctica. Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 494, 109-116. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.04.054

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Anderson, H. J., Moy, C. M., Vandergoes, M. J., Nichols, J. E., Riesselman, C. R., & Van Hale, R. (2018). Southern Hemisphere westerly wind influence on southern New Zealand hydrology during the Lateglacial and Holocene. Journal of Quaternary Science, 33(6), 689-701. doi: 10.1002/jqs.3045

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Pettinger, V., Martin, C. E., & Riesselman, C. R. (2018). Sources and downstream variation of surface water chemistry in the dammed Waitaki catchment, South Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 61(2), 207-218. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2018.1465985

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Browne, I. M., Moy, C. M., Riesselman, C. R., Neil, H. L., Curtin, L. G., Gorman, A. R., & Wilson, G. S. (2017). Late Holocene intensification of the westerly winds at the subantarctic Auckland Islands (51° S), New Zealand. Climate of the Past, 13(10), 1301-1322. doi: 10.5194/cp-13-1301-2017

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Levy, R., Harwood, D., Florindo, F., Sangiorgi, F., Tripati, R., von Eynatten, H., … and SMS Science Team, including Ohneiser, C., Riesselman, C., & Wilson, G. (2016). Antarctic ice sheet sensitivity to atmospheric CO2 variations in the early to mid-Miocene. PNAS, 113(13), 3453-3458. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1516030113

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Dlabola, E. K., Wilson, G. S., Gorman, A. R., Riesselman, C. R., & Moy, C. M. (2015). A post-glacial relative sea-level curve from Fiordland, New Zealand. Global & Planetary Change, 131, 104-114. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.05.010

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Patterson, M. O., McKay, R., Naish, T., Escutia, C., Jimenez-Espejo, F. J., Raymo, M. E., … and IODP Expedition 318 Scientists, including Riesselman, C. R. (2014). Orbital forcing of the East Antarctic ice sheet during the Pliocene and Early Pleistocene. Nature Geoscience, 7(11), 841-847. doi: 10.1038/ngeo2273

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Riesselman, C. R., & 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

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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

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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

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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

Journal - Research Other

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

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Bijl, P. K., Bendle, J. A. P., Bohaty, S. M., Pross, J., Schouten, S., Tauxe, L., … Expedition 318 Scientists, including Riesselman, C. (2013). Eocene cooling linked to early flow across the Tasmanian Gateway. PNAS, 110(24), 9645-9650. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1220872110

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Houben, A. J. P., Bijl, P. K., Pross, J., Bohaty, S. M., Passchier, S., Stickley, C. E., … Expedition 318 Scientists, including Riesselman, C. (2013). Reorganization of Southern Ocean plankton ecosystem at the onset of Antarctic glaciation. Science, 340(6130), 341-344. doi: 10.1126/science.1223646

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Passchier, S., Browne, G., Field, B., Fielding, C. R., Krissek, L. A., Panter, K., … and ANDRILL-SMS Science Team, including Ohneiser, C., Palin, M., Riesselman, C., & Wilson, G. (2011). Early and middle Miocene Antarctic glacial history from the sedimentary facies distribution in the AND-2A drill hole, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 123(11-12), 2352-2365. doi: 10.1130/B30334.1

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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

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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

Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Frank, T. D., Gui, Z., and the ANDRILL SMS Science Team, including Ohneiser, C., Palin, M., Riesselman, C., & Wilson, G. (2010). Cryogenic origin for brine in the subsurface of southern McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Geology, 38(7), 587-590. doi: 10.1130/G30849.1

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

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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