Dr Isabel Fenton

Dr Isabel Fenton

Postdoctoral Researcher, NERC Forams

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Diversity and Informatics Division
Contact: email
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Purvis Lab

Adriana De PalmaAndrew Purvis, Isabel Fenton, Victoria Burton

Specialisms

Planktonic foraminifera; Macroevolution; Macroecology

Summary

I am a Postdoctoral researcher at the NHM studying the evolution of planktonic foraminifera. With one of the best fossil records, these organisms provide an ideal study system for identifying how species and communities evolved. I am focussing on the Neogene (the last 23 million years) to look for evidence of adaptive zones. In my PhD I studied how planktonic foraminiferal diversity responded to the cooling event that occurred through the Eocene (50-34 million years ago).

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Imperial College London / Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2011 - 2015

MSc, Imperial College London / Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011

MSci, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2006 - 2010

Employment history

Academic

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2015 - ongoing

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2015 - 2015

Grants

Are adaptive zones important in macroevolution?
Role: Principal investigatorPurvis A
Funding: NERC
Total value £409,442 (to Museum £369,434)
Dates: 2015 - 2018

Other projects

Microfossil macroevolution
Role: Researcher
Funding: Museum development
Dates: 2015 - on going.

Memberships

Member, British Ecological Society, London, 2011 - on going.

Member, The Micropalaeontological Society, London, 2011 - on going.

Member, The Geological Society, London, 2008 - on going.

Reviewer / referee

Publications

Ecology & Evolution, (Journal), Anonymous peer review, 2011 - on going.

Events

Conference Attendance

Attendee/participant, What is Macroecology?, (Symposium),

Attendee/participant, 53rd Annual Meeting of The Palaeontological Association, (Conference), 2009 - 2009.

Attendee/participant, Third International Palaeontological Congress, (Conference), 2010 - 2010.

Attendee/participant, The Micropalaeontological Society Annual General Meeting, (Conference), 2012 - 2012.

Attendee/participant, British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, (Conference), 2012 - 2012.

Attendee/participant, Annual Meeting of the Macroecological Society SIG, (Conference), 2013 - 2013.

Attendee/participant, 11th INTECOL Congress, Ecology: Into the next 100 years, (Conference), 2013 - 2013.

Attendee/participant, Identifying the regulators of biodiversity in deep time, (Symposium), 2014 - 2014.

Attendee/participant, Descent into the Icehouse, (Conference), 2014 - 2014.

Workshop Attendance

Facilitator, Software Carpentry Bootcamp, (Workshop),

Attendee/participant, Workshop, Morphometrics10, (Workshop),

Invited participant, Workshop, Integrating approaches to macroevolution: combining fossils and phylogenies, (Workshop),

Organisation

Challenges in Macroecology: Scaling the Time Barrier, (Conference), 2014 - 2014.

Organising committee, Challenges in Macroecology – Scaling the Time Barrier, (Symposium),

Publications

Fenton IS, Husum K, Purvis A, Darling K (2016) Testing for facultative asexuality in Neogloboquadrina pachyderma: comparing prolocular volume of dextral and sinistral specimens from NanoCT scans. Presented at The Micropalaeontological Society AGM 2016.

Fenton IS, Pearson PN, Dunkley JonesT, Purvis A (2016) Environmental Predictors of Diversity in Recent Planktonic Foraminifera as Recorded in Marine Sediments. PLOS ONE, 11 (11) : e0165522 - e0165522. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165522

Fenton IS, Pearson PN, Dunkley JonesT, Farnsworth A, Lunt DJ, Markwick P, Purvis A (2016) The impact of Cenozoic cooling on assemblage diversity in planktonic foraminifera. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371 (1691) : 20150224 - 20150224. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0224

Fenton IS (2016) Environmental controls on planktonic foraminiferal diversity in ancient and modern oceans. PhD Thesis. (Supervisor(s)) Purvis A, Pearson PN, Dunkley Jones T.

Supervision

Doctorate (PhD) Lead supervisor to Fenton IS
Co supervisor(s): Pearson PN
Environmental controls on planktonic foraminiferal diversity in ancient and modern oceans (Isabel Fenton PhD thesis)
Imperial College London, London
Funding: NERC
1/10/2011 - 30/9/2015.

Awards

Student travel grant, The Micropalaeontological Society,

Student travel grant,

Student travel grant,

Student travel grant, Imperial College London,

Student travel grant, British Ecological Society,

Invited and keynote speaker

Deep Time Macroecology in Planktonic Foraminifera, Annual Meeting of the Macroecological Society SIG: 7/7/2016.

Invited speaker, The impact of Cenozoic cooling on the diversity of planktonic foraminifera, Palaeoclimate & Geochemistry seminar: 4/2/2016.

Spatio-temporal distribution of community age in planktonic foraminifera, Evolution 2015: 28/6/2015.

Invited speaker, The impact of Cenozoic cooling on the diversity of two microfossil clades, Identifying the regulators of biodiversity in deep time: University of São Paulo, 24/6/2015.

The impact of Cenozoic cooling on the diversity of planktonic foraminifera, Oceans and Climate seminar: University of Edinburgh, 31/3/2015.

Spatio-temporal correlation of different facets of diversity, The Micropalaeontological Society AGM: University of Oxford, 20/11/2014.

The impact of Cenozoic cooling on the diversity of planktonic foraminifera, Co-evolution of Life & the Planet: Geological Society, London, 6/11/2014.

The impact of Cenozoic cooling on the diversity of planktonic foraminifera, London Palaeoclimate Group: 28/10/2014.

Keynote speaker, Controls on local and global biodiversity, Identifying the regulators of biodiversity in deep time: FAPESP/University of Southampton, Southampton, 11/9/2014.

Planktonic foraminiferal diversity in deep time, Annual Meeting of the Macroecological Society SIG: University of Nottingham, 8/7/2014.

Eocene diversity gradients in macroperforate planktonic foraminifera, Climate and Biotic Events of the Paleogene 2014: Ferrara, 4/7/2014.

Eocene diversity gradients in macroperforate planktonic foraminifera, Foraminifera and Nannofossil Groups Joint Spring Meeting: NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, 24/6/2014.

Modelling diversity in planktonic foraminifera, Challenges in Macroecology – Scaling the Time Barrier: 1/4/2014.

Understanding diversity gradients in planktonic foraminifera, NHM Students' Association Annual Conference: Natural History Museum, London, 25/3/2014.

Modelling diversity in planktonic foraminifera, The Micropalaeontological Society AGM 2013: Natural History Museum, London, 19/11/2013.

Modelling diversity in planktonic foraminifera, 24/6/2013.

Measuring and mapping diversity of coretop macroperforate planktonic foraminifera, Foraminifera and Nannofossil Groups Joint Meeting: University of Edinburgh, 21/6/2012.

Introduction

Summary

I am a Postdoctoral researcher at the NHM studying the evolution of planktonic foraminifera. With one of the best fossil records, these organisms provide an ideal study system for identifying how species and communities evolved. I am focussing on the Neogene (the last 23 million years) to look for evidence of adaptive zones. In my PhD I studied how planktonic foraminiferal diversity responded to the cooling event that occurred through the Eocene (50-34 million years ago).

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Imperial College London / Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2011 - 2015

MSc, Imperial College London / Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011

MSci, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2006 - 2010

Employment history

Academic

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2015 - ongoing

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2015 - 2015

Projects

Grants

Are adaptive zones important in macroevolution?
Role: Principal investigatorPurvis A
Funding: NERC
Total value £409,442 (to Museum £369,434)
Dates: 2015 - 2018

Other projects

Microfossil macroevolution
Role: Researcher
Funding: Museum development
Dates: 2015 - on going.

Professional activities

Memberships

Member, British Ecological Society, London, 2011 - on going.

Member, The Micropalaeontological Society, London, 2011 - on going.

Member, The Geological Society, London, 2008 - on going.

Reviewer / referee

Publications

Ecology & Evolution, (Journal), Anonymous peer review, 2011 - on going.

Events

Conference Attendance

Attendee/participant, What is Macroecology?, (Symposium),

Attendee/participant, 53rd Annual Meeting of The Palaeontological Association, (Conference), 2009 - 2009.

Attendee/participant, Third International Palaeontological Congress, (Conference), 2010 - 2010.

Attendee/participant, The Micropalaeontological Society Annual General Meeting, (Conference), 2012 - 2012.

Attendee/participant, British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, (Conference), 2012 - 2012.

Attendee/participant, Annual Meeting of the Macroecological Society SIG, (Conference), 2013 - 2013.

Attendee/participant, 11th INTECOL Congress, Ecology: Into the next 100 years, (Conference), 2013 - 2013.

Attendee/participant, Identifying the regulators of biodiversity in deep time, (Symposium), 2014 - 2014.

Attendee/participant, Descent into the Icehouse, (Conference), 2014 - 2014.

Workshop Attendance

Facilitator, Software Carpentry Bootcamp, (Workshop),

Attendee/participant, Workshop, Morphometrics10, (Workshop),

Invited participant, Workshop, Integrating approaches to macroevolution: combining fossils and phylogenies, (Workshop),

Organisation

Challenges in Macroecology: Scaling the Time Barrier, (Conference), 2014 - 2014.

Organising committee, Challenges in Macroecology – Scaling the Time Barrier, (Symposium),

Publications

Publications

Fenton IS, Husum K, Purvis A, Darling K (2016) Testing for facultative asexuality in Neogloboquadrina pachyderma: comparing prolocular volume of dextral and sinistral specimens from NanoCT scans. Presented at The Micropalaeontological Society AGM 2016.

Fenton IS, Pearson PN, Dunkley JonesT, Purvis A (2016) Environmental Predictors of Diversity in Recent Planktonic Foraminifera as Recorded in Marine Sediments. PLOS ONE, 11 (11) : e0165522 - e0165522. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165522

Fenton IS, Pearson PN, Dunkley JonesT, Farnsworth A, Lunt DJ, Markwick P, Purvis A (2016) The impact of Cenozoic cooling on assemblage diversity in planktonic foraminifera. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371 (1691) : 20150224 - 20150224. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0224

Fenton IS (2016) Environmental controls on planktonic foraminiferal diversity in ancient and modern oceans. PhD Thesis. (Supervisor(s)) Purvis A, Pearson PN, Dunkley Jones T.

Teaching and students

Supervision

Doctorate (PhD) Lead supervisor to Fenton IS
Co supervisor(s): Pearson PN
Environmental controls on planktonic foraminiferal diversity in ancient and modern oceans (Isabel Fenton PhD thesis)
Imperial College London, London
Funding: NERC
1/10/2011 - 30/9/2015.

Impact and outreach

Awards

Student travel grant, The Micropalaeontological Society,

Student travel grant,

Student travel grant,

Student travel grant, Imperial College London,

Student travel grant, British Ecological Society,

Invited and keynote speaker

Deep Time Macroecology in Planktonic Foraminifera, Annual Meeting of the Macroecological Society SIG: 7/7/2016.

Invited speaker, The impact of Cenozoic cooling on the diversity of planktonic foraminifera, Palaeoclimate & Geochemistry seminar: 4/2/2016.

Spatio-temporal distribution of community age in planktonic foraminifera, Evolution 2015: 28/6/2015.

Invited speaker, The impact of Cenozoic cooling on the diversity of two microfossil clades, Identifying the regulators of biodiversity in deep time: University of São Paulo, 24/6/2015.

The impact of Cenozoic cooling on the diversity of planktonic foraminifera, Oceans and Climate seminar: University of Edinburgh, 31/3/2015.

Spatio-temporal correlation of different facets of diversity, The Micropalaeontological Society AGM: University of Oxford, 20/11/2014.

The impact of Cenozoic cooling on the diversity of planktonic foraminifera, Co-evolution of Life & the Planet: Geological Society, London, 6/11/2014.

The impact of Cenozoic cooling on the diversity of planktonic foraminifera, London Palaeoclimate Group: 28/10/2014.

Keynote speaker, Controls on local and global biodiversity, Identifying the regulators of biodiversity in deep time: FAPESP/University of Southampton, Southampton, 11/9/2014.

Planktonic foraminiferal diversity in deep time, Annual Meeting of the Macroecological Society SIG: University of Nottingham, 8/7/2014.

Eocene diversity gradients in macroperforate planktonic foraminifera, Climate and Biotic Events of the Paleogene 2014: Ferrara, 4/7/2014.

Eocene diversity gradients in macroperforate planktonic foraminifera, Foraminifera and Nannofossil Groups Joint Spring Meeting: NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, 24/6/2014.

Modelling diversity in planktonic foraminifera, Challenges in Macroecology – Scaling the Time Barrier: 1/4/2014.

Understanding diversity gradients in planktonic foraminifera, NHM Students' Association Annual Conference: Natural History Museum, London, 25/3/2014.

Modelling diversity in planktonic foraminifera, The Micropalaeontological Society AGM 2013: Natural History Museum, London, 19/11/2013.

Modelling diversity in planktonic foraminifera, 24/6/2013.

Measuring and mapping diversity of coretop macroperforate planktonic foraminifera, Foraminifera and Nannofossil Groups Joint Meeting: University of Edinburgh, 21/6/2012.