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Phil Jardine

I'm currently doing a PhD at the University of Birmingham, studying fossil pollen from the southern U.S.A. As any one who suffers from hay fever will know, plants produce pollen in huge quantities, and we can use this record to study changes in vegetation through time. The pollen record I'm looking extends from 60 to 45 million years ago, when global climates were much hotter and tropical forests extended into North America. I want to know how these plant communities responded to climatic changes, and what this might tell us about the impacts of future climate change on modern tropical rainforests.

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