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Professor Maureen E. Raymo

Maureen Raymo

Maureen Raymo was the first female recipient of the Wollaston Medal, the Society’s most senior medal.  She is an outstandingly creative scientist who has been setting the agenda in the study of the history of the ocean, and the Earth as a whole. She is a world class palaeoceanographer and one of the foremost and influential figures in the last 30 years during time which she has had a profound impact on Earth system science.

Prof Raymo’s reputation is based on three themes:

1. development of the controversial uplift weathering hypothesis to explain Cenozoic cooling/onset of Antarctic glaciation, 2. seminal stratigraphic research based on the deep sea oxygen isotope record, including production of the LR04 benthic stack, internationally regarded as the fundamental global stratigraphic template for the last 5 million years, and 3. groundbreaking work on Plio-Pleistocene sea levels integrating geological observations with glacio-isostatic adjustment model predictions.

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