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Dr Francesco Muschitiello PhD

Dr Francesco Muschitiello PhD

Lecturer in Physical Geography

Paleoclimatology, Paleoceanography, Geochronology



  • 2018 - present: Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • 2020-2021: Senior Researcher, Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE), Bergen (Norway)
  • 2016-2017: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York (USA)
  • 2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, Uni Research Climate, Bergen (Norway)


  • PhD Marine Geology: University of Stockholm
  • MSc in Geology: University of Perugia
  • BSc in Chemistry: University of Venice

Awards and honors

  • EGU Climate Division– Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award, European Geophysical Union (2017)
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016)


My research interests cover a broad spectrum of topics surrounding past climate dynamics. I am particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms behind rapid transitions in the climate system to create predictability for future climate change. I am also interested in better comprehending the exact sequence of events occurring across abrupt climate shifts of the past in order to discern cause-effect relationships between the different components of the global climate system (atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets, and the carbon cycle), as well as evaluating climate models in relation to past climate scenarios.

My research mainly involves the use of palaeo-climate proxy data from marine sediments and ice cores using stable and radiogenic isotopes to reconstruct changes in ocean and atmospheric circulation, and to establish precise geochronologies.

Another key aspect of my work involves developing probabilistic models for automating the stratigraphic correlation of proxy records and assigning timescales to climate archives with poor chronological control.

Current and recent research projects

ASYNC – Resolving asynchronous responses of North Atlantic climate to deglacial changes in ocean circulation (ongoing)

PAPR – Probabilistic alignment of palaeoclimate records (ongoing)

Machine Learning for proxy-climate fingerprints of AMOC variability (ongoing)

Ice2Ice – Determining the causes and impacts of past abrupt climate change in Greenland

SWERUS C3 – Past and present interactions between climate, cryosphere, and carbon in the Arctic Ocean


If you are an undergrad or a grad student at the University of Cambridge and interested in getting some experience in climate science, please get in touch with me about potential opportunities. I am particularly interested in individuals with strong computing and quantitative skills, who might be interested in tackling climate and palaeo-climate problems.


For an up-to-date list of publications see my Google Scholar profile at this link.

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