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Dr Charlotte Spencer-Jones

Charlotte Spencer-Jones

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Professional biography

I am an Organic Geochemist working within the fields of Biogeochemistry and Astrobiology.

I work on tracing the cycling of carbon during the Quaternary. I am particularly interested in the relative importance of terrestrial environments (e.g. wetlands) in driving atmospheric carbon concentrations, along with quantifying the influence microorganisms have as both sources and sinks of carbon to the atmosphere.

I develop reconstructions of past environmental change within both terrestrial and oceanic ecosystems. This research uses multiproxy and interdisciplinary approaches to create a holistic understanding of paleo-environmental change during the Quaternary.

Allied to this, I am also interested in how organic geochemical tools can be used to trace the existence of life on other planetary bodies. Using both laboratory simulations and analogue environments, I focus on how we can untangle abiotic and biotic signatures from post depositional processes.

I currently work in the Southern Ocean and in wetland and dryland environments of Africa.


Archaeal Intact Polar Lipids in Polar Waters: A Comparison Between the Amundsen and Scotia Seas (2021)
Spencer-Jones, Charlotte L.; McClymont, Erin L.; Bale, Nicole J.; Hopmans, Ellen C.; Schouten, Stefan; Müller, Juliane; Abrahamsen, E. Povl; Allen, Claire; Bickert, Torsten; Hillenbrand, Claus-Dieter; Mawbey, Elaine; Peck, Victoria; Svalova, Aleksandra and Smith, James A.
Biogeosciences, 18(11) (pp. 3485-3504)

A record of aerobic methane oxidation in tropical Africa over the last 2.5 Ma (2017-12-01)
Spencer-Jones, Charlotte L.; Wagner, Thomas and Talbot, Helen M.
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 218 (pp. 27-39)

Analysis of non-derivatised bacteriohopanepolyols by ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (2016-10-15)
Talbot, Helen M.; Sidgwick, Frances R.; Bischoff, Juliane; Osborne, Kate A.; Rush, Darci; Sherry, Angela and Spencer-Jones, Charlotte L.
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 30(19) (pp. 2087-2098)

Hydrologic control of carbon cycling and aged carbon discharge in the Congo River basin (2016-09-01)
Schefuß, Enno; Eglinton, Timothy I.; Spencer-Jones, Charlotte L.; Rullkötter, Jürgen; De Pol-Holz, Ricardo; Talbot, Helen M.; Grootes, Pieter M. and Schneider, Ralph R.
Nature Geoscience, 9(9) (pp. 687-690)

Bacteriohopanepolyols in tropical soils and sediments from the Congo River catchment area (2015-12)
Spencer-Jones, Charlotte L.; Wagner, Thomas; Dinga, Bienvenu J.; Schefuß, Enno; Mann, Paul J.; Poulsen, John R.; Spencer, Robert G.M.; Wabakanghanzi, Jose N. and Talbot, Helen M.
Organic Geochemistry, 89-90 (pp. 1-13)

Variability in aerobic methane oxidation over the past 1.2Myrs recorded in microbial biomarker signatures from Congo fan sediments (2014-05)
Talbot, Helen M.; Handley, Luke; Spencer-Jones, Charlotte L.; Dinga, Bienvenu Jean; Schefuß, Enno; Mann, Paul J.; Poulsen, John R.; Spencer, Robert G.M.; Wabakanghanzi, Jose N. and Wagner, Thomas
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 133 (pp. 387-401)

Characterising the Transfer of Biomarkers within the Phobos-Mars System (2020-03)
Morland, Z. S.; Pearson, V. K.; Patel, M. R.; Green, S. F.; Ramkissoon, N. K. and Spencer-Jones, C. L.
In : 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (16-20 Mar 2020 (Cancelled), Houston, USA)