_ After graduating recently with a 1st Class Masters of Physical Geography with honours at the University of Hull I started a PhD at Plymouth University with Richard Twitchett and Gregory Price. My PhD research involves collecting novel paleontological data from various palaeolatitudes and different shelf environments from around the world. High resolution palaeoecological studies will be performed on the shelly macro and microfauna through field sampling and/or thin section analyses. Emphasis will be placed on rigorous statistical analyses of the data, and importance given to the consideration of rock-record and other potential biases. Palaeoecological changes and trends will be compared between localities and in comparison to a variety of palaeoenvironmental and climatic proxies.