Research: Paleoceanography/Paleoclimatology; Trace and minor elements in biogenic calcite and marine sediments; Stable isotopes in carbonate and siliceous marine microfossils; Lipid biomarkers; Sedimentology
Specialties: Climate Change, Ocean Temperature, Ice Sheet Instability, Sea Level Rise, Climate History
Dr. Shevenell is an Associate Professor of Geological Oceanography at USF College of Marine Science. She received her PhD in Marine Science in 2004 from the University of California Santa Barbara. In 2005, she was awarded a Program on Climate Change postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. In 2007, Dr. Shevenell moved to the United Kingdom, where she was an Assistant Professor in Earth Sciences and Geography at University College London. She joined the USF faculty in 2011. Dr. Shevenell's research focuses on generating high-resolution geochemical and micropaleontological (foraminifera) records from marine sediments to address questions related to Earth's climate evolution over the last 65 million years. Her current research interests are geographically diverse (including the Southern Ocean and North Pacific Ocean) and divided into three focus areas: 1) Antarctic ice sheet development over the last 50 million years from far-field and ice proximal marine sediment records, 2) the role of the high-latitude oceans in Glacial-Interglacial carbon cycling, and 3) Antarctic Holocene climate variability. Research undertaken by the Shevenell Lab is relevant to IPCC concerns that ongoing climate changes are accelerating polar ice cap melting and global sea level rise. Shevenell and her graduate students develop, calibrate, and employ a wide variety of inorganic and organic geochemical and micropaleontologic techniques to reconstruct past changes in ocean temperature, circulation, productivity, continental ice volume, and carbon cycling on decadal to million year timescales. Dr. Shevenell is actively involved in several international research programs, including the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), and has served on several IODP advisory panels, in addition to proposing and participating in several IODP scientific expeditions. Dr. Shevenell currently serves the broader scientific community in several capacities. In 2020, she was appointed as an Associate Editor for the AGU journal, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology; in 2016 she was recognized as an AGU Outstanding Reviewer. In 2019, Dr. Shevenell was elected to serve as the Geological Oceanography Counselor on The Oceanography Society governing council, and is a member of their nominations and ethics committees. In 2019, Dr. Shevenell was elected a full member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society and received a USF Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award. Dr Shevenell maintains an active sea-going research program and encourages graduate student participation in research cruises.