2013 till now: Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
2009–2012: Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Germany, M.Sc. in Earth Sciences with focus on sedimentology
2005–2009: RWTH Aachen University, Germany, B.Sc. in Georesources Management
My research topic is: The global expression of climatic and plaeoceanographic events in black shales: generation of new high-resolution records from the Jurassic of the Neuquén Basin, Argentinia. In order to make further progress in understanding the global extent of environmental changes in shale and mudrock successions, I will generate new high-resolution geochemical records from the Jurassic in the Neuquén Basin, Argentina and correlate those with data from NW Europe. The study thereby focuses mainly on Lower Jurassic black shale events in the Toarcian and the Sinemurian-Pliensbachian boundary, but also on the Bathonian and Tithonian Stages. In order to define a reference chemo- stratigraphic framework for the Early Jurassic in NW Europe, I will create a high-resolution dataset for the expanded Early Jurassic succession of the Llanbedr (Mochras Farm) borehole, drilled at the Cardigan Bay, Wales, UK.
The project will include a range of laboratory and field work in the area of sedimentology, stratigraphy, isotope and organic geochemistry.
Supervisors: Dr Hugh Jenkyns, Professor Joe Cartwright, and Dr Micha Ruhl
Xu, W., Ruhl, M., Jenkyns, H.C., Huggett, J.M., Idiz, E., Leng, M.J., Minisini, D., Percival, L.M.E., Riding, J.B., Storm, M.S., Tegelaar, E.W., Tosca, N.J., Ullmann, C.V., Weijers, J.W.H., Hesselbo, S.P. (2018) Evolution of the Early Jurassic Toarcian carbon-cycle and global climatic controls on local sedimentary processes (Cardigan Bay Basin, UK). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 484, 396–411.
Ruhl, M., Hesselbo, S.P., Hinnov, L., Jenkyns, H.C., Xu, W., Riding, J.B., Storm, M., Minisini, D., Ullmann, C.V. and Leng, M.J (2016). Astronomical constraints on the duration of the Early Jurassic Pliensbachian Stage and global climatic fluctuations. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 455, 149–165.