Pam Vervoort

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Research interests

Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum | Carbon cycling | Earth system modeling | Astronomical forcing | Hyperthermal events | Paleoclimatology | Paleoceanography

Research interests

I use Earth system models to understand the role of carbon cycle feedbacks in driving Earth's climate and environmental changes throughout Earth's history. Of particular interest to me are past episodes of global warming, such as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum and other hyperthermal events. My aim is to understand what caused past global warming in the first place and to understand how the Earth recovered from the perturbation.


I studied Earth Science with a focus on paleoclimatology at Utrecht University before moving to the University of California, Riverside for my PhD in the department of Earth and Planetary Science. Here, I developed an interest in using Earth System Models to simulate the behaviour of biogeochemcial cycles. In 2022, I joined Dr. Sarah Green's research group at the University of Birmingham as research fellow to investigate climate-carbon dynamics during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Riverside

Award Date: 31 Dec 2022

MSci Earth Science, Utrecht University

Award Date: 31 Mar 2017

BSci Earth Science, Utrecht University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2014


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