Bridget Wade

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Bridget Wade
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
University of Leeds
Scientific career
InstitutionsTexas A&M University
University College London
ThesisHigh-resolution stable isotope records as indicators of late middle eocene climate change (2002)

Bridget S. Wade is a British micropalaeontologist who is a professor at the University College London. Her research considers Cenozoic climate change, which she investigates by studying preserved planktonic foraminifera. Wade was a guest on the 2020 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

Early life and education[edit]

Wade was an undergraduate student at the University of Leeds.[1] She did an MSc in Micropalaeontology at UCL.[2] She moved to the University of Edinburgh for her graduate studies where she studied stable isotope records as a means to understand Eocene climate change.[3]

Research and career[edit]

After earning her doctorate, Wade was awarded a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) postdoctoral fellowship.[1] Wade continued her scientific career in the United States, first at Rutgers University as a Lindemann Research Fellow and then as an Assistant and Associate Professor at Texas A&M University.[1]

Wade has taken part in the Ocean Drilling Program, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, International Continental Scientific Drilling Program and the Tanzania Drilling Project. This research resulted in Wade making contributions to the field of palaeontology, including identifying that before the extinction of Eocene planktonic foraminifera there was an increase in the production of surface water, which triggered the loss of algal photosymbionts.[1] She created a high-resolution astrochronological framework to allow for the characterisation of fluctuations in ice volume (including their magnitude and frequency) and evaluation of their impact on the global carbon cycle.[1]

In 2013 Wade joined University College London as a Professor of Micropalaeontology.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Wade, Bridget S.; Pearson, Paul N.; Berggren, William A.; Pälike, Heiko (January 2011). "Review and revision of Cenozoic tropical planktonic foraminiferal biostratigraphy and calibration to the geomagnetic polarity and astronomical time scale". Earth-Science Reviews. 104 (1–3): 111–142. Bibcode:2011ESRv..104..111W. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2010.09.003. hdl:1912/4398. ISSN 0012-8252.
  • Atlas of oligocene planktonic foraminifera. Wade, Bridget S., Olsson, Richard K., Pearson, Paul N., Huber, Brian T., Berggren, William A. [Lawrence, KS]. 2018. ISBN 978-1-970168-41-9. OCLC 1181957160.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: others (link)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Olsson, Richard K. (2015-10-15). "Presentation of the 2013 Charles Schuchert Award of the Paleontological Society to Bridget S. Wade". Journal of Paleontology. 88 (3): 622–625. doi:10.1666/0022-3360-88.3.622. ISSN 0022-3360. S2CID 129534034.
  2. ^ "UCL Micropalaeontology Alumni". UCL Micropalaeontology. April 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-09-21.
  3. ^ Wade, Bridget (2001). High-resolution stable isotope records as indicators of late middle eocene climate change (Thesis). OCLC 54554322.
  4. ^ a b UCL (2018-06-15). "Prof Bridget Wade". UCL Earth Sciences. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  5. ^ "Planktonic Foraminifera |". Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  6. ^ "Medal and Award Winners List | The Palaeontological Association". Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  7. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#0847300 - CAREER: Oligocene planktonic foraminiferal Konservat-Lagerstaette: Implications for taxonomy, paleobiology, and tropical marine temperatures". Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  8. ^ "Awards and Grants". The Micropalaeontological Society. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  9. ^ "The Geological Society of London - Wollaston Fund". Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  10. ^ "ECORD Distinguished Lecturer Programme". ECORD: European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  11. ^ "2020 Christmas Lectures supporters". Archived from the original on 2020-09-02.