Dr. Mariem Saavedra Pellitero
Dr. Mariem Saavedra Pellitero
Phone: +49 421 218 - 99501
Fax: +49 421 218 - 65219
Email: msaavedr@uni-bremen.de

Department of Geosciences
University of Bremen
GEO Building, Room 2580
Klagenfurter Strasse
28359 Bremen

Research Profile

I have a scientific background in Earth Sciences and Geology. During my studies I gathered solid experience in different fields, such as Paleontology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy. In my research career I have conducted studies within a series of different scientific disciplines, including Marine Ecology, Paleoceanography, Paleoclimatology and Geochemistry. Within my PhD, I developed an innovative technique using coccolithophore assemblages to calculate paleotemperatures on sedimentary sequences from the Pacific Ocean. Results obtained from my work were presented in different national and international meetings where they were awarded on two separate occasions and published in relevant peer reviewed journals. During my Postdoc research I have got a vast expertise in extant coccolithophores and calcareous nannofossils at high latitudes. I also gained experience as a biostratigrapher during long research cruises, such as IODP Expedition 346: Asian Monsoon.

Ship Expeditions

• 29/07/2013 to 27/09/2013: IODP Expedition 346: Asian Monsoon from Valdez (Alaska) to Busan (Korea). Calcareous nannofossil biostratigrapher. Chief scientist and co-chief: Ryuji Tada and Rick Murray.

• 14/01/2011 to 08/03/2011: SOPATRA EXPEDITION SO-213 (Leg 2) from Valparaiso (Chile) to Wellington (New Zealand). Calcareous nannofossil biostratigrapher. Chief scientist and co-chief: Ralf Tiedemann and Frank Lamy.

• 27/11/2009 to 27 /01/2010: ANT XXVI/2 Polar Expedition on board R/V Polarstern from Punta Arenas (Chile) to Wellington (New Zealand). Calcareous nannofossil biostratigrapher. Chief scientist and co-chief: Rainer Gersonde and Frank Lamy.


• Saavedra-Pellitero, M., Baumann, K.-H., Lamy, F., Köhler, P. (2017). Coccolithophore variability across Marine Isotope Stage 11 in the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean and its potential impact on the carbon cycle. Paleoceanography, 32, doi:10.1002/2017PA003156.

• Saavedra-Pellitero, M., Baumann, K.-H., Ullermann, J., Lamy, F. (2017). Marine Isotope Stage 11 in the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean; a coccolithophore perspective. Quaternary Science Reviews, 158: 1-14.

• Baumann, K.-H., Saavedra-Pellitero, M., Böckel, B., Ott, C. (2016). Morphometry, biogeography and ecology of Calcidiscus and Umbilicosphaera in the South Atlantic. Revue de Micropaléontologie, 59 (3), 239-251, doi:10.1016/j.revmic.2016.03.001.

• Saavedra-Pellitero, M. & Baumann, K.-H. (2015). Comparison of living and surface sediment coccolithophore assemblages in the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean. Micropaleontology, 61 (6), 507-520.

• Giresse, P., Bassetti, M.-A.; Chanier, F., Gaullier, V., Maillard, A., Thinon, I., Lofi, J., Lymer, G., Reynaud, J.-Y., Negri, A., Saavedra-Pellitero, M. (2015). Depositional environment and age of some key Late Pliocene to Early Quaternary deposits on the underfilled Cedrino paleovalley (Orosei): Insight into the Neogene geodynamic evolution of Sardinia. Quaternary International, 357, 220-236,

• Saavedra-Pellitero, M., Baumann, K.-H., Flores, J.A. & Gersonde, R. (2014). Biogeographic distribution of living coccolithophores in the Pacific Sector of the Southern Ocean. Marine Micropaleontology, 109: 1-20; 10.1016/j.marmicro.2014.03.003.

• Tada, R., Murray, R.W., Alvarez Zarikian, C.A., and Expedition 346 Scientists (2014). Asian Monsoon: onset and evolution of millennial-scale variability of Asian monsoon and its possible relation with Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau uplift. IODP Preliminary Report, 346, doi:10.2204/iodp.pr.346.2014.

• Saavedra-Pellitero, M., Baumann, K.-H., Hernández-Almeira, I., Flores, J.A. & Sierro, F.J. (2013). Modern sea surface productivity and temperature estimations off Chile as detected by coccolith accumulation rates. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, 392, 534-545.

• Saavedra-Pellitero, M., Flores, J.A., Lamy, F., Sierro, F.J, Cortina, A. (2011). Coccolithophore estimates of paleotemperature and paleoproductivity changes in the Southeast Pacific over past ~27 Kyr, Paleoceanography, 26, PA1201, doi:10.1029/2009PA001824.

• Saavedra-Pellitero, M., Flores, J.A., Baumann, K.-H., Boeckel, B., Sierro, F.J. (2011). Comparison of different preparation and analysis techniques for quantitative coccolith studies focusing on biogeographic patterns of species. Micropaleontology, 57 (2), 139-161.

• Saavedra-Pellitero, M., Flores, J.A., Baumann, K.-H. & Sierro, F.J. (2010). Coccolith distribution patterns in surface sediments of the Equatorial and Southeastern Pacific Ocean. Geobios, 43, 131-149.

• Alonso, M., Álvarez, M, Hernández Almeida, I., Saavedra-Pellitero M. (2009). Contribuciones de alumnos asistentes al curso “La paleoclimatología y el Cambio Climático”. In: Flores, J.A. (Ed.), Cambio Climático y Sociedad. Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, Sevilla, pp. 122-141.

• Saavedra-Pellitero M., Flores, J.A., Sierro, F.J. (2008). Comparación de las asociaciones de cocolitóforos en distintos ambientes, desde un giro oligotrófico hasta zonas de alta productividad biológica, Geo-Temas, 10, 1463-1466.

• Saavedra-Pellitero M., Flores, J.A., Sierro, F.J. (2007). Nuevas aportaciones a la biogeografía de cocolitóforos en el Pacífico ecuatorial y suroriental, Geogaceta, 42, 91-94.






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