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Stijn De Schepper

NORCE, Uni Research Klima
  • E-mailStijn.Deschepper@uni.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 38 26
  • Visitor Address
    Realfagbygget - Institutt for geovitenskap, Allégaten 41, 3 etg.
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7800
    5007 BERGEN

Dinoflagellate cyst and acritarch biostratigraphy of the mid to high northern latitude oceans

Neogene stratigraphy and depositional history of the North Sea and Norwegian Sea

Neogene and Quaternary palaeoceanography and palaeoclimate of the mid- to high latitude oceans (North Atlantic, Nordic Seas, Arctic, Pacific), including the evolution of the North Atlantic Current

Pliocene millennial-scale ocean and climate variability

Multi-proxy research combining dinoflagellate cysts and foraminifera (Mg/Ca, stable isotopes) for palaeoceanography and palaeoecology

Ecology of extinct dinoflagellate cysts and acritarchs

Journal articles
  • Clotten, Caroline; Stein, Rüdiger; Fahl, Kirsten; Schreck, Michael; Risebrobakken, Bjørg; De Schepper, Stijn. 2019. On the causes of Arctic sea ice in the warm Early Pliocene. Scientific Reports. 9:989: 1-8. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-37047-y
  • Boyd, Jamie L.; Riding, James B.; Pound, Mattthew J.; De Schepper, Stijn; Ivanovic, Ruza F.; Haywood, Alan M.; Wood, Stephanie E.L. 2018. The relationship between Neogene dinoflagellate cysts and global climate dynamics. Earth-Science Reviews. 177: 366-385. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.11.018
  • Clotten, Caroline; Stein, Ruediger; Fahl, Kirsten; De Schepper, Stijn. 2018. Seasonal sea ice cover during the warm Pliocene: Evidence from the Iceland Sea (ODP Site 907). Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 481: 61-72. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.10.011
  • Matthiessen, Jens; Schreck, Michael; De Schepper, Stijn; Zorzi, Coralie; de Vernal, Anne. 2018. Quaternary dinoflagellate cysts in the Arctic Ocean: Potential and limitations for stratigraphy and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Quaternary Science Reviews. 192: 1-26. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.12.020
  • Mertens, Kenneth Neil; Van Nieuwenhove, Nicolas; Gurdebeke, Pieter R; Aydin, Hilal; Bogus, Kara; Bringué, Manuel; Dale, Barrie; De Schepper, Stijn; de Vernal, Anne; Ellegaard, Marianne; Grothe, Arjen; Gu, Haifeng; Head, Martin J.; Heikillä, Maija; Limoges, Audrey; Londeix, Laurent; Louwye, Stephen; Marret, Fabienne; Masure, Edwige; Matsuoka, Kazumi; Mudie, Peta J.; Penaud, Aurélie; Pospelova, Vera; Price, Andrea Michelle; Ribeiro, Sofia; Rochon, André; Sangiorgi, Francesca; Schreck, Michael; Torres, Vladimir; Uzar, Serdar; Versteegh, Gerard J M; Warny, Sophie; Zonneveld, Karin. 2018. The dinoflagellate cyst genera Achomosphaera Evitt 1963 and Spiniferites Mantell 1850 in Pliocene to modern sediments: a summary of round table discussions. Palynology. 42: 10-44. doi: 10.1080/01916122.2018.1465739
  • Panitz, Sina; Salzmann, Ulrich; Risebrobakken, Bjørg; De Schepper, Stijn; Pound, Matthew J.; Haywood, Alan M.; Dolan, Aisling M.; Lunt, Daniel J. 2018. Orbital, tectonic and oceanographic controls on Pliocene climate and atmospheric circulation in Arctic Norway. Global and Planetary Change. 161: 183-193. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.12.022
  • Bachem, Paul Eduard; Risebrobakken, Bjørg; De Schepper, Stijn; McClymont, Erin L. 2017. Highly variable Pliocene sea surface conditions in the Norwegian Sea. Climate of the Past. 13: 1153-1168. doi: 10.5194/cp-13-1153-2017
  • De Schepper, Stijn; Mangerud, Gunn. 2017. Age and palaeoenvironment of the Utsira Formation in the northern North Sea based on marine palynology. Norsk Geologisk Tidsskrift. 97: 305-325. doi: 10.17850/njg97-4-04
  • Hennissen, Jan; Head, Martin J.; De Schepper, Stijn; Groeneveld, Jeroen. 2017. Dinoflagellate cyst paleoecology during the Pliocene–Pleistocene climatic transition in the North Atlantic. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 470: 81-108. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.12.023
  • Panitz, Sina; De Schepper, Stijn; Salzmann, Ulrich; Bachem, Paul Eduard; Risebrobakken, Bjørg; Clotten, Caroline; Hocking, Emma P. 2017. Mid-Piacenzian variability of Nordic Seas surface circulation linked to terrestrial climatic change in Norway. Paleoceanography. 32: 1336-1351. Published 2017-12-04. doi: 10.1002/2017PA003166
  • Schreck, Michael; Nam, Seung-Il; Clotten, Caroline; Fahl, Kirsten; De Schepper, Stijn; Forwick, Matthias; Matthiessen, Jens. 2017. Neogene dinoflagellate cysts and acritarchs from the high northern latitudes and their relation to sea surface temperature. Marine Micropaleontology. 136: 51-65. doi: 10.1016/j.marmicro.2017.09.003
  • Tan, Ning; Ramstein, Gilles; Dunas, Christophe; Contoux, Camille; Ladant, Jean-Baptiste; Sepulchre, Pierre; Zhang, Zhongshi; De Schepper, Stijn. 2017. Exploring the MIS M2 glaciation occurring during a warm and high atmospheric CO2 Pliocene background climate. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 472: 266-276. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.04.050
  • De Schepper, Stijn. 2016. Het onstaan van de moderne zeestromingen in de Nordic Seas. gea. 4: 101-103.
  • De Schepper, Stijn; Beck, Kristina Marie; Mangerud, Gunn. 2016. Late Neogene dinoflagellate cyst and acritarch biostratigraphy for Ocean Drilling Program Hole 642B, Norwegian Sea. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 236: 12-32. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2016.08.005
  • Panitz, Sina; Salzmann, Ulrich; Risebrobakken, Bjørg; De Schepper, Stijn; Pound, Mattthew J. 2016. Climate variability and long-term expansion of peatlands in Arctic Norway during the late Pliocene (ODP Site 642, Norwegian Sea). Climate of the Past. 12: 1043-1060. doi: 10.5194/cp-12-1043-2016
  • Risebrobakken, Bjørg; Andersson, Carin; De Schepper, Stijn; McClymont, Erin L. 2016. Low-frequency Pliocene climate variability in the eastern Nordic Seas. Paleoceanography. 31: 1154-1175. doi: 10.1002/2015PA002918
  • De Schepper, Stijn; Schreck, Michael; Beck, Kristina Marie; Matthiessen, Jens; Fahl, Kirsten; Mangerud, Gunn. 2015. Early Pliocene onset of modern Nordic Seas circulation related to ocean gateway changes. Nature Communications. 6:8659. doi: 10.1038/ncomms9659
  • Hennissen, Jan A.I.; Head, Martin J.; De Schepper, Stijn; Groeneveld, Jeroen. 2015. Increased seasonality during the intensification of Northern Hemisphere glaciation at the Pliocene-Pleistocene boundary ~2.6 Ma. Quaternary Science Reviews. 129: 321-332. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.10.010
  • De Schepper, Stijn; Gibbard, Philip L.; Salzmann, Ulrich; Ehlers, Jürgen. 2014. A global synthesis of the marine and terrestrial evidence for glaciation during the Pliocene Epoch. Earth-Science Reviews. 135: 83-102. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.04.003
  • De Schepper, Stijn; Head, Martin J. 2014. New Cenozoic acritarchs: evolution, palaeoecology and correlation potential in high latitude oceans. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 12: 493-519. doi: 10.1080/14772019.2013.783883
  • Grøsfjeld, Kari; De Schepper, Stijn; Fabian, Karl; Husum, Katrine; Baranwal, Soma; Andreassen, Karin; Knies, Jochen. 2014. Dating and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the sediments around the Miocene/Pliocene boundary in Yermak Plateau ODP Hole 911A using marine palynology. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 414: 382-402. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.08.028
  • Hennissen, Jan; Head, Martin J.; De Schepper, Stijn; Groeneveld, Jeroen. 2014. Palynological evidence for a southward shift of the North Atlantic Current at ∼2.6 Ma during the intensification of late Cenozoic Northern Hemisphere glaciation. Paleoceanography. 29: 564-580. doi: 10.1002/2013PA002543
  • Knies, Jochen; Mattingsdal, Rune; Grøsfjeld, Kari; Baranwal, Soma; Husum, Katrine; De Schepper, Stijn; Vogt, Christoph; Andersen, Nils; Matthiessen, Jens; Andreassen, Karin; Jokat, Wilfried; Nam, Seung-Il; Gaina, Carmen; Fabian, Karl. 2014. Effect of early Pliocene uplift on late Pliocene cooling in the Arctic–Atlantic gateway. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 387: 132-144. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.11.007
  • Mattingsdal, Rune; Knies, Jochen; Andreassen, Karin; Fabian, Karl; Husum, Katrine; Grøsfjeld, Kari; De Schepper, Stijn. 2014. A new 6 Myr stratigraphic framework for the Atlantic–Arctic Gateway. Quaternary Science Reviews. 92: 170-178. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.08.022
  • Woods, Mark A.; Vandenbroucke, Thijs R.A.; Williams, Mark; Riding, James B.; De Schepper, Stijn; Sabbe, Koen. 2014. Complex response of dinoflagellate cyst distribution patterns to cooler early Oligocene oceans. Earth-Science Reviews. 138: 215-230. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.02.004
  • Briant, Rebecca M; Bates, Martin R; Boreham, Steve; Coope, G Russell; De Schepper, Stijn; Field, Michael H; Wenbam-Smith, Francis F.; Whittaker, John E. 2013. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction from a decalcified interglacial sequence in the former Solent river system at St Leonard's Farm, Hampshire, England. Quaternary Newsletter. 130: 23-40.
  • De Schepper, Stijn; Groeneveld, Jeroen; Naafs, B. David A.; Van Renterghem, Cédéric; Hennissen, Jan; Head, Martin J.; Louwye, Stephen; Fabian, Karl. 2013. Northern hemisphere glaciation during the globally warm early late Pliocene. PLoS ONE. 8. 15 pages. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081508
  • Knies, J.; Baranwal, S.; Fabian, K.; Grøsfjeld, K.; Andreassen, Karin; Husum, Katrine; Mattingsdal, Rune; Gaina, C.; De Schepper, Stijn; Vogt, C.; Andersen, N. 2012. New insights into late Neogene glacial dynamics, tectonics, and hydrocarbon migrations in the Atlantic-Arctic gateway region. Geophysical Research Abstracts. 11.
  • De Schepper, Stijn; Fischer, Eva I.; Groeneveld, Jeroen; Head, Martin J.; Matthiessen, Jens. 2011. Deciphering the palaeoecology of Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene dinoflagellate cysts. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 309: 17-32. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.04.020
Book sections
  • De Schepper, Stijn. 2013. Combining dinoflagellate cyst studies with geochemical proxies: application to palaeoceanography, palaeoecology and biostratigraphy. Chapter, pages 31-41. In:
    • Lewis, Jane M.; Marret, Fabienne; Bradley, Lee. 2013. Biological and Geological Perspectives of Dinoflagellates. 364 pages. ISBN: 978-1-86239-368-4.

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Past positions

2006–2011 Postdoctoral researcher at Geosciences Department, University of Bremen (Germany) (Europrox, MARUM, DFG projects SCHE 1665/2-1 and 1665/2-2)


2006 PhD, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK. PhD thesis: Plio–Pleistocene dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy and palaeoecology of the eastern North Atlantic and southern North Sea Basin. Supervisors: MJ Head and PL Gibbard.

2001 D.E.A. (MSc) Plant Micropaleontology and Palynology, Université de Liège, Belgium

1996-2000 Candidate and Licenciate in Geology, Ghent University, Belgium

Stratigraphy of Neogene CO2 storage formations in the North Sea - dating the Utsira Sands (in cooperation with Statoil ASA)

Pliocene millennial-scale North Atlantic and Nordic Seas palaeoceanography

Neogene to Quaternary dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy of the Bering Sea