Katrina Nilsson-Kerr


Postdoctoral Fellow, Post-Doctoral Research Associate


Research groups


I'm a geochemist of a paleoclimate/ocean strain. My research here at the University of Bergen exploits the shell chemistry of fossil foraminifera, using LA-ICP-MS combined with clumped isotope analysis, to reconstruct past ocean temperatures across the Cenozoic. My current project is working within the Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE) to contribute to providing a climatic context during an interval of early human technological innovations and adaptations on the South African Coast https://www.uib.no/en/sapience 


Academic article

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Nilsson-Kerr, K., Anand, P.‚ Sexton, P. F., Leng, M. J., & Naidu, P. D. (2022). Indian Summer Monsoon variability 140–70 thousand years ago based on multi-proxy records from the Bay of Bengal. Quat. Sci. Rev, 279, 107403. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2022.107403

Evangelinos, D., Escutia, C., van de Flierdt, T., Valero, L., Flores, J.-A., Harwood, D. M., Hoem, F. S., Bijl, P., Etourneau, J., Kreissig, K., Nilsson-Kerr, K., Holder, L., López-Quirós, A., & Salabarnada, A. (2022). Absence of a strong, deep-reaching Antarctic Circumpolar Current zonal flow across the Tasmanian gateway during the Oligocene to early Miocene. Global and Planetary Change208, 103718. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2021.103718

Beasley, C., Kender, S., Giosan, L., Bolton, C. T., Anand, P., Leng, M. J., Nilsson-Kerr, K., Ullmann, C. v., Hesselbo, S. P., & Littler, K. (2021). Evidence of a South Asian Proto-Monsoon During the Oligocene-Miocene Transition. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology36(9). https://doi.org/10.1029/2021PA004278

Clemens, S. C., Yamamoto, M., Thirumalai, K., Giosan, L., Richey, J. N., Nilsson-Kerr, K., Rosenthal, Y., Anand, P., & Mcgrath, S. M. (2021). Remote and local drivers of Pleistocene South Asian summer monsoon precipitation : A test for future predictions. Science Advances7, eabg3848. https://doi.org/ 10.1126/sciadv.abg3848

Nilsson-Kerr, K., Holden, P. B., Clemens, S. C., & Leng, M. J. (2021). Dipole patterns in tropical precipitation were pervasive across landmasses throughout Marine Isotope Stage 5. Communications Earth & Environment2, 64. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43247-021-00133-7

Gebregiorgis, D., Giosan, L., Hathorne, E. C., Anand, P., Nilsson‐Kerr, K., Plass, A., Lückge, A., Clemens, S. C., & Frank, M. (2020). What Can We Learn From X‐Ray Fluorescence Core Scanning Data? A Paleomonsoon Case Study. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems21(2), e2019GC008414. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GC008414

Nilsson-Kerr, K., Anand, P., Sexton, P. F., Leng, M. J., Misra, S., Clemens, S. C., & Hammond, S. J. (2019). Role of Asian summer monsoon subsystems in the inter-hemispheric progression of deglaciation. Nature Geoscience12(4), 290–295. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-019-0319-5

Fenton, I. S., Baranowski, U., Boscolo-Galazzo, F., Cheales, H., Fox, L., King, D. J., Larkin, C., Latas, M., Liebrand, D., Giles Miller, C., Nilsson-Kerr, K., Piga, E., Pugh, H., Remmelzwaal, S., Roseby, Z. A., Smith, Y. M., Stukins, S., Taylor, B., Woodhouse, A., … Purvis, A. (2018). Factors affecting consistency and accuracy in identifying modern macroperforate planktonic foraminifera. Journal of Micropalaeontology37(2), 431–443. https://doi.org/10.5194/jm-37-431-2018