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Francesco Pallottino

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Francesco Pallottino






21st  Sep 2011 – 22nd May 2015

Degree Course            Bachelor Degree Environmental Sciences

Organization   Oxford Brookes University

Average           74% (Distinction)


 21st  Sep 2015 – 17th Sep 2016

Degree Course            Master Degree Climate Change

Organization   University College London

Average           73% (Distinction)



Operating Systems:     Mac OS X, Windows, Linux

Statistical Packages:    Microsoft Excel, SPSS, R, C2, Matlab

Geographical Information System:     ESRI’s ArchGIS

Research Methods:      Principles of Experimental Design (Planning, Hypothesis Testing, COSSH and Risk Assessment)

Field Work:    Environmental Science   Investigation on freshwater quality (BMWP score and ISIS sampling systems) / Plant and invertebrate field collection and identification (at species level) / NVC’s phase 1 and 2 habitat survey

Laboratory Work -Environmental Science:        Titration of buffer solutions / Sediment digestion (removal of inorganic carbonates) 

Laboratory Work- Palaeoclimatology:      Geochemical analysis of sediment samples (Flash Elemental Analyser & XRF) / Grain size analysis through laser diffraction and electro magnetism (Malvern Mastersizer 2000 & Coulter Counter) / Microfossil identification at species level (Diatoms, Pollen, Planktic foraminifera, Benthic foraminifera, Ostracods)/Mass Spectrometry (through Elemental Flash Analyser) 

Computer Laboratory:   Global climate modelling (HadCM3 & HadAM3)

Academic Writing:       Academic report / Literature review / Laboratory and field notebook / Research project final report / NERC project proposal / Environmental consultancy proposal / Environmental consultancy final report / Business plan / Market research / SWOT analysis / PEST analysis


Current Research

Understanding controls on oxygen deficits in UK waters using a community ecosystem model and isotopic tools


Oxygen (O2) is essential for complex marine life, including commercially important species of fish and shell fish. O2 is also used as an assessment variable for Good Environmental Status (GES) with respect to eutrophication under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

In UK waters, ongoing assessments have identified significant downward trends in the concentration of O2, c (O2), in the northern and southern North Sea and the English Channel. However, the assessments also identified significant gaps in the data and monitoring practices, as well as a lack of understanding of how the interactions between physical, biological and climatological processes control c (O2).

This project aims at narrowing these gaps in understanding using a combination of i) data for c (O2) on the UK Shelf; ii) model results generated in the NERC-Defra Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry (SSB) Programme; and iii) a novel combination of oxygen isotope data and model simulations.



Thornalley J.D., Oppo D., Moffa-Sanchez, P., Hall I.R., Keigwin L.D., Rose N., Green K., Pallottino F., Ortega P., Robson J. (2016). Exceptional Shift to a Weaker Atlantic Meridional Circulation at the End of the Little Ice Age. American Geological Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2016.


Research group

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)