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Paleoceanography is the study of past climates and vegetation, both on land and in the ocean. Our speciality is the study of climate change in the Arctic Ocean and in the waters off Nova Scotia and British Columbia — particularly, how Global Warming has impacted the marine food chains and harmful algal blooms that cause shellfish poisoning and other potentially fatal sicknesses. We use numerical analysis of the climate change over the past ten thousand years to forecast future climate and ocean conditions. Examples of our published work in this area include:

Compositional trends through the Holocene mud succession of the southwestern Black Sea shelf: Implications for sedimentary provenance and water-level history (2.8MB PDF)
Christopher J. Lister, Richard N. Hiscott, Ali E. Aksu, Peta J. Mudie
Sedimentary Geology 316 (2015) 13–25

The Black Sea Dating Game and Holocene Marine Transgression (913K PDF)
Peta J. Mudie, Valentina Yanko-Hombach, Sergei Kadurin
Open Journal of Marine Science, 2014, 4, 1-7

Holocene marine transgression in the Black Sea: New evidence from the northwestern Black Sea shelf (7.5MB PDF)
Valentina Yanko-Hombach, Petra J. Mudie, Sergey Kadurina, Evgeny Larchenkova
Quaternary International 345 (2014) 100–118

11,000 yrs of environmental change in the Northwest Passage: A multiproxy core record from central Parry Channel, Canadian High Arctic (3.5MB PDF)
Anna J. Pieńkowski, John H. England, Mark F.A. Furze, Steve Blasco, Peta J. Mudie, Brian MacLean
Marine Geology 341 (2013) 68–85

Paleo-Dniester Holocene history: use of palynostratigraphy to assess the validity of dating by amino acid racemisation and C-14 ages of Black Sea shells (Poster: 2.3 MB PDF)
Sergey Kadurin, Petra Mudie, Valentina Yanko-Hombach, and Evgeny Larchenkov

Quantitative estimation of Holocene surface salinity variation in the Black Sea using dinoflagellate cyst process length (908K PDF)
Kenneth Neil Mertens, Lee R. Bradley, Yoshihito Takano, Petra J. Mudie, Fabienne Marret, Ali E. Aksu, Richard N. Hiscott, Thomas J. Verleye, Erik A. Mousing, Ludmila L. Smyrnova, Siamak Bagheri, Mashhor Mansor, Vera Pospelova, Kazumi Matsuoka
Quaternary Science Reviews 39 (2012) 45-59

Atlas of modern dinoflagellate cyst distribution based on 2405 datapoints (73MB PDF)
Karin A.F. Zonneveld, Fabienne Marret, Gerard J.M. Versteegh, Kara Bogus, Sophie Bonnet, Ilham Bouimetarhan, Erica Crouch, Anne de Vernal, Rehab Elshanawany, Lucy Edwards, Oliver Esper, Sven Forke, Kari Grøsfjeld, Maryse Henry, Ulrike Holzwarth, Jean-François Kielt, So-Young Kimi, Stéphanie Ladouceur, David Ledu, Liang Chen, Audrey Limoges, Laurent Londeix, S.-H. Lu, Magdy S. Mahmoud, Gianluca Marino, Kazumi Matsouka, Jens Matthiessen, D.C. Mildenhal, Peta Mudie, H.L. Neil, Vera Pospelova, Yuzao Qi, Taoufik Radi, Thomas Richerol, André Rochon, Francesca Sangiorgi, Sandrine Solignac, Jean-Louis Turon, Thomas Verleye, Yan Wang, Zhaohui Wang, Marty Young
Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Volume 191, 15 April 2013, Pages 1–197

Pacific Workshop PowerPoint:
Dinocysts in eutrophic, stratified Black Sea & Saanich Inlet estuaries vs. upwelling waters off California & Baja (12.4MB)
Peta Mudie, Fabienne Marret, André Rochon, Anna Gaponova

Late Holocene environmental conditions in Coronation Gulf, southwestern Canadian Arctic Archipelago: evidence from dinoflagellate cysts, other non-pollen palynomorphs, and pollen (944K PDF)
Anna J. Pieńkowski, Peta J. Mudie, John H. England, John N. Smith and Mark F. A. Furze
Journal of Quaternary Science, Volume 26, Issue 8, pages 839-853, November 2011

Coastal evolution of southern California as interpreted from benthic foraminifera, ostracodes, and pollen (4.3MB PDF)
David B. Scott, Peta J. Mudie and John S. Bradshaw
The Journal of Foraminiferal Research, July 2011

Late Pleistocene-Holocene marine geology of Nares Strait region: paleoceanography from foraminifera and dinoflagellate cysts, sedimentology and stable isotopes (1.5MB PDF)
Mudie, P.J., Rochon, A., Prins, M.A., Soenarjo, D., Troelstra, S.R., Levac, E., Scott, D.B., Roncaglia, L, & Kuipers, A.
Polarforschung 74 (1-3), 169-183, 2004 (erschienen 2006)

Decadal-scale sea ice changes in the Canadian Arctic and the impact on humans during the past 4,000 years (360K PDF)
Peta J. Mudie, Andre Rochon and Elisabeth Levac
Environmental Archaeology 10:11-126, 2005

Arctic catastrophes: sea ice changes and impacts in the Eastern Arctic during the past 4,000 years Poster presented at the Conference on Rapid Landscape Change and Human Response in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic, June 15-17, 2005, Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon
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(2400 x 1800 pixels 1 MB JPG) or (884K PPT)
Mudie, P.J., Levac, E. , and Rochon, A.

The palynological record of terrigenous flux to the deep sea: late Pliocene–Recent examples from 41°N in the abyssal Atlantic and Pacific oceans
F. M. G. McCarthy; K. E. Gostlin; P. J. Mudie; R. O. Pedersen
Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 128(1-2): 81-95, 2004

Polar Bear

Palynological records of red tide-producing species in Canada: past trends and implications for the future (4.2MB PDF)
Petra J. Mudie; André Rochon; Elisabeth Levac
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
180(1): 159-186, 2002

Sea-surface conditions in northernmost Baffin Bay during the Holocene: palynological evidence.
Elisabeth Levac; Anne De Vernal; Weston Blake Jr.
Journal of Quaternary Science 16(4): 353-363, 2001

Distribution of dinoflagellate cysts in the Canadian Arctic marine region (860K PDF)
P. J. Mudie; André Rochon
Journal of Quaternary Science 16(7): 603-620, 2001

Freshwater chlorophycean algae in recent marine sediments of the Beaufort, Laptev and Kara Seas (Arctic Ocean) as indicators of river runoff
Jens Matthiessen, Martina Kunz-Pirrung and Peta J. Mudie
International Journal Earth Sciences 89: 470-485, 2000

Oceanic pollen transport and pollen:dinocyst ratios as markers of late Cenozoic sea level change and sediment transport
M. G. McCarthy; P. J. Mudie
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
138(1): 187-206, 1998

Glacial-marine sedimentation, Canadian polar margin, North of Axel Heiberg Island. (9MB PDF)
Hein, F.J. and Mudie, P.J.
Géographie physique et Quaternaire 45: 213-227, 1991

Circumpolar map of Quaternary deposits of the Arctic
149 x 109 cm (18MB PDF)
Zarkhidze, V.S., Fulton, R.J., Mudie, P.J., Piper, D.J.W., Musatov, E.E., Naryshkin, G.D., Yashin, D.S.
Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation
January 1, 1991

Siliceous sponge communities, biological zonation, and Recent sea-level change on the Arctic margin: Ice Island results. (1760K PDF)
Van Wagoner, N.A., Mudie, P.J., Cole, F.E. and Daborn, G.
Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 26: 2341-2355, 1989

Biostratigraphy and late Cenozoic paleoceanography of the Arctic Ocean: Foraminiferal, lithostratigraphic, and isotopic evidence (1.4MB PDF)
Scott, D. B., Mudie, P.J., Baki, V., MacKinnon, K. D., and Cole, F.E.
Geological Society of America Bulletin, February, 1989, v. 101, no. 2, p. 260-277

Upper Cenozoic history of the Labrador Sea, Baffin Bay, and the Arctic Ocean: A paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic summary (1.4MB PDF)
Aksu, A.E., Mudie, P.J., Macko, S.A.
Paleoceanography, 3(5), 519–538, 1988

Ice Island sampling and investigation of sediments: an Environmental Marine Geology Program in the Canadian Arctic.
Mosher, D.C., Mudie, P.J. and Frobel, D.
Videotape, 16 mins 19sec, 1986


Geological constraints for tectonic models of the alpha ridge (1.2MB PDF)
Mudie, P.J., Stoffyn-Egli, P., Van Wagoner, N.A.,
Journal of Geodynamics Volume 6, Issues 1–4,
Proceedings of the Symposium Polar Geophysics
December 1986, Pages 215–236

Paleoclimate of Baffin Bay from 300,000-year record of foraminifera, dinoflagellates and pollen (610KB PDF)
Mudie, P.J. and Aksu, A.E.
Nature 312: 630-634, 1984

Oyster Farm, Gray's Harbor, Washington

Spatial variability of foraminifera and pollen in two nearshore sediment sites, St. Georges Bay, Nova Scotia (1.7MB PDF)
C. T. Schafer, P. J. Mudie
Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 1980, 17(3): 313-324

Benthonic foraminifera of three southern Californian lagoons; ecology and Recent stratigraphy (4.6MB PDF)
David B. Scott, Peta J. Mudie, and John S. Bradshaw
Journal of Foraminiferal Research, January 1976, v. 6, p. 59-75,

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