School of Geography

Anna March


PhD student

Room Number: Geography Building, Room 104


Solicitor (non-practising)
Secretary of the Ostracod Group, The Micropalaeontological Society

Working title

  • Climate variability during MIS 11 in Britain

Research interests

  • Freshwater ostracods, stable isotope analysis, Quaternary, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction

PhD research

My aim is to create a high-resolution record of climate and environmental change throughout MIS 11, using ostracods from lake sediments from the iconic Quaternary site: Marks Tey in Essex.  I am adopting a multiple-proxy approach to ostracod analysis, including faunal assemblage and stable isotope analyses, focussing on the transition from the interglacial to the next cold stage.



  • Queen Mary University of London Principal’s Studentship (2013-2016)
  • Queen Mary University of London Postgraduate Research Fund (2015)
  • Quaternary Research Association New Research Workers’ Award (2015)
  • The Micropalaeontological Society Grant-in-aid (2015)
  • The Micropalaeontological Society student bursary (2014)


  • I trained and practised as a City solicitor, specialising in commercial insurance litigation, before seeing the light and re-training in Geosciences.

Work background

  • 2004-2008: Denton Wilde Sapte, Senior Associate
  • 2001-2004: Denton Wilde Sapte, Solicitor
  • 1998-2000: Norton Rose, Solicitor
  • 1996-1998: Norton Rose, Trainee Solicitor

Academic background

  • 2013 to date: PhD at Queen Mary University of London
  • 2012-2013: MSc in Aquatic Science, UCL (Distinction)
    Dissertation: Multiple-proxy approach to determine how an early Holocene cooling event is recorded in a lake archive
  • 2008-2012: BSc in Geosciences, Open University (First Class)
  • 1994-1995: Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, York (Distinction)
  • 1991-1994: BA in Jurisprudence (law), Oxford University, St Catherine’s College




  • Holmes, J. A., Tindall, J., Roberts, N., Marshall, W., Marshall, J. D. Bingham, A., Feeser, I., O'Connell, M., Atkinson, T., Jourdan, A-L., March, A., Fisher, E. H. (2015) Lake isotope records of the 8200-year cooling event in western Ireland: Comparison with model simulations. Quaternary Science Reviews, 131, 341-349 [open access]
  • Horne, D.J., Bal, D., Benardout, G., Huckstepp, T., Lewis, S.G. & March, A. 2014.  Ostracods from Marks Tey: palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimate implications. In: Bridgland, D.R., Allen, P. & White, T.S. (Eds). The Quaternary of the Lower Thames & eastern Essex: Field Guide, 100-108. The Quaternary Research Association, London

Conference presentations

  • Quaternary Research Association Annual Discussion Meeting 2016 (oral presentation)
  • The Micropalaeontological Society 2015 (oral presentation)
  • European Ostracodologists’ Meeting, Estonia, 2015 (oral presentation)
  • Pathways to Ancient Britain (oral presentation)
  • Quaternary Research Association Annual Discussion Meeting 2015 (poster presentation)
  • The Micropalaeontological Society 2014 (oral presentation)
  • Quaternary Research Association Field Meeting 2014 (poster presentation)