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Fiona D. Hibbert
Research Associate in Sea-Level Studies



Fiona is working on geological records to help constrain the upper tail of extreme sea-level rise, such as the collapse of the polar ice sheets. The contribution of the collapse of the ice sheets to future sea-level projections carries very large uncertainties and sound predictions are critical if we are to adapt. Using the geological record can help us as it contains multiple episodes of rapid and large-scale ice-sheet collapse that we have not seen in our modern observations (e.g., from satellites). She uses a combination of geological records, statistical methods and modelling to do this.

Fiona joined the department in March 2020 as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow working on the ExTaSea project looking at extreme sea level change from geological records. Her research focuses on the interactions between the ice-ocean-climate system during the Quaternary. In particular, the contribution of the former continental-scale ice-sheets to global sea-level budgets.

Prior to coming to York, Fiona was was based at The Australian National University and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (UK) and obtained her PhD from the University of St Andrews (UK).


2023 - present: Research Associate in Sea-Level Studies, University of York, UK

2020 to 2023: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, University of York, UK

2016 to present: Research Fellow, The Australian National University, Australia

2011 to 2016: Post-doctoral Research Fellow (50%) & Project Manager (50%), University of Southampton, UK

2011: Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of St Andrews, UK


Full publications list



  • Lin, Y., Hibbert, F.D., Whitehouse, P.L., Woodroffe, S.A., Purcell, A., Shennan, I., Bradley, S.L. A reconciled solution of Meltwater Pulse 1A sources by sea-level fingerprinting. Nature Communications (accepted)
  • Al-Mikhlafi, A.S., Hibbert, F.D., Edwards, L.R., Cheng, H. Holocene relative sea-level changes and coastal evolution along the coastlines of Kamaran Island and As-Salif Peninsula, Yemen, southern Red Sea. Quaternary Science Reviews 252, 106719.


  • Rohling, E.J.*, Hibbert, F.D.*, Grant, K.M., Galaasen, E.V., Irvali, N., Kleiven, H.F., Marino, G., Ninnemann, U., Roberts, A.P., Rosenthal, Y., Schulz, H., Williams, F.H., Yu, J. 2019. Asynchronous Antarctic and Greenland ice-volume contributions to the last interglacial sea-level highstand. Nature Communications 10, 5040,  (*joint first authors)
  • Khider, D., Emile-Geay, J., McKay, N.P., Gil, Y., Garijo, D., Ratnakar, V., et al…. PaCTS 1.0: A Crowdsourced Reporting Standard for Paleoclimate Data (Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology) 
  • Khan, N., Hibbert, F.D., Rovere, A. Sea-level databases. Past Global Changes Magazine (PAGES). 27(1), 10-11, 


  • Hibbert, F.D., Williams, F.H., Fallon, S., Rohling, E.J. A database of biological and geomorphological sea-level markers from the Last Glacial Maximum to present. Scientific Data 5, 180088,


  • Rohling E.J.*, Hibbert F.D.*, Williams, F.H.*, Grant, K.M., Marino, G., Foster, G.L., Hennekam, R., de Lange, G.J., Roberts, A.P., Yu, J., Webster, J.M., Yokoyama, Y. 2017. Differences between the last two glacial maxima and implications for ice-sheet, δ18O, and sea-level reconstructions. (Invited review) Quaternary Science Reviews, 176: 1-28  (*joint first authors)


  • Hibbert, F.D., Rohling, E.J., Dutton, A., Chatcharavan, P.M., Zhao, C., Williams, F., Tamisea, M. 2016. Coral indicators of past sea-level change: a global repository of U-series dated benchmarks. (Invited review) Quaternary Science Reviews 145: 1-56. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.04.019
  • Channell, J.E.T., Harrison, R.J., Lascu, I., McCave, I.N., Hibbert, F.D., Austin, W.E.N. 2016. Magnetic record of deglaciation using FORC-PCA, sortable-silt grain size, and magnetic excursion at 26 ka, from the Rockall Trough (NE Atlantic). Geochemistry, Geophyscis, Geosystems doi 10.1002/2016GC006300
  • Small, D., Rinterknecht, V., Austin, W.E.N., Bates, R., Benn, D.I., Scourse, J.D., Bourlés, D.L., Hibbert, F.D. Implications of 36Cl exposure ages from Skye for the timing of ice stream deglaciation and Late Glacial ice dynamics. Quaternary Science Reviews 150: 130-145.
  • Düsterhus, A., Rovere, A., Carlson, A.E., Barlow, N.L.M., Bradwell, T., Clark, J., Dutton, A., Gehrels, R., Hibbert, F.D., Hijma, M.P., Horton, B.P., Klemann, V., Kopp, R.E., Sivan, D., Tarasov, L., Törnqvist, T.E. 2016. Palaeo sea-level and ice-sheet databases: problems, strategies and perspectives. Climate of the Past 12: 911-921. doi: 10.5194/cp-12-911-2016


  • Hibbert, F.D, Wastegård, S., Gwynn, R., Austin, W.E.N. 2014. Identification of a MIS 6 age (ca. 180ka) Icelandic tephra within N.E. Atlantic sediments: a new potential chronostratigraphic marker. Austin, W. E. N., Abbott, P. M., Davies, S. M., Pearce, N. J. G. & Wastegård, S. (eds) Marine Tephrochronology. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 398,


  • Abbott, P.M., Austin, W.E.N., Davies, S.M., Pearce, N.J.G., Hibbert, F.D. 2013. Cryptotephrochronology over the Eemian and the last interglacial-glacial transition in the North East Atlantic. Quaternary Science Reviews 28(5) 501–514


  • Austin, W.E.N., Hibbert, F.D. 2012. Tracing Time in the Ocean: A brief review of chronological constraints in marine event-based stratigraphies 8-60 ka. Quaternary Science Reviews.36: 28-37.
  • Austin, W.E.N., Hibbert, F.D., Rasmussen, S.O., Peters, C., Abbott, P.M., Bryant, C.L. 2012. The synchronisation of palaeoclimatic events in the North Atlantic region during Greenland Stadial 3.  Quaternary Science Reviews doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.12.014


  • Hibbert. F.D. 2011. Dynamics of the British Ice Sheet and Prevailing Hydrographic Conditions for the Last 175,000 years: An investigation of marine sediment core MD04-2822 from the Rockall Trough. PhD thesis, University of St Andrews. 
  • Abbott, P.M., Davies, S.M., Austin, W.E.N., Pearce, N.J.G., Hibbert, F.D. 2011. Identification of cryptotephra horizons in a North East Atlantic marine record spanning marine isotope stages 4 and 5a (∼60,000-82,000 a b2k). Quaternary International 246: 177-189. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2011.07.033


  • Hibbert, F.D., Austin, W.E.N., Leng, M.J., Gatliff, R.W. 2010. British Ice Sheet Dynamics inferred from North Atlantic ice-rafted debris records spanning the last 175,000 years. Journal of Quaternary Science 25(4): 461–482 DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1331
  • Peters, C., Austin, W.E.N., Walden, J., Hibbert, F.D. 2010. Magnetic characterisation and correlation of a Younger Dryas tephra in North Atlantic marine sediments. Journal of Quaternary Science 25: 339–347.


  • Leslie, A., Hitchen, K., Wallis, D., Dove, D., Hibbert, F.D., Gatliff, R.W., Owen N. 2009. Cruise 2009/05: Site survey investigation and planning for drill sites in the Irish Shelf / Rockall / Hatton area. British Geological Survey Internal Report, IR/09/075. 48pp.


  • Hibbert, F.D. 2007. QRA AGM, St Andrews: The growth Maximum Extent and Deglaciation of the last British and Irish Ice Sheet. Quaternary Newsletter 113: 25-32 



  • Hibbert, F.D., William, F.H., Fallon, S.J., Rohling, E.J. 2018. Database of biological and geomorphological sea-level markers from the Last Glacial Maximum to the present. Figshare. (data associated with Hibbert et l., 2018, Sci Data)
  • Hibbert, F.D., William, F.H., Fallon, S.J., Rohling, E.J. 2018. Modern coral depth distributions used to calculate past sea levels. Figshare. (data associated with Hibbert et al., 2018, Sci Data)
  • Hibbert, F.D., William, F.H., Fallon, S.J., Rohling, E.J. 2018. Matlab Code - calculation of sea level (PRSL). Figshare. (data associated with Hibbert et l., 2018, Sci Data)
  • Hibbert, F.D. 2017. Penultimate Glacial Maximum Ice Margins. Figshare. (database of Eurasian and North American key sites and dating for the penultimate glaciation) (data associated with Rohling et al., 2017, Quat. Sci. Rev.)

Contact details

Fiona Hibbert
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow
Department of Environment & Geography
University of York
YO10 5NG