Dr Karen Bacon
- Job title: Lecturer
- Email: K.Bacon@leeds.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0) 113 34 33371
- Faculty: Earth and Environment
- School: School of Geography
- Location: Room 10.30 Garstang
My research spans palaeobotany to present day plant ecology and incorporates elements of plant biology, geology and geochemistry. I am interested in how plants respond to changes in atmospheric composition and how these responses can be tracked in the fossil record. I work on developing plant-based proxies for interpreting changes in atmospheric composition and on tracking plant responses to changing environmental conditions. I also investigate plant responses to mass extinction events, in particular the Triassic–Jurassic boundary (201 million years ago). I am currently investigating the effects of atmospheric composition, temperature and light quality on leaf physiognomy, functioning and development.