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dr. N. (Natasha) Barbolini

Postdoctoral Researcher
Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Photographer: Jan van Arkel

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
Postal address
  • Postbus 94248
    1090 GE Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    I am a postdoctoral researcher within the Department of Ecosystem & Landscape Dynamics and part of the MAGIC Research Project (Monsoons of Asia caused Greenhouse to Icehouse Cooling). This research seeks to unravel the causes for Cenozoic global climate cooling 50 to 34 Ma ago. Recent findings of monsoonal activity in Asia as old as 45 Ma raises the fascinating possibility that Asian Monsoons may have triggered a global shift from the warm ice-free Greenhouse world to the bi-polar Icehouse conditions still prevailing today. I am investigating the Cretaceous–Eocene palynology and paleoecology of western China and NE Tibet, and integrating these data into climate models in order to assist in unravelling the role and behaviour of Asian Monsoons with respect to long-term Greenhouse to Icehouse cooling, pCO2 levels and global hyperthermal and cooling events such as the PETM, MECO and EOT.

    Some of the MAGIC team members in a blizzard on the Nangqian section, Tibetan Plateau. From left: Niels Meijer, Alexander Rohrmann, Natasha Barbolini, and Zhang Yang.
  • Research Interests
    Excavating Triassic fossil wood in the mid-Zambezi Basin, Zambia

    My primary research interests include the holistic reconstruction of extinct ecosystems, and investigating the differing responses of plants and animals to environmental crises. I enjoy working with multi-disciplinary teams, combining palynological data with palaeobotanical and faunal records in order to best understand past ecosystem dynamics. This research is important for understanding current and future global climate changes, as well as being useful in biostratigraphic correlation, dating, and geothermal maturation for the fossil fuels industry.

  • Other Publications

    Journal Articles

    Barbolini, N., Rubidge, B.S., Bamford, M.K., 2018. A new approach to biostratigraphy in the Karoo foreland system: utilising restricted-range palynomorphs and their first appearance datums for correlation. Journal of African Earth Sciences 140: 114–133.

    Barbolini, N., Rubidge, B.S., Bamford, M.K., 2016c. Radiometric dating demonstrates that Permian spore-pollen zones of Australia and South Africa are diachronous. Gondwana Research 37: 241–251.

    Barbolini, N., Smith, R.M.H., Tabor, N., Sidor, C.A., Angielcyzk, K., 2016b. Resolving the age of Madumabisa vertebrates: Palynological evidence from the mid-Zambezi Basin of Zambia. Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeogeography 457: 117–128.

    Barbolini, N., Bamford, M.K., Tolan, S.C., 2016a. Permo-Triassic palynology and palaeobotany of Zambia: a review. Palaeontologia africana 50: 18–30.

    Barbolini, N., Bamford, M.K., 2014. Palynology of an Early Permian coal seam from the Karoo Supergroup of Botswana. Journal of African Earth Sciences 100: 136–144.

    Book Chapters

    Rubidge, B.S., Day, M.O., Barbolini, N., Hancox, P.J., Choiniere, J., Bamford, M.K., McPhee, B., Viglietti, P., Jirah, S., 2016. Advances in nonmarine Karoo biostratigraphy: Significance for understanding basin development. In: Linol, B. and de Wit, M. (Eds.), Origin and Evolution of the Cape Mountains and Karoo Basin, Springer International Publishing, p. 141–149.

    Peer-reviewed Conference Abstracts (Total 19 published/accepted)

    Haberzettl, T., Wang, J., Zhu, L., Daut, G., Spiess, V., Schulze, N., Ariztegui, D., Barbolini, N., Clarke, L., Henderson, H., van der Woerd, J., Vogel, H., Waldmann, N., 2019. The Nam Co Drilling Project, Tibet (NamCore): A one million year sedimentary record from the third pole. IODP/ICDP Colloquium 2019, 18–20 March 2019, Cologne, Germany.

    Meijer, N., Dupont-Nivet, G., Abels, H. A., Licht, A., Andermann, C., Barbolini, N., Woutersen, A., Rohrmann, A., Nowaczyk, N., Liu, X-J., Tardif, D., Fluteau, F., Sakuma, A. & Tada, R., 2019. Eocene dust record in the Xining Basin, NE Tibet: implications for the aridification history of Asia. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, 7–12 April 2019, Vienna, Austria.

    Page, M., Licht, A., Dupont-Nivet, G., Meijer, N., Barbolini, N., Woutersen, A., Hoorn, M. C., Tardif, D., Fluteau, F., Schauer, A., Huntington, K., Bajnai, D., Fiebig, J., Mulch, A. & Guo, Z., 2019. Cooling, vegetation shift and decline in monsoonal rainfall in NE Tibet through the greenhouse to icehouse transition. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, 7–12 April 2019, Vienna, Austria.

    Dupont-Nivet, G., Meijer, N., Kaya, M., Westerweel, J., Tardif, D., Licht, A., Barbolini, N., Rohrmann, A., Poblete, F., Roperch, P., Hoorn, M. C., Proust, JN., Fluteau, F., Donnadieu, Y., Guillot, S., Guo, Z. & Aung, D. W., 2018. Paleogeographic and paleoenvironmental reconstructions of the India-Asia collision. Abstract volume of the 33rd Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet Workshop, 10–12 September 2018, Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Rohrmann, A., Barbolini, N., Meijer, N., Yang, Z. & Dupont-Nivet, G., 2018. High central Tibet at the onset of Indo-Asian collision derived from leaf-wax hydrogen and palynology data. Abstract volume of the 33rd Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet Workshop, 10–12 September 2018, Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Barbolini, N., Dupont-Nivet, G., Meijer, N., Jardine, P.E., Rohrmann, A., Hoorn, C., 2018. Multiple palaeoecological proxies constrain the interplay between Tibetan Plateau growth, the proto-monsoons and floral dispersal during the early India-Asia collision. European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference, 12–17 August 2018, Dublin, Ireland.

    Barbolini N., Rubidge B.S., Bamford M.K., 2018. A new radio-isotopically constrained palynozonation for the Permian Karoo Basin of South Africa. European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference, 12–17 August 2018, Dublin, Ireland.

    Barbolini, N., Dupont-Nivet, G., Ao. H., Meijer, N., Licht, A., Hoorn, C., 2018. Acute Asian cooling across the Eocene–Oligocene transition evidenced by ecosystem restructuring on the Tibetan Plateau. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, 8–13 April 2018, Vienna, Austria. Highlighted as an Abstract of Special Interest.

    Hoorn, C., Bogota, G., Woutersen, A., Barbolini, N., Cleef, A., Jardine, P., 2018. Landscape changes and grassland development in the Amazon drainage basin during the Plio-Pleistocene climatic variations. IBS Climate Change Biogeography Meeting, 20–24th March 2018, University of Évora (Portugal).

    Barbolini N., Bamford M.K., Rubidge B.S., 2016d. The significance of radio-isotopic ages in calibrating Gondwanan Permian palynozones. XIV International Palynological Congress and X International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference, Salvador, Brazil, 23–28 October 2016.

    Barbolini N., Bamford M.K., Rubidge B.S., 2016c. Glacial barriers to floral migration in the Permo-Carboniferous of Gondwana. Proceedings of the 19th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, Stellenbosch, July 4–9, 2016. Winner of “The Harrismith Mug” for Best Paper Presented at the PSSA Conference 2016.

    Singh M., Barbolini N., Bamford M.K., 2016. Palynology of the Permian mid-Zambezi Basin of Zambia and correlation with southern African microfloral assemblages. Proceedings of the 19th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, Stellenbosch, July 4–9, 2016.

    Mahabeer K., Barbolini N., Bamford M.K., 2016. Palynology of the Permian Mucanha-Vuzi Coal Basin (Ecca Group, Karoo Supergroup), Tete Province, Mozambique. Proceedings of the 19th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, Stellenbosch, July 4–9, 2016.

    Barbolini N., Rubidge B.S., Bamford M.K., 2015. Proximal and distal facies correlations in the Karoo retroarc foreland system using palynology. Imbizo: Origin and Evolution of the Cape Mountains and Karoo Basin, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, 25–27 November 2015.

    Barbolini N., Bamford M.K., Rubidge B.S., 2014b. Floral provincialism hinders correlations of Permian palynological assemblages across Gondwana. Abstract Volume of the 4th International Palaeontological Congress, The history of life: A view from the Southern Hemisphere, Mendoza, Argentina, September 28–October 3, 2014, p.277.

    Barbolini N., Bamford M.K., Rubidge B.S., 2014a. Palynofloras of the Karoo vertebrate biozones and their contribution towards reconstructing Permo-Triassic extinction events. Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, Johannesburg, July 11–14, 2014, p. 11.

    Barbolini N., Bamford M.K., Rubidge B.S., 2012. A proposed palynostratigraphic scheme for the Karoo Supergroup of South Africa. Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, Cape Town, 2012.

    Barbolini N., Bamford M.K., 2010. Initial report of the palynology of an Early Permian coal seam in Karoo deposits of Botswana. Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, Howick, 2010.

    Barbolini N., Yates A.M., 2008. Reconstruction of the cervical vertebrae of Massospondylus: implications for neck movement and feeding envelope of the Prosauropoda. Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, Matjiesfontein, 2008.

     

  • Publications

    2019

    • Barbolini, N., Nxumalo, V., Wagner, N., Kramers, J., Vorster, C., Cairncross, B., & Bamford, M. K. (2019). Palynostratigraphic correlation of the Springbok Flats coalfield to other coal-bearing successions in the Karoo basins of southern Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 122(1), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.25131/sajg.122.0001 [details]
    • Cole, D., & Barbolini, N. (2019). Marine flooding surfaces recorded in Permian black shales and coal deposits of the Main Karoo Basin (South Africa): Implications for basin dynamics and cross-basin correlation: Discussion. International journal of coal geology, 209, 130-131. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coal.2018.04.013 [details]
    • Kaya, M. Y., Dupont-Nivet, G., Proust, J. N., Roperch, P., Bougeois, L., Meijer, N., ... Zhaojie, G. (2019). Palaeogene evolution and demise of the proto‐Paratethys Sea in Central Asia (Tarim and Tajik basins): Role of intensified tectonic activity at ca. 41 Ma. Basin Research, 31(3), 461-486. https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12330 [details]
    • Page, M., Licht, A., Dupont-Nivet, G., Meijer, N., Barbolini, N., Hoorn, C., ... Guo, Z. (2019). Synchronous cooling and decline in monsoonal rainfall in northeastern Tibet during the fall into the Oligocene icehouse. Geology, 47(3), 203-206. https://doi.org/10.1130/G45480.1 [details]

    2019

    • Meijer, N., Dupont-Nivet, G., Abels, H. A., Licht, A., Andermann, C., Barbolini, N., ... Tada, R. (Accepted/In press). Eocene dust record in the Xining Basin, NE Tibet: implications for the aridification history of Asia. Abstract from EGU (European Geosciences Union) General Assembly 2019, Austria.
    • Page, M., Licht, A., Dupont-Nivet, G., Meijer, N., Barbolini, N., Woutersen, A., ... Guo, Z. (Accepted/In press). Cooling, vegetation shift and decline in monsoonal rainfall in NE Tibet through the greenhouse to icehouse transition. Abstract from EGU (European Geosciences Union) General Assembly 2019, Austria.

    2018

    • Barbolini, N., Dupont-Nivet, G., Ao, H., Meijer, N., Licht, A., & Hoorn, M. C. (2018). Acute Asian cooling across the Eocene–Oligocene transition evidenced by ecosystem restructuring on the Tibetan Plateau. Abstract from EGU (European Geosciences Union) General Assembly 2018, Austria.
    • Barbolini, N., Dupont-Nivet, G., Meijer, N., Jardine, P. E., Rohrmann, A., & Hoorn, M. C. (2018). Multiple palaeoecological proxies constrain the interplay between Tibetan Plateau growth, the proto-monsoons and floral dispersal during the early India-Asia collision. Abstract from 10th European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference, Ireland.
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Meijer, N., Kaya, M., Westerweel, J., Tardif, D., Licht, A., ... Aung, D. W. (2018). Paleogeographic and paleoenvironmental reconstructions of the India-Asia collision. 40-41. Abstract from 33rd Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet Workshop , Switzerland. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1403887
    • Rohrmann, A., Barbolini, N., Meijer, N., Yang, Z., & Dupont-Nivet, G. (2018). High central Tibet at the onset of Indo-Asian collision derived from leaf-wax hydrogen and palynology data. 143. Abstract from 33rd Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet Workshop , Switzerland. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1403887
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