Sedimentology & Marine Paleoenvironmental Dynamics


Alicia Meng Xiao Hou, M.Sc.



Institut für Geowissenschaften


Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg


Im Neuenheimer Feld 234


D-69120 Heidelberg



+49 (0)6221-54 8293






Research profile:

  • Reconstruction of SST in western tropical Atlantic and moisture availability in eastern Brazil during the mid- to late Pleistocene and Holocene using foraminiferal and sedimentary geochemistry
  • Variability in the South American Summer Monsoon over long timescales and the link between western tropical Atlantic SST changes and monsoonal precipitation levels
  • Reconstruction of recent Labrador Sea paleoceanography using coralline algae


Scientific Career and Education:

since 06/2018

PhD student at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University.  Thesis title: “Impact of surface-water temperature on South American Summer Monsoon dynamics during the past 850 kyrs”.  Supervisors: PD Dr. André Bahr, Prof. Dr. Oliver Friedrich.

09/2016 - 09/2017

M.Sc. student at the Department of Earth Science, University of Toronto.  Thesis title: “Coralline algal proxy reconstructions of the Labrador Sea”. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jochen Halfar.


Research assistant on 3-week cruise around the Canadian Arctic Archipelago for the collection of coralline algae.

09/2015 - 06/2016

Research assistant in the “Climate Geology” research group, at the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga.

09/2008 - 06/2012

B.Sc. student in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto. Double major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Nutritional Science.



(as of 02/2021)


[5] Hou, A., Bahr, A., Raddatz, J., Voigt, S., Greule, M., Albuquerque, A.L., Chiessi, C.M., & Friedrich, O. (2020). Insolation and greenhouse gas forcing of the South American Monsoon System across three glacial‐interglacial cycles. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL087948.

[4] Hou, A., Bahr, A., Schmidt, S., Strebl, C., Albuquerque, A.L., Chiessi, C.M., & Friedrich, O. (2020). Forcing of western tropical South Atlantic sea surface temperature across three glacial‐interglacial cycles. Global and Planetary Change, 188, 103150.

[3] Hou, A., Halfar, J., Adey, W., Wortmann, U.G., Zajacz, Z., Tsay, A., Williams, B., & Chan, P. (2019). Long-lived coral- line alga records multidecadal variability in Labrador Sea carbon isotopes. Chemical Geology, 526, 93-100. https://doi. org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.02.026.

[2] Light, T., Williams, B., Halfar, J., Hou, A., Zajacz, Z., Tsay, A., & Adey, W. (2018). Advancing Mg/Ca analysis of coralline algae as a climate proxy by assessing LA‐ICP‐OES sampling and coupled Mg/Ca‐δ18O analysis. Geochemistry, Geo- physics, Geosystems, 19, 2876-2894.

[1] Chan, P., Halfar, J., Adey, W., Hetzinger, S., Zack, T., Moore, K., Wortmann, U.G., Williams, B., & Hou, A. (2017). Mul- ticentennial record of Labrador Sea primary productivity and sea-ice variability archived in coralline algal barium. Nature Communications, 8, 15543.


Conference Contributions:

European Geosciences Union (EGU) Annual General Assembly 2017:

Oral Presentation: Coralline Algal Skeletal δ13C as a Multicentury Recorder of Carbon Dynamics in the Labrador Sea

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Latest Revision: 2021-02-22
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