School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Sian Henley BSc (Hons), PhD

Sian Henley

NERC Independent Research Fellow,
University of Edinburgh

Room 402, Grant Institute,
School of Geosciences,
University of Edinburgh,
Kings Buildings,
James Hutton Road,
Edinburgh EH9 3FE.


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My NERC Independent Research Fellowship is entitled "Isotopic characterisation of nutrient dynamics and UCDW behaviour in the west Antarctic Peninsula sea ice environment". I am examining the nutrient budgets of the west Antarctic Peninsula shelf on an annual basis, as well as the dynamic coupling between the polar marine nitrogen and carbon cycles, their interactions with rapid climate change and sea ice declines underway in this region, and the implications for oceanic uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide. My Fellowship runs for five years and involves extensive ocean-going fieldwork in the Antarctic.

In addition to my Fellowship work, I am involved in two projects as part of the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean program, which aims to characterise and quantify the changes in marine biological productivity and biogeochemical cycling occurring in response to rapid warming and sea ice losses in the Arctic region.

  • Arctic PRIZE (PRoductivity in the seasonal Ice ZonE) is a multidisciplinary international project examining the effect of sea ice changes in the Arctic Ocean on ocean physics and nutrient dynamics and consequently on biological productivity and ecosystem functioning.

  • The Changing Arctic Ocean Seafloor (ChAOS) is a multidisciplinary project to elucidate the impacts of declining sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean on the biological communities and nutrient cycling in seafloor ecosystems, and the implications for carbon sequestration and burial.

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