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Pichevin L.E., Ganeshram R.S., Geibert W., Thunell R., Hinton R. 2014. Silica burial enhanced by iron limitation in oceanic upwelling margins. Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2181.

de Souza G. F., R. D. Slater, J. P. Dunne and J. L. Sarmiento. 2014. Deconvolving the controls on the deep ocean's silicon stable isotope distribution. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 398, 66-76.

Hendry, K., Brzezinski, M. 2014. Using silicon isotopes to understand the role of the Southern Ocean in modern and ancient biogeochemistry and climate. Quaternary Science Reviews, 89., 13-26.

Coffineau, N., de la Rocha, C.L., Pondaven, P. 2014. Exploring interacting influences on the silicon isotopic composition of the surface ocean: a case study from the Kerguelen Plateau. Biogeosciences 11, 1371-1391.

Hendry, K.R., Robinson, L.F., McManus, J.F., Hays, J.D. 2014. Silicon isotopes indicate enhanced carbon export efficiency in the North Atlantic during deglaciation. Nature Communications 5, 3107.

Panizzo, V., Crespin, J., Crosta, X., Shemesh, A., Massé, G., Ruth, Y., Mattielli, N., Cardinal, D. 2014. Sea ice diatom contributions to Holocene nutriend utilization in East Antarctica. Paleooceanography 29, 328-343.

Open access paper published: Bailey, H., Henderson, A.C.G., Sloane, H.J., Snelling, A., Leng, M.J., Kaufman, D.S. 2014. The effect of species on lacustrine δ18Odiatom and its implication for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions. Journal of Quaternary Science, 29, 393-400. 10.1002/jqs.2711

Paper for discussion: Snelling, A.M., Swann, G.E.A., Pike, J. and Leng, M.J. 2014. Pliocene diatom and sponge spicule oxygen isotope ratios from the Bering Sea: isotopic offsets and future directions. Climate of the Past Discussions, 10 (3). 2087-2104. 10.5194/cpd-10-2087-2014.


Swann, G. E. A., Pike, J., Snelling, A., Leng, M. J. and Williams, M. C. 2013. Seasonally resolved diatom δ18O records from the western Antarctic Peninsula over the last deglaciation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 364, 12-23. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.12.016

Cockerton, H.E., Street-Perrott, F.A., Leng, M.J., Barker, P.A., Horstwood, M.S.A., Pashley, V. 2013. Stable-isotope (H, O, and Si) evidence for seasonal variations in hydrology and Si cycling from modern waters in the Nile Basin: implications for interpreting the Quaternary record. Quaternary Science Reviews, 66, 4-21.

Dean, J.R., Jones, M.D., Leng, M.J., Sloane, H.J., Roberts, C.N., Woodbridge, J., Swann, G.E.A., Metcalfe, S.E., Eastwood, W.J., Yiğitbaşioğlu, H. 2013. Palaeo-seasonality of the last two millennia reconstructed from the oxygen isotope composition of carbonates and diatom silica from Nar Gölü, central Turkey. Quaternary Science Reviews, 66, 35-44.

Maier, E., Chapligin, B., Abelmann, A., Gersonde, R., Esper, O., Ren, J., Friedrichsen, H., Meyer, H., Tiedemann, R. 2013. Combined oxygen and silicon isotope analysis of diatom silica from a deglacial subarctic Pacific record. Journal of Quaternary Science, 28, 571-581.

Pike, J., Swann, G.E.A., Leng, M.J., Snelling, A. 2013. Glacial discharge along the west Antarctic Peninsula during the Holocene. Nature Geoscience, 6, 199-202.

Snelling, A.M., Swann, G.E.A., Leng, M.J., Pike, J. 2013. A micro-manipulation technique for the purification of diatoms for isotope and geochemical analysis. Silicon, 5, 13-17.

Struyf, E., Conley, D.J. 2013. Special Issue IBIS 2011: The Biogeochemical Silica Cycle From Land to Ocean. Silicon, 5, 1-2.


Chapligin, B., Meyer, H., Bryan, A., Snyder, J., Kemnitz, H. 2012. Assessment of purification and contamination correction methods for analysing the oxygen isotope composition from biogenic silica. Chemical Geology, 300-301, 185-199.

Egan, K., Rickaby, R.E.M., Leng, M.J., Hendry, K.R., Hermoso, M., Sloane, H.J., Bostock, H., Halliday, A.N. 2012. Silicon isotopes as a proxy for silicic acid utilisation: a Southern Ocean core top calibration. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 96, 174-192.

Struyf, E., Conley, D.J. 2012. Emerging understanding of the ecosystem silica filter. Biogeochemistry, 107, 9-18.


Barker, P.A., Hurrell, E.R., Leng, M.J., Wolff, C., Cocqyut, C., Sloane, H.J., Verschuren, D. 2011. Seasonality in equatorial climate over the last 25 k.y. revealed by oxygen isotope records from Mount Kilimanjaro. Geology, 39, 1111-1114.

Chapligin, B., Leng, M.J., Webb, E., Alexandre, A., Dodd, J.P., Ijiri, A., Lucke, A., Shemesh, A., Abelmann, A., Herzschuh, U., Longstaffe, F.J., Meyer, H., Moschen, R., Okazaki, Y., Rees, N.H., Sharp, Z.D., Sloane, H.J., Sonzogni, C., Swann, G.E.A., Sylvestre, F., Tyler, J.J., Yam, R. 2011. Inter-laboratory comparison of oxygen isotope compositions from biogenic silica. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75, 7242-7256.

De la Rocha, C.L., Bescont, P., Croguennoc, A., Ponzevera, E. 2011. The silicon isotopic composition of surface waters in the Atlantic and Indian sectors of the Southern Ocean. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75, 5283-5295.

Hurrell, E.R., Barker, P.A., Leng, M.J., Vane, C.H., Wynn, P, Kendrick, C.P., Verschuren, D., Street-Perrott, F.A. 2011. Developing a methodology for carbon isotope analysis of lacustrine diatoms. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 25, 1567-1574.

Mackay, A.W., Swann, G.E.A., Brewer, T.S., Leng, M.J., Morley, D.W., Piotrowska, N., Rioual, P., White, D. 2011. A reassessment of late glacial - Holocene diatom oxygen isotope record from Lake Baikal using a geochemical mass-balance approach. Journal of Quaternary Science, 26, 627-634.


Leng, M.J. and Swann, G.E.A. 2010. Stable Isotopes in Diatom Silica. In: Smol, J.P. and Stoermer, E.F. The Diatoms: applications for the Environmental and Earth Sciences, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Swann, G.E.A., Leng, M.J., Juschus, O., Melles, M., Brigham-Grette, J., Sloane, H.J. 2010. A combined oxygen and silicon diatom isotope record of Late Quaternary change in Lake El'gygytgyn, North East Siberia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 774-789.

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