Grants and awards


November 2016: The following NIGFSC applications were approved at the Autumn 2016 meeting

  • IP–1649–1116: Dr P Anand (Open University) – Reconstructing the sensitivity of Indian summer Monsoon runoff to climate forcing.
  • IP–1664–1116: Dr D Gooddy (BGS) – Using nitrate isotopes and oxygen isotopes of phosphate to trace phosphorous sources and cycling in a sub–tropical estuary.
  • IP–1667–1116: Dr T H P Harvey (Leicester) – The emerging oxygen isotope record of Cambrian seawater temperature: from local to global perspectives.
  • IP–1668–1116: Dr A Henderson (Newcastle) – Millennial–scale climate variability during the mid–Pleistocene transition in the Sea of Japan.
  • IP–1670–1116: Dr K Hendry (Bristol) – Using oxygen isotopes to constrain the freshwater budget north of Svalbard and its link with climate, environment and sea ice drift.
  • IP–1671–1116: Prof J Holmes – Investigating the ecological impacts of late Holocene salinity change in coastal lakes & wetlands using palaeolimnology.
  • IP–1674–1116: Dr S Kender – Investigating sea ice and Bering Sea palaeoceanography during the middle Pleistocene global climatic shift.
  • IP–1676–1116: Prof J Lee– Thorp – Development of a new palaeo–climate proxy based on marine molluscs for the west coast of South Africa.
  • IP–1678–1116: Prof A W Mackay – Late Pleistocene records of palaeoproductivity and silica utilization in southern Siberia.
  • IP–1698–1116: Dr P Wynn – Speleothem climate capture of Heinrich cooling during MIS 3 (project phase 3).
  • IP–1700–1116: Prof S Young – Towards understanding the origin of subsoil phosphate.

July 2016: Training Course on Continental Scientific Drilling

Congratulations to Jack Lacey who has been selected to attend the 2016 ICDP "Training Course on Continental Scientific Drilling" to be held in October 2016 at the GFZ Potsdam.

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May 2016: The following NIGFSC applications were approved at the Spring 2016 meeting

  • IP–1611–0516: Prof C Bonsall (Edinburgh) – Reconstruction of Bronze Age diet in the Romanian Sub Carpathians.
  • P–1614–0516: Prof S Davies (Leicester) – Understanding the Distribution of Organic Matter in the Bowland Shale, Craven Basin, UK.
  • IP–1619–0516: Dr K Hendry (Bristol) & Dr G Swann (Nottingham) – Oxygen isotope systematics of deep–sea sponges from the North Atlantic.
  • IP–1622–0516: Prof P Langdon (Southampton) – The legacy of cyclone Pam: A unique opportunity to build a long term record of cyclone activity in the western tropical Pacific.
  • IP–1623–0516: Prof M Leng (Nottingham) – Climate change and human dispersal over the past 115 000 years in east Africa.
  • IP–1630–0516: Prof R Pancost (Bristol) – Reconstruction of North America Monsoon variability in North Mexico over the last 20 000 years.
  • IP–1637–0516: Prof D Sear (Southampton) – Static or dynamic? Reconstructing past movement of the South Pacific Convergence Zon.
  • IP–1638–0516: Dr J Smith (BAS) – Assessing the role of oceanic forcing in West Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat since the Last Glacial Maximum.
  • IP–1642–0516: Dr P Wynn (Lancaster) – Speleothem Climate Capture of Heinrich Cooling Throughout MIS3-4 (project phase 2).

May 2016: Long Term Science funded by NERC

NERC has commissioned five highly ambitious research programmes, that will see its research centres working closely together to tackle major scientific and societal challenges. The Stable Isotope Facility (within the British Geological Survey) is a collaborative partner within ORCHESTRA (Ocean Regulation of Climate through Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports). This programme will use a combination of data collection, analyses and computer simulations to radically improve our ability to measure, understand and predict the circulation of the Southern Ocean and its role in the global climate. The project is led by Prof Mike Meredith at the British Antarctica Survey.

April 2016: £3.7 Million NERC grant awarded to consortium

NERC have funded a Large Grant application to support an ICDP project on the Lower Jurassic in Wales/UK: Integrated understanding of the early Jurassic Earth system and Timescale (JET).

The overall PI is Stephen Hesselbo (University of Exeter) with UK Co-Is from the BGS (Jim Riding, Melanie Leng, and Dan Condon), Oxford and Leeds.

The science objectives are to:

  • Achieve a high-resolution continuous cyclostratigraphy for the Early Jurassic and associated astronomical time scale leading to insights into solar system resonance, length-of-day and tidal dissipation; the first biostratigraphically-calibrated magnetostratigraphy for the entire 25 Myr long Early Jurassic based on a single section, and; a full synthesis of radio-isotopic and chronostratigraphic scales.
  • Provide a multi-proxy isotopic and elemental chemostratigraphy to track supercontinent break-up influence on the global Earth system and, in particular, a record of the end-Triassic and Early Toarcian mass extinctions, and subsequent recoveries of the carbon cycle, biosphere and ocean, and effects from volatile releases from coeval LIPs.
  • Deliver insights into Early Jurassic sea-level change and the greenhouse-icehouse transitions; an understanding of interdependencies between primary productivity, nutrient flux, and ocean redox state; and an integrated record of changes in atmospheric and marine composition understood in the context of quantitative whole-Earth system models.

This project has also received US$1.5M from ICDP towards the drilling costs.

January 2016: The following NIGFSC applications were approved at the Autumn 2015 meeting

  • IP-1564-1115: Dr M Blackwell (Rothamsted) - How is phosphorus availability regulated in soils? A study using the BBSRC North Wyke Farm Platform National Capability.
  • IP-1566-1115: Prof S Davies (Leicester) - Understanding the effects of modern weathering on the organic geochemical characteristics of organic-rich mudstone and siltstone successions – pilot.
  • IP-1567-1115: Dr T Dunkley Jones (Birmingham) - Climate and carbon cycle dynamics in the late Eocene "doubthouse".
  • IP-1574-1115: Dr A Henderson (Newcastle) - Reconstructing tropical Pacific palaeohydrology during Marine Isotope Stage 3.
  • IP-1575-1115: Prof S Hesselbo (Exeter) - Palaeoenvironmental change from the Late Triassic-Early Jurassic; new data from the UK and Poland – pilot.
  • IP-1579-1115: Prof M Leng (Nottingham) - Has millennial or rapid environmental change forced endemic evolution over the last 1.2Ma?
  • IP-1581-1115: Dr K Littler (Exeter) - Investigating climate change and carbon-cycling in the Late Cretaceous–Early Paleogene; new geochemical records from the South Atlantic and Indian oceans.
  • IP-1582-1115: Dr B Lomax - Carbon isotope analysis as a tool to study genome duplication and angiosperm diversification – pilot.
  • IP-1584-1115: Dr A Mackay (UCL) - The effects of differential dissolution on the O isotope composition of diatom silica.
  • IP-1587-1115: Prof C Perry (Exeter) - Short-term preservation pathways of sedimentary carbonates and implications for diagenetic processes and the inorganic carbon cycle.
  • IP-1596-1115: Prof D Sear (Southampton) - Static or dynamic: reconstructing past movement of the South Pacific Convergence Zone.
  • IP-1598-1115: Prof C Smart (Plymouth) - Shelled heteropods: morphology, molecular taxonomy and global distributions.
  • IP-1600-1115: Prof P Talling (NOC) - Timing of submarine mega-landslides in the Nordic Seas and their relationship to glacial cycles: implications for UK landslide-tsunami hazard.
  • IP-1603-1115: Dr P Wynn (Lancaster) - Extracting the phosphate isotope record from speleothem carbonate.