Jenny investigates the seasonality in late Quaternary climate and ocean history that is preserved in diatom-rich sediments (diatom palaeoecology, diatom silica oxygen isotope analysis, sedimentology). She is also interested in the processes involved in early sediment fabric production and preservation (e.g. diatom taphonomy, microbioturbation), and the pitfalls of the subsequent interpretation.
Cathy Stickley analysing Antarctic
diatoms using the SEM.
Current research projects focus on the palaeoceanographic reconstruction of sea ice history and glacial discharge into the Antarctic coastal ocean using late Quaternary sediments from the Antarctic margin.
Techniques employed in this research include: scanning electron microscope (SEM) backscattered electron imagery of sediment composition and fabrics; SEM secondary electron imagery of diatom assemblages; palaeoecological analysis of sequences of diatom assemblages; and diatom silica oxygen isotope records
- NERC Isotope Geoscience Facilities Steering Committee: Seasonality in the Southern Ocean - investigating past oceanographic changes in a climatically sensitive region. Joint-application with PI Katherine Hendry (Univ. Bristol) and co-Is Mike Meredith and Victoria Peck (BAS). November 2013
- NERC Small Grant: Late Quaternary sea ice, ocean and climate records from Antarctica: the Adélie Basin. 1st April 2011 – 30th September 2013
- Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme: Late Holocene sea ice-ocean-climate interactions, East Antarctic margin. 17th July 2012 – 14th September 2012
- NERC Antarctic Fieldwork Support - Collaborative Gearing Scheme: Diatom silica oxygen isotope analysis from spring and summer phytoplankton, Ryder Bay, western Antarctic Peninsula. Support for 3 months Antarctic fieldwork, Ryder Bay. Joint application with co-Is Melanie Leng (NIGL), George Swann (Univ. Nottingham), Mike Meredith, Hugh Venables and Claire Allen (BAS). November 2011-February 2012.
- NERC Isotope Geoscience Facilities Steering Committee: Silicon isotope records of nutrient input to the Antarctic coastal margin. Joint-application with PI George Swann (Univ. Nottingham) and co-Is Melanie Leng and Andrea Snelling (NIGL). June 2011.
- Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme: Late Quaternary diatom assemblage analysis from Iceberg Alley, East Antarctic margin. 5th July 2010 – 27th August 2010
- ESF/EPC PolarCLIMATE Programme: Holocene climate variability at high southern latitudes (HOLOCLIP). Joint Research Project between 7 EU nations; Project Co-ordinator Barbara Stenni (University of Trieste), Pike is UK PI. January 2010 – January 2013
- NERC Standard Grant: Diatom silica oxygen isotope records from the Late Quaternary Antarctic margin. Joint application with co-Is Melanie Leng and George Swann (NIGL). 1st February 2009 – 31st January 2012.