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Isotope CYcling in the LABrador Sea

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postcode: BS8 1QU

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙999˙885 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙885 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2021-06-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL UK (BRISTOL) coordinator 1˙999˙885.00


 Project objective

The high-latitude regions are experiencing some of the most rapid changes observed in recent decades: polar temperatures are rising twice as fast as the global mean and there are concerns about the impact of sea-ice and glacier retreat on global oceans and climate. The high-latitude North Atlantic is also a key region for ecologically and economically important natural resources such as fisheries. How these resources will change in the future depends strongly on the response of marine biogeochemical cycling of essential nutrients to increasing anthropogenic stress.

Diatoms are photosynthetic algae that are responsible for nearly half of the export of carbon from the sea surface to the seafloor, and they are a sensitive indication of the state of nutrient cycling. Diatoms are one of many organisms that precipitate biogenic opal, an amorphous glass made of silica (hydrated SiO2), to form protective skeletons, and one of the essential nutrients is therefore dissolved silicon (Si) in the form of silicic acid. The response of the silicon cycle to changing environmental conditions is critical for both carbon and nutrient cycling and it can now be addressed through high precision silicon isotopes, which is the focus of ICY-LAB.

The approach will be to capture the whole silicon cycle system in areas of marked environmental change using careful field sampling strategies - with research expeditions to coastal Greenland and the open ocean Labrador Sea - coupled with cutting-edge analytical methods. The results will lead to an unprecedented and cross-disciplinary view of nutrient cycling, biomineralisation, and the taxonomy and biogeography of siliceous organisms in an ecologically important region of the North Atlantic.

ICY-LAB is an exciting and novel project for which I am ideally placed to carry out, allowing me to develop a new method for looking at modern biogeochemical processes, adding to my existing palaeoclimate and biochemical expertise.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 J.E. Hatton, K.R. Hendry, J.R. Hawkings, J.L. Wadham, T.J. Kohler, M. Stibal, A.D. Beaton, E.A. Bagshaw, J. Telling
Investigation of subglacial weathering under the Greenland Ice Sheet using silicon isotopes
published pages: 191-206, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2018.12.033
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 247 2019-08-30
2017 Daniel J. Conley, Patrick J. Frings, Guillaume Fontorbe, Wim Clymans, Johanna Stadmark, Katharine R. Hendry, Alan O. Marron, Christina L. De La Rocha
Biosilicification Drives a Decline of Dissolved Si in the Oceans through Geologic Time
published pages: , ISSN: 2296-7745, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00397
Frontiers in Marine Science 4 2019-07-08
2018 Katharine R. Hendry, Alan O. Marron, Flora Vincent, Daniel J. Conley, Marion Gehlen, Federico M. Ibarbalz, Bernard Quéguiner, Chris Bowler
Competition between Silicifiers and Non-silicifiers in the Past and Present Ocean and Its Evolutionary Impacts
published pages: , ISSN: 2296-7745, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00022
Frontiers in Marine Science 5 2019-07-08
2019 Katharine R. Hendry, Lucie Cassarino, Stephanie L. Bates, Timothy Culwick, Molly Frost, Claire Goodwin, Kerry L. Howell
Silicon isotopic systematics of deep-sea sponge grounds in the North Atlantic
published pages: 1-14, ISSN: 0277-3791, DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.02.017
Quaternary Science Reviews 210 2019-09-04
2018 Jill N. Sutton, Luc André, Damien Cardinal, Daniel J. Conley, Gregory F. de Souza, Jonathan Dean, Justin Dodd, Claudia Ehlert, Michael J. Ellwood, Patrick J. Frings, Patricia Grasse, Katharine Hendry, Melanie J. Leng, Panagiotis Michalopoulos, Virginia N. Panizzo, George E. A. Swann
A Review of the Stable Isotope Bio-geochemistry of the Global Silicon Cycle and Its Associated Trace Elements
published pages: , ISSN: 2296-6463, DOI: 10.3389/feart.2017.00112
Frontiers in Earth Science 5 2019-07-08
2019 Katharine R. Hendry, Veerle A.I. Huvenne, Laura F. Robinson, Amber Annett, Marcus Badger, Allison W. Jacobel, Hong Chin Ng, Jacob Opher, Rebecca A. Pickering, Michelle L. Taylor, Stephanie L. Bates, Adam Cooper, Grace G. Cushman, Claire Goodwin, Shannon Hoy, George Rowland, Ana Samperiz, James A. Williams, Eric P. Achterberg, Carol Arrowsmith, J. Alexander Brearley, Sian F. Henley, Jeffrey W. Krau
The biogeochemical impact of glacial meltwater from Southwest Greenland
published pages: 102126, ISSN: 0079-6611, DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2019.102126
Progress in Oceanography 176 2019-09-04
2018 Lucie Cassarino, Christopher D. Coath, Joana R. Xavier, Katharine R. Hendry
Silicon isotopes of deep sea sponges: new insights into biomineralisation and skeletal structure
published pages: 6959-6977, ISSN: 1726-4189, DOI: 10.5194/bg-15-6959-2018
Biogeosciences 15/22 2019-04-02
2018 Jon R. Hawkings, Jade E. Hatton, Katharine R. Hendry, Gregory F. de Souza, Jemma L. Wadham, Ruza Ivanovic, Tyler J. Kohler, Marek Stibal, Alexander Beaton, Guillaume Lamarche-Gagnon, Andrew Tedstone, Mathis P. Hain, Elizabeth Bagshaw, Jennifer Pike, Martyn Tranter
The silicon cycle impacted by past ice sheets
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05689-1
Nature Communications 9/1 2019-04-02

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