Dr Jennifer Stanford
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (01792) 602405
Room: Academic Office - 209
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

My principal research interests include de-glacial sea-level rise, abrupt millennial-scale climate variability, proxies for bottom current flow, dating techniques and quaternary planktonic foraminifera. In particular, my main research focus is on Heinrich Events, which were quasi-periodic, abrupt climatic anomalies that occurred during previous glacial periods, and were times when the Northern Hemisphere ice-sheet discharged large volumes of ice (hence, freshwater) into the North Atlantic. Furthering this keen interest, I co-organised a workshop in July 2012, funded by the Quaternary Research Association, entitled "Heinrich Events: Land, Ice and Ocean". The remit of the workshop was to enhance multi-disciplinary collaborations to aid our understanding of the entire ocean-climate system, using a holistic approach. Further information can be found at www.heinrichevents.org, and a report of the meeting has been published in the Quaternary Newsletter, Volume 128, p. 31-34

During my postdoctoral research I have worked within the RESET (RESponse of Humans to Environmental Transitions) team, and during my PhD, within RAPID. I am currently a member of the PALSEA (PALaeo SEA level) and DEGREE (DEglaciated GREEnland) research communities, and co-convened the 2013 INTIMATE EGU session.

Areas of Expertise

  • Late Quaternary Environmental Change
  • Palaeoceanography
  • Millennial-Scale Climate Variability
  • Sea-Level Change


  1. & Bipolar seesaw control on last interglacial sea level. Nature 522(7555), 197-201.
  2. & Long-term record of Barents Sea Ice Sheet advance to the shelf edge from a 140,000 year record. Quaternary Science Reviews 150, 55-66.
  3. & The impact of high tephra loading on late-Holocene carbon accumulation and vegetation succession in peatland communities. Quaternary Science Reviews 67-175.
  4. & Sea Surface and High-Latitude Temperature Sensitivity to Radiative Forcing of Climate over Several Glacial Cycles. Journal of Climate 25(5)-1656.
  5. & Heinrich Events: Land, Ice and Ocean (Workshop Report). Quaternary Newsletter 128-34.
  6. & Sea-level probability for the last deglaciation: A statistical analysis of far-field records. Global and Planetary Change 79(3-4), 193-203.
  7. & A review of the deep and surface currents around Eirik Drift, south of Greenland: Comparison of the past with the present. Global and Planetary Change 79(3-4)-254.
  8. & A new concept for the paleoceanographic evolution of Heinrich event 1 in the North Atlantic. Quaternary Science Reviews 30(9-10), 1047-1066.
  9. & Interannual variability of Arctic sea ice export into the East Greenland Current. Journal of Geophysical Research 115(C12)
  10. & Controls on the East Asian monsoon during the last glacial cycle, based on comparison between Hulu Cave and polar ice-core records. Quaternary Science Reviews 28(27-28)-3302.
  11. & The Eirik Drift: A long term barometer of North Atlantic Deep water flux south of Cape Farewell, Greenland. In Viana, A. and Rebesco, M. (Ed.), Economic and Paleoceanographic significance of contourite deposits. -264). Geological Society of London.
  12. & Timing of meltwater pulse 1a and climate responses to meltwater injections. Paleoceanography 21(4)-n/a.


  • CH-122 Chemical Thinking

    This module will meet the challenge of transition to Higher Education from Further Education. Students will be guided in the essential skills to successfully engage with Chemistry in Higher Education, developing competence in group work, basic laboratory skills, peer tuition, note taking, mathematics, data analysis and coding through guided study in Chemistry. This module will provide students with a common foundation in such skills, so they may self-assess to further develop throughout the course of their degree. The module will primarily be assessed through coursework, with formative assessment opportunities to support students in the recognition and appropriate application of feedback received, and summative assessment to include the writing of technical reports, presentations, practice based assessment and an introduction to examination styles.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 Present Lecturer in Physical Geography Swansea University
2011 2012 Lab Technician and Supervisor University of Southampton
2009 2011 Postdoctoral Research Assistant National Oceanography Centre

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of L0 - Department of Geography

    2013 - Present

Research Groups

  • Environmental Dynamics

    Our research group's main focus is understanding environmental variability throughout the Quaternary and the effects of future climatic change. It is centred on regions especially sensitive to environmental change (tropical, cold and wildfire-prone) and also considers interactions between climate change, human disturbance and catastrophic events.