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Dr Jeremy Lloyd

Associate Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41874
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 219
Associate Professor, Sea Level, Ice and Climate
Room number: 306

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My research interests lie in the area of Quaternary environmental reconstruction with particular focus on palaeoceanography and sea-level changes. My current areas of research include:

  • Interaction between palaeoceanography and ice sheet dynamics
  • Relative sea-level changes and coastal evolution
  • Reconstructing Asian Monsoon climate

Interaction between palaeoceanography and ice sheet dynamics

One of my main areas of research has focused on the link between ocean circulation and ice sheet dynamics. This research has concentrated on the west Greenland margin, but has recently expanded to include research from the northeast Greenland margin and the Antarctic Peninsula. Research in west Greenland has investigated the timing and nature of deglaciation in the Disko Bay area and also the link between ocean circulation and the dynamics of Jakobshavns Isbrae (one of the largest ice streams draining the Greenland Ice Sheet). I have extended this research into the link between the oceans and ice streams through recent research from Fosters Bugt in northeast Greenland and Marguerite Bay, Antarctic Peninsula. This research has involved collaboration with Dr Antoon Kuijpers (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland), Dr Matthias Moros (Baltic Sea Research Institute, Germany), Dr Andrzej Witkowski (University of Szczecin, Poland) and Profs Colm Ó Cofaigh and Antony Long (Durham).

Relative sea-level changes and coastal evolution

I have carried out research reconstructing relative sea-level change from a range of locations around the UK including NW Scotland, the Solway Firth, Cumbria and NE England. This new data can then be used to test and help refine quantitative glacio-hydro-isostatic models. I am also interested in the relative sea-level history from NW Iceland with the aim of providing accurate relative sea-level reconstructions from the Lateglacial through to the Late Holocene needed to test geophysical glacio-hydro-isostatic models and also provide information on deglaciation. I am also collaborating with archaeologists interested in the Viking settlements of NW Iceland and their links with the sea.

Reconstructing Asian Monsoon climate

One of my research interests has been in developing new proxies from the Pearl River Estuary to reconstruct the Southeast Asian Monsoon. In this research we have investigated a number of proxies including foraminifera, diatoms and bulk carbon stable isotopes to reconstruct the variation in freshwater flux to the Pearl River Estuary linked to monsoon precipitation. This research has recently been extended to include organic and inorganic geochemical analysis of a maar lake sequence. This research is being carried out in collaboration with Drs Cheng Zong and Wyss Yim (University of Hong Kong) and Dr Rachel Flecker (University of Bristol).

Research Groups

Department of Geography

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • Asian Monsoon Climate Variability
  • Greenland in a Warmer Climate: What Controls the Advance & Retreat of the NE Greenland Ice Stream? (NEGIS)
  • Interaction between the ocean, atmosphere and ice sheet dynamics along the Greenland margin

Research Interests

  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using foraminifera
  • Palaeoceanography of the Greenland margin
  • Interaction between ocean circulation and ice sheet dynamics
  • Sea-level change and coastal evolution
  • Developing proxies to reconstruct monsoon climate

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2016: Greenland in a warmer climate: What controls the advance & retreat of the NE Greenland Ice Stream (£527622.50 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2006: Halcrow. Evolution of Drigg Spit and relationship to relative sea-level change during the Holocene. J. Lloyd, Y. Zong, awarded £18,360
  • 2006: NERC Radiocarbon Laboratory. Reconstruction of Holocene monsoon variability from the Pearl River Estuary. Y. Zong, J. Lloyd, A. Lamb, awarded £1000
  • 2005: Halcrow. Late Holocene evolution of the Ravenglass estuary: the Irt-Mite-Esk rivers complex. J. Lloyd, Y. Zong, awarded £7743
  • 2005: NERC Isotope Geoscience Facility. Reconstruction of the Holocene monsoon variability from the Pearl River Estuary. Y. Zong, J. Lloyd, A. Lamb, awarded £19,500
  • 2004: Halcrow. Preliminary Investigation of the Evolution of the Esk – Mite – Irt rivers Complex. J. Lloyd, Y. Zong, awarded £14,100
  • 2003: NERC - Organic Mass Spectrometry Facility, 2003. The role of the carbon cycle in the Mid-Pleistocene Revolution. J. Lloyd, A. Rosell-Mele, E. McClymont. Awarded £46,800.
  • 2003: Quaternary Research Association, January 2003. Sea-level reconstruction and deglaciation of NW Iceland and its implications for ocean circulation. J. Lloyd. Awarded £350.
  • 2002: NERC - Isotope Research Support, 2002. Reconstruction of the Holocene variability of the East Asian monsoon from shallow marine sediment archives. J. Lloyd, Y. Zong, W. Yim. Pilot Project.
  • 2001: NERC - Radiocarbon Laboratory, 2001. Late Quaternary ice sheet dynamics in west Greenland. J. Lloyd. Awarded £2,664.
  • 2000: Carlsberg Foundation, 2000. ‘Disko Gallup - Impact of Kangersuniat surging glacier on fjord and inner shelf biota. M. Rasch, J. Lloyd, D. Roberts. Awarded 150,000 Danish Kroner (grant administered by M. Rasch from University of Copenhagen).
  • 2000: NERC - Isotope Research Support, 2000. High resolution relative sea-level changes and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction from NW Scotland since the Last Glacial Maximum. I. Shennan, J. Lloyd, E. Mackie. Awarded £33,374.
  • 2008: PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION (£30427.70 from Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS))