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Dr Kate Hendry

Dr Kate Hendry

Dr Kate Hendry
MA MSci, DPhil

Royal Society Research Fellow and Reader in Geochemistry

Area of research

Silicon cycling in the oceans

Office IC3.02
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5379


My main research interests lie in the investigation of modern biogeochemical cycling and past ocean processes, focusing on biogenic opal and silicon cycling in seawater.


I obtained my undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University (2004), before completing a doctorate in Antarctic biogeochemistry at Oxford University (2008). I was awarded a postdoctoral scholarship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, working on ocean chemistry and paleoclimate (2009-2011). I then moved back to the UK, initially as a Research Lecturer at Cardiff University (2012-2013), then as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Bristol (2013-). I have published over 40 well-cited, peer reviewed papers, with over 700 citations, and have been invited to give talks at several international conferences. I am a director of Antarctic Science Ltd, and sit on the UK National Committee of Antarctic Research. I was awarded the European Association of Geochemistry Hautermans Award for early career geochemistry (2016), a European Research Council starter grant (2016), and was selected for the Young Academy of Europe (2017).


I teach environmental geosciences in the field on the second year trip to Manorbier, South Wales, and a third year unit on Climates and Ecosystems. I also supervise third year Environmental Geosciences independent research projects and fourth year disssertations in subjects such as climate modelling, oceanography, isotope geochemistry and palaeoceanography.


  • Silicon cycling and global change
  • silicon isotopes
  • biogenic opal
  • trace metals in biogenic opal

Recent publications

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