Markus Kienast

Graduate Coordinator, Professor



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  • Courses:
    • OCEA 3420 – Geochemistry of Aquatic Environments
    • OCEA 4000 – Oceans and Global Change
    • OCEA 5110 – Geological Oceanography
    • OCEA 5285 – Marine Geochemical Processes
    • OCEA 5240 – Special Topics in Oceanography: Paleoceanography Module
Department of Oceanography

Phone: 902-494-8338
Mailing Address: 
Room 5637, LSC Ocean Wing, 1355 Oxford St

PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Marine geology
  • Chemical oceanography
  • Geochemistry and geochronology



  • BSc - University Clausthal, Germany
  • MSc - University Kiel, Germany
  • PhD - University of British Columbia


  • Galbraith ED, Kienast M, NICOPP working group members (2013) The acceleration of oceanic denitrification during deglacial warming. Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/NGEO1832
  • Dubois N, Kienast M, Kienast S, Normandeau C, Calvert SE, Herbert TD, Mix A (2011) Millennial-scale variations in hydrography and biogeochemistry in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific over the last 100 kyrs. Quaternary Science Reviews 30, 210-223.
  • Dubois N & Kienast M (2011) Spatial reorganization in the equatorial divergence in the Eastern Tropical Pacific during the last 150 kyr. Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L16606, doi:10.1029/2011GL048325
  • Kienast M, Lehmann M, Timmermann A, Normandeau C, Laj, C (2008). A Holocene deepening of the western equatorial Pacific thermocline ? Geophysical Research Letters 35, L23610, doi:10.1029/2008GL035464
  • Kienast M, Kienast SS, Calvert SE, Eglinton TI, Mollenhauer G, François R, and Mix A (2006) Eastern equatorial Pacific cooling and Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. Nature, 443, 846-849, doi:10.1038/nature05222


  • Scholar in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Earth System Evolution program (since 2003)
  • Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award at Dalhousie University (2005)
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002)