Stephanie Kienast

Associate Professor



  • Google Scholar
  • Courses:
    • ERTH 1090 - Introduction to Geology II
    • OCEA 3004 - The Last Billion Years
    • OCEA 4110 - Geological Oceanography

Phone: 902-494-2203
Mailing Address: 
Room 5616, LSC Ocean Wing, 1355 Oxford St PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Oceanography
  • Marine geology
  • Earth science



  • BSc - Freiburg University, Germany (Vordiplom)
  • MSc - Kiel University, Germany (Diplom)
  • PhD - University of British Columbia


  • Sensitivity of the tropical dust cycle to glacial abrupt climate changes, P O Hopcroft, S Pichat, P J Valdes, and S S Kienast (2022), Geophysical Research Letters,
  • Evaluation of biological carbon pump metrics in the subtropical Gulf of Aqaba, northern Red Sea, S S Kienast and A Torfstein, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 2022,
  • Analysis of common pre-treatments in grain-size analysis (using a grain-size standard), A J White, S S Kienast, M Kienast, J C Garwood, P S Hill 2022, Journal of Sedimentary Research,
  • Bulk and Export Production Fluxes in the Gulf of Aqaba, Northern Red Sea, A Torfstein, S S Kienast, B Yarden, A Rivlin, S Isaacs, Y Shaked, 2020, Acs Earth and Space Chemistry,
  • The daily resolved temperature dependence and structure of planktonic foraminifera blooms, N Chernihovsky, A Almogi‑Labin, S S Kienast, A Torfstein, Scientific Reports, 2020,
  • Ironing Out Fe Residence Time in the Dynamic Upper Ocean,
    E E  Black, S S Kienast, N Lemaitre, P J Lam, R F Anderson,  H Planquette, F Planchon, K O Buesseler, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 2020,
  • 230Th normalization: New insights on an essential tool for quantifying sedimentary fluxes in the modern and Quaternary ocean, K Costa et al., Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 2020,
  • Foraminifera trace anthropogenic CO2 in the NW Atlantic by 1950. S Mellon, M Kienast, C Algar, P deMenocal, S S Kienast, T Marchitto, M Moros, H Thomas, Geophysical Research Letters, 2019,
  • No Correlation Between Atmospheric Dust and Surface Ocean Chlorophyll-a in the Oligotrophic Gulf of Aqaba, Northern Red Sea, A Torfstein and S S Kienast, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, doi:10.1002/2017JG004063, 2018,
  • Change in dust seasonality as the primary driver for orbital-scale dust storm variability in East Asia, S Serno, G Winckler, R F Anderson, S L Jaccard, S S Kienast, H G Haug, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2016GL072345, 2017,
  • Tracing Dust Input to the Global Ocean using Thorium Isotopes in Marine Sediments: ThoroMap, S S Kienast, G Winckler, J Lippold, S Albani, N M Mahowald, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, doi: 10.1002/2016GB005408, 2016,
  • Sediment sorting and focusing in the eastern equatorial Pacific, D Bista, S S Kienast, P S Hill, M Kienast, 2016, Marine Geology, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2016.09.016, 2016,
  • Millennial-scale Atlantic/East Pacific sea surface temperature linkages during the last 100,000years, N Dubois, M Kienast, S S Kienast, A Timmermann, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2014
  • Near-collapse of the meridional SST gradient in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific during the Heinrich Stadial 1, S S Kienast, T Friedrich, N Dubois, P S Hill, A Timmermann, M Kienast, Paleoceanography, 2013,
  • The acceleration of oceanic denitrification during deglacial warming, NICOPP working group members, Nature Geoscience, June 2013
  • Thorium‐230 normalized particle flux and sediment focusing in the Panama Basin region during the last 30,000 years, S S Kienast, M Kienast, Alan C Mix, SE Calvert, R François, Paleoceanography, vol.22(2), 2007,
  • Eastern Pacific cooling and Atlantic overturning circulation during the last deglaciation, M Kienast, S S Kienast, S E Calvert, T I Eglinton, G Mollenhauer, R François, A C Mix, Nature, vol 443, 2006
  • Sea surface temperatures in the subarctic northeast Pacific reflect millennial‐scale climate oscillations during the last 16 kyrs, S S Kienast, J L McKay, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol 28(8), 2001


  • 2018 NSERC Discovery Grant
  • 2015 Canadian Foundation for Innovation
  • 2015 Schulich Ocean Studies Initiative Award
  • 2012 NSERC Discovery Grant
  • 2012 NSERC Early Career Supplement Competition
  • Captain Thomas S. Bryne Prize
  • Pickard Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Olof Sjobom Memorial Scholarship