Dr Jenny Gales
Profiles

Dr Jenny Gales

Lecturer in Hydrography & Ocean Exploration

School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Role

  • Lecturer in Hydrography and Ocean Exploration 
  • Research interests: 
    • Submarine geomorphology
    • Process sedimentology and process geomorphology
    • Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
    • High-latitude continental margins, submarine canyons, landslides, gullies, channels, fjords, deltas
    • Marine robotics
I am a lecturer in Hydrography and Ocean Exploration and am actively involved in internally recognised research surrounding slope processes and seafloor morphology. I have been involved in over 10 international research expeditions including two Antarctic expeditions, with a third to the Ross Sea, Antarctica scheduled for January 2018 with the International Ocean Discovery Program. 

Before joining the University of Plymouth I worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the National Oceanography Centre on the NERC-funded 'Coordinated Canyon Experiment' in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), United States Geological Survey, University of Hull and the Ocean University of China. The project aims at understanding what triggers underwater sediment flows, how fast they move, how far they travel and what influence they have on seafloor morphology. The project involves the use of marine robotics, including Remotely Operated Vehicles, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and Surface Autonomous Vehicles to map the seafloor and to provide communication. The 18-month experiment also involved an array of moorings down the axis of the canyon housing a wide range of instruments, and a variety of novel 'smart sensors' to collect seafloor data. During the project I spent 3 months at MBARI on research cruises and working with engineers and scientists there. I am also involved in other canyon-related research, including leading an EUROFLEETS-funded research expedition to the Ross Sea, Antarctica in January 2017 with colleagues at OGS, Italy. Between 2013-2015 I worked as a Marine Geoscientist at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh. I worked on commercial and research driven projects, including reconstructing the offshore glacial history of NW Scotland from seismic data. I did my PhD at the British Antarctic Survey working on understanding the geomorphology of Antarctic continental slopes. I spent a semester at the Arctic University of Norway (University of Tromso) working with experts on Arctic continental slope morphology. I also took an internship with Statoil in Tronheim, Norway. 

Qualifications

2017 -              Lecturer in Hydrography and Ocean Exploration         

2015 - 2017     Post Doctoral Research, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton 
2013 - 2015     Marine Geoscientist, British Geological Survey, Edinburgh
2009 - 2013     PhD, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge
2008 - 2009     MRes, University of Southampton
2005 - 2008     BSc Oceanography with Physical Geography, University of Southampton 


Research interests

  • Submarine geomorphology
  • Process sedimentology and process geomorphology
  • Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
  • High-latitude continental margins, submarine canyons, landslides, gullies, channels, fjords, deltas 
  • Marine robotics

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Gales JA, Larter RD, Leat PT & Jokat W 2016 'Components of an Antarctic trough-mouth fan: examples from the Crary Fan, Weddell Sea' Geological Society, London, Memoirs 46, (1) 377-378 , DOI
Gales JA, Larter RD & Leat PT 2016 'Iceberg ploughmarks and associated sediment ridges on the southern Weddell Sea margin' Geological Society, London, Memoirs 46, (1) 289-290 , DOI
Gales JA, Larter RD & Leat PT 2016 'Submarine gullies on the southern Weddell Sea slope, Antarctica' Geological Society, London, Memoirs 46, (1) 383-384 , DOI
Gales JA, Leat PT, Larter RD, Kuhn G, Hillenbrand C-D, Graham AGC, Mitchell NC, Tate AJ, Buys GB & Jokat W 2014 'Large-scale submarine landslides, channel and gully systems on the southern Weddell Sea margin, Antarctica' Marine Geology 348, 73-87 , DOI
Gales JA, Forwick M, Laberg JS, Vorren TO, Larter RD, Graham AGC, Baeten NJ & Amundsen HB 2013 'Arctic and Antarctic submarine gullies—A comparison of high latitude continental margins' Geomorphology 201, 449-461 , DOI
Gales JA, Larter RD, Mitchell NC & Dowdeswell JA 2013 'Geomorphic signature of Antarctic submarine gullies: Implications for continental slope processes' Marine Geology 337, 112-124 , DOI
Larter RD, Graham AGC, Hillenbrand C-D, Smith JA & Gales JA 2012 'Late Quaternary grounded ice extent in the Filchner Trough, Weddell Sea, Antarctica: new marine geophysical evidence' Quaternary Science Reviews 53, 111-122 , DOI
Gales JA, Larter RD, Mitchell NC, Hillenbrand C-D, Østerhus S & Shoosmith DR 2012 'Southern Weddell Sea shelf edge geomorphology: Implications for gully formation by the overflow of high-salinity water' Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 117, (F4) n/a-n/a , DOI
Chapters
Forwick M, Laberg JS, Husum K & Gales JA 2016 'Submarine Mass Wasting on Hovgaard Ridge, Fram Strait, European Arctic' 253-263 Author Site , DOI
Conference Papers
Forwick M, Laberg JS, Husum K & Gales JA 2016 'Submarine mass wasting on hovgaard ridge, fram strait, European arctic' 253-263 , DOI