Laurie Menviel
Dr Laurie Menviel
Scientia Fellow
Field of Research: 
Carbon cycle, paleoclimatology, abrupt climate change
Contact details:

Climate Change Research Centre
Level 4, Mathews Building (F23)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research & Current Projects


Past to future changes in ocean circulation and their impact on climate, carbon cycle and ice-sheets.


SBS (15 February 2016) Ice age carbon hid deep in the Atlantic Ocean, new study reveals

ABC Science (29 May 2014) Study shows Antarctica's impact on sea



Research Team


Shannon Bengtson (PhD candidate)

Nick Yeung (Honours candidate)


Witek Bagniewski (PhD, 2016) – "Oxygen isotopic response to changes in meridional overturning circulation during the last glacial period and deglaciation”.

Shirley Qin (PhD, 2016) – “A lagrangian analysis of circulation and productivity in the tropical Pacific Ocean”



Refereed Journal Articles
  1. Kobashi, T., L. Menviel, A. Jeltsch-Thömmes, B. M. Vinther, J. E. Box, R. Muscheler, T. Nakaegawa, P. L.Pfister, M. Döring, M. Leuenberger, H. Wanner, A. Ohmura, Volcanic influence on centennial to millennial Holocene Greenland temperature change, 2017, Scientific Reports, 7, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01451-7
  2. Bagniewski, W., K.J. Meissner, L. Menviel, Exploring the oxygen isotope fingerprint of Dansgaard-Oeschger variability and Heinrich events, 2017, Quaternary Science Reviews, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.01.007
  3. Fogwill, C.j., C.S.M. Turney, N.R. Golledge, D. Etheridge, M. Rubino, D.P. Thornton, A. Baker, J. Woodward, K. Winter, T.D. van Ommen, A.D. Moy, M.A.J. Curran, S.M. Davies, M.E. Weber, M.I. Bird, N.C. Munksgaard, L. Menviel, C.M. Rootes, B. Ellis, H. Millman, J. Vohra, A. Rivera, A. Cooper, Antarctic ice sheet discharge driven by atmosphere-ocean feedbacks at the Last Glacial Termination, 2017, Scientific Reports, 7, doi:10.1038/srep39979
  4. Menviel, L.,  J. Yu, F. Joos, A. Mouchet, K.J. Meissner, M. England, Poorly ventilated deep ocean at the Last Glacial Maximum inferred from carbon isotopes: a data-model comparison study, 2017, Paleoceanography, doi:10.1002/2016PA003024
  5. Qin, X., L. Menviel, A. Sen Gupta, E. van Sebille, “Iron sources and pathways into the Pacific Equatorial Undercurrent”, 2016, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2016GL070501
  6. Stockhecke, M., A. Timmermann, R. Kipfer, G.H. Haug, O. Kwiecien, T. Friedrich, L. Menviel, T. Litt, N. Pickarski, F.S. Anselmetti, “Millennial to orbital-scale variations of drought intensity in the Eastern Mediterranean”, 2016, Quaternary Science Reviews, 133, 77-95
  7. Yu, J., L. Menviel, Z. Jin, D. Thornalley, S. Barker, G. Marino, E. Rohling, Y. Cai, F. Zhang, X. Wang, Y. Dai, P. Chen, W. Broecker, “Deep Atlantic carbon sequestration and atmospheric CO2 decline during the last glaciation”, 2016, Nature Geoscience, NGS-2015-04-00579C
  8. Zheng, X., S. Kao, Z. Chen, L. Menviel, H. Chen, Y. Du, S. Wan, H. Yan, Z. Liu, L. Zheng, S. Wang, D. Li, X. Zhang, “Deepwater circulation variation in the South China Sea since the Last Glacial Maximum”, 2016, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2016GL070342
  9. Bagniewski, W., K.J. Meissner, L. Menvie, C.E. BrennanQuantification of factors impacting seawater and calcite δ18O during Heinrich Stadials 1 and 4, 2015, Paleoceanography, 30, p.895-911, doi:10.1002/2014PA002751
  10. Freeman, E., L.C. Skinner, A. Tisserand, T. Dokken, A. Timmermann, L. Menviel, T. Friedrich, “An Atlantic-Pacific ventilation seesaw across the last deglaciation”, 2015, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 424, p237-244, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.05.032
  11. Gottschalk, J., L.C. Skinner, S. Misra, C. Waelbroeck, L. Menviel, A. Timmermann, “Abrupt changes in the southern extent of North Atlantic DeepWater during Dansgaard-Oeschger events”, 2015, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/NGEO2558
  12. Menviel, L., A. Mouchet, K.J. Meissner, F. Joos and M. England, "Impact of oceanic circulation changes on atmospheric d13CO2”, 2015, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, doi:10.1002/2015GB005207
  13. Menviel, L., P. Spence and M. England, “Contribution of enhanced Antarctic Bottom Water formation to Antarctic warm events and millennial-scale atmospheric CO2 increase”, 2015, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 413, p 37-50
  14.  Golledge, N., L. Menviel, L. Carter, C. Fogwill, M. England, G. Cortese, and R. Levy, “Antarctic contribution to meltwater pulse 1A from reduced Southern Ocean overturning”, 2014, Nature Communications, 5, NCOMMS-14-05735B
  15. Menviel, L., A. Timmermann, T. Friedrich, M.H. England, “Hindcasting the Continuum of Dansgaard-Oeschger variability”, 2014, Climate of the Past, 10, 63-77, CP-2031-120
  16. Menviel, L., M.H. England, K. Meissner, A. Mouchet, J. Yu, “Atlantic-Pacific seesaw and its role in outgassing CO2 during Heinrich events”, 2014, Paleoceanography, 29, 2013PA002542
  17. Weber, M.E., P.U. Clark, G. Kuhn, A. Timmermann, D. Sprenk, R. Gladstone, X. Zhang, G. Lohmann, L. Menviel, M.O. Chikamoto, T. Friedrich, and C. Ohlwein, “Millennial-scale variability in Antarctic ice-sheet discharge during the last deglaciation”, 2014, Nature, 509, doi:10.1038/nature13397
  18. Yu, J., R. Anderson, Z. Jin, L. Menviel, F. Zhang, F. Ryerson, E. Rohling, “Deep South Atlantic carbonate chemistry and increased interocean deep water exchange during last deglaciation”, 2014, Quaternary Science Reviews, 90, p80-89, JQSR-D-13-00484R1
  19. Ritz, S.P., T.F. Stocker, J. Grimalt, L. Menviel, A. Timmermann, “A quantitative reconstruction of deglacial Atlantic overturning circulation strength”, 2013, Nature Geoscience, 6, p208-212, doi:10.1038/ngeo1723
  20. Chikamoto, M., L. Menviel, A. Abe Ouchi, R. Ohgaito, A. Timmermann, Y. Okazaki, N. Harada, A. Oka, “Variability of North Pacific Intermediate-Deep Water ventilation during Heinrich events in two coupled models”, 2012, Deep Sea Research II, 61-64, p114-126
  21. Harada, N., M. Sato, O. Seki, A. Timmermann, H. Moossen, J. Bendle, Y. Nakamura, K. Kimoto, Y. Okazaki, K. Nagashima, S.A. Gorbarenko, A. Ijiri, T. Nakatsuka, L. Menviel, M.O. Chikamoto, A. Abe-Ouchi, S. Schouten, “Sea surface temperature changes in the Okhotsk Sea and adjacent North Pacific during the last glacial maximum and deglaciation”, 2012, Deep Sea Research II, 61-64, p93-105
  22. Menviel, L., F. Joos and S.P. Ritz, “Atmospheric CO2, 13C and the marine carbon cycle during the last glacial-interglacial cycle: possible role for a deepening of the mean remineralization depth and an increase in the oceanic nutrient inventory”, 2012, Quaternary Science Reviews, 56, p 46-68
  23. Menviel, L. and F. Joos, “Towards explaining the Holocene carbon dioxide and carbon isotope records: Results from transient ocean carbon cycle-climate simulations”, 2012, Paleoceanography, 27, doi:10.1029/2011PA002224
  24. Menviel, L., A. Timmermann, O. Timm, A. Mouchet, A. Abe Ouchi, M. Chikamoto, N.  Harada, R. Ohgaito, Y. Okazaki, “Removing the North Pacific halocline: Effects on global climate, ocean circulation and the carbon cycle”, 2012, Deep Sea Research II, 61-64, p106-113
  25. Bozbiyik, A., M. Steinacher, F. Joos, T. F. Stocker, L. Menviel, “Fingerprints of changes in the terrestrial carbon cycle in response to large reorganizations in ocean circulation”, 2011, Climate of the Past, 7, 319-338
  26. Menviel, L., A. Timmermann, O. Timm, A. Mouchet, “Deconstructing the Last Glacial Termination: the role of millennial and orbital-scale forcings”, 2011, Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 1155-1172
  27. Friedrich, T., A. Timmermann, L. Menviel, O. Timm, A. Mouchet, D. Roche, “Orbital Modulation of millennial-scale climate variability in an earth system model of intermediate complexity”, 2010, Geoscientific Model Development, 3, 377-389
  28. McLeod, E., R. Moffitt, A. Timmermann, R. Salm, L. Menviel, M. Palmer, E. Selig, K.S. Casey and J. Bruno, “Warming Seas in the coral triangle: coral reef vulnerability and management implications”, 2010, Coastal Management, 38, 518-539
  29. Menviel, L.; Timmermann, A.; Timm, O. Elison; Mouchet, A., “Climate and biogeochemical response to a rapid melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during interglacials and implications for future climate”,2010, Paleoceanography, Vol. 25, No. 4, PA4231, doi: 10.1029/2009PA001892
  30. Okazaki, Y., A. Timmermann, L. Menviel, N. Harada, A. Abe Ouchi, M. Chikamoto, “North Pacific Meridional Overturning Circulation during Heinrich Event I”, 2010, Science, 329, 200-204
  31. Timm. O., P. Koehler, A. Timmermann, L. Menviel, “Mechanisms for the onset of the African Humid Period and Sahara greening 14.5-11 ka B.P.”, 2010, Journal of Climate, 23, 2612-2633, doi:10.1175/2010JCLI3217.1
  32. Timmermann, A., L. Menviel, “What drives climate flip-flop?”, 2009, Science, 325, 273-274, DOI: 10.1126/science.1177159
  33. Timmermann, A., L. Menviel, Y. Okumura, A. Schilla, U. Merkel, O. Timm, A. Hu, B. Otto-Bliesner and M. Schulz, “Towards a quantitative understanding of millennial-scale Antarctic Warming Events”, 2009, Quaternary Science Reviews, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.06.021
  34. Timmermann, A., O. Timm, L.Stott and L. Menviel, “The roles of CO2 and orbital forcing in driving Southern Hemispheric temperature variations during the last 21 000 yr”, 2009, Journal of Climate, 22, 1626-1640
  35. Menviel, L., A. Timmermann, A. Mouchet and O. Timm, “Climate and marine carbon cycle response to changes in the strength of the southern hemispheric westerlies”, 2008, Paleoceanography, 23, doi:10.1029/2008PA001604
  36. Menviel, L., A. Timmermann, A. Mouchet and O. Timm, “Meridional reorganizations of marine and terrestrial productivity during Heinrich events”, 2008, Paleoceanography, 23, doi:10.1029/2007PA001445
  37. Li,Y-H., L.Menviel and T.-H Peng, “Nitrate deficits by nitrification and denitrification processes in the Indian Ocean”, 2006, Deep Sea Research Part I, 53 (1), 94-110
  38. Gaidos, E., B. Deschenes, L. Dundon, K. Fagan, C. McNaughton, L. Menviel, N. Moskovitz, and M. Workman, “Beyond the principle of plentitude: A review of terrestrial planet habitability”, 2005, Astrobiology, 5 (2), 100-126