Claire Penny


  • Secretary, 2023-2024



Claire is a third year PhD researcher at Durham University, studying Antarctic summer sea ice variability in the Holocene reconstructed using a novel biological proxy: fossilised snow petrel stomach oil deposits. These small seabirds, endemic to Antarctica, could hold the key to understanding more about how Antarctic ecosystems are intrinsically linked to sea ice and climate interactions across space and time.

Claire holds a B.Sc in Geology and Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and a M.Sc in Petroleum Geoscience from Imperial College London. 

Outside of academia her time is either spent up a Scottish mountain, walking in the Durham dales or competing her horse in showjumping competitions.