New posts in biomineralisation

We’ve just advertised 2 posts to recruit a PDRA and a RA/PDRA for the lab. The 2 posts are:

Post-doctoral research fellow (3 years) on the NERC funded project ‘Trace element and isotope partitioning in carbonates in simulated biological environments’.

Post-graduate research assistant (9 months) on the Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘The control of coral biomineralisation’ .

To apply for either post go here and search for posts in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. For further information contact me at na9 at Closing date 22 October 2018.


European Microbeam Analysis Society

7 September 2018 – This week I’m in Bristol for the EMAS workshop on Microbeam Analysis in the Earth Sciences. I’m giving an invited talk on ‘SIMS in synthetic and biological carbonates’.

NERC funding

August 2018 – Really pleased to hear that my latest standard grant application to NERC has been funded. It’s a 3 year project, ‘Trace element and isotope partitioning in carbonates in simulated biological environments‘, in collaboration with Kirsty Penkman and Roland Kroger (both University of York), Matthieu Clog (University of Glasgow) and Adrian Finch (University of St. Andrews). We’ll be recruiting a post-doc for the project shortly.

Teaching innovation

May 2018 –  I’m the recipient of this years University of St. Andrews Student Association award for Innovative Teaching. I was nominated by my students which was really satisfying!

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More biomineralisation….

Finishing off my experiments in Jerusalem. The right image shows the aragonite skeleton forming under the coral tissue (visible as a grey film just covering the crystals) and the left image shows the distribution of the dye calcein (bright = dye, dark = no dye). Calcein is membrane impermeable and it is present in seawater (bottom left corner) and where seawater has been transported under the tissue (bright ends of some crystals).