Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) are pollutants that may cause adverse environmental impacts but are typically not regulated under current environmental laws. Organic CECs are commonly used in food additives, personal care products and pharmaceuticals, have high chemical stability and are usually not removed during conventional waste water treatment. I’ve been awarded a small grant from MASTS to research if these compounds can affect the formation of shells, tests and skeletons by marine calcareous organisms.
August 2020 – Freya Masters wrote a blog on my research and outreach here. We talked about Earth Day 2020 and how to plan activities to engage the public in climate change research.
I am currently advertising 3 PhD studentship projects for the lab:
This is a project to determine how lipids influence aragonite precipitation and to identify how future climate change will affect the lipid role in tropical corals. The project is co-supervised by Prof Terry Smith in the School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews. This project is fully funded by a St Andrews Scholarship from St Leonard’s Postgraduate College and is open to all UK, EU and international students. The closing date is 16 January 2020.
The aims of this project are to identify how orthophosphate affects the formation and structure of the coral skeleton. This mechanistic understanding is needed to improve coral reef management in areas adversely affected by nutrient inputs and eutrophication. This project is co-supervised with Dr Heidi Burdett, Heriot-Watt University and is eligible for NERC funding via the IAPETUS 2 doctoral training partnership. The closing date is 10 January 2020.
The aims of this project are to investigate how biomolecules affect diagenesis and dissolution of aragonites and calcites and to determine how diagenesis affects the CaCO3 palaeoproxy signatures commonly used to reconstruct past environmental conditions. This project is co-supervised with Dr Stuart Jones, University of Durham and is eligible for NERC funding via the IAPETUS 2 doctoral training partnership. The closing date is 10 January 2020.