Blog

PhD Scholarship in climate change and mollusc shells

The University of St Andrews and Macquarie University are pleased to offer a fully funded scholarship for entry in 2022 to support an exceptional student undertaking doctoral research on the impact of warming and ocean acidification on mollusc shells. The student will be jointly supervised by me (University of St Andrews) and Matthew Kosnik (Macquarie University). Further details here.

The biomin group

Here’s a photo of the current group for the summer 2021/22. From left to right: Ana Doldan (MSc student), Nora von Xylander (PhD student), Nicky Allison (PI), Emily Prosser (MSc student), Cristina Castillo (PDRA), Mind Chomhom (PhD student). Missing on the day Elisha Hayes!

Moving the lab

I’ve been a bit quiet over the past year but there has been a lot going on. We have moved the lab into the new Scottish Oceans Institute building at the East Sands. It’s been busy and not without some hiccups i.e. breakages 😦 , but we are now set up and running. Here’s a picture of the building:

Do organic pollutants influence calcium carbonate precipitation?

Aragonite precipitateContaminants 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.