24 January 2020 – I’m spending a quiet day playing with the new Cameca 7f in the NERC ion probe facility at the University of Edinburgh. I’m developing boron analysis in some cultured corals stained with calcein. It’s been an interesting day and I’m hopeful that it’s going to work!
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.
September 2019 – I gave a keynote at the annual conference of the German Geological Society in Munster this week. After a minor hiccup (there are 2 Munsters in Germany, Munster and Münster, and I bought train tickets to the wrong one!) all went well. I spoke on ‘Coral geochemistry – a window into the biomineralisation process’.
19 August 2019. This week I’m in Barcelona for the 2019 Goldschmidt Geochemistry meeting. I travelled to the meeting by train!
I’ve written a blog post on some of the recent work in the coral lab for VisitScotland’s Scotland is Now website. Read about a little piece of the tropics in St. Andrews here.