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.
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!
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).
21 March 2018 – I’m working at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with Jonathan Erez. We are growing corals over glass slides and using an inverted microscope to study the formation of the aragonite skeleton in real time.
March 2018 – Out this week in Coral Reefs, our new paper on the coral calcification response to increases in seawater pCO2 and temperature: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00338-018-1672-3?wt_mc=Internal.Event.1.SEM.ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst
I’m having a quiet Monday evening running the ion probe in Edinburgh, looking at the effects of ocean acidification on coral biomineralisation. It’s just me and the corals…
I’ve been interviewed (briefly) by reporter Steph Yin for a New York Times article on coral biomineralisation: In Coral Skeletons, Microscopic Portraits of Resilience? (picture credit: Viacheslav Manichev and Stanislas Von Euw).