Reconstructing Ocean Acidification and its Impacts at High Resolution

   School of Geographical and Earth Sciences

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  Dr N Kamenos, Prof M Cusack  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Atmospheric CO2 increases since industrialisation have led to a 0.09 unit drop in the pH of surface oceans – a process known as ocean acidification (OA). Continued anthropogenic CO2 emissions throughout the 21st century are projected to cause ocean pH to drop by 0.3 – 0.5 units. There are great concerns that projected OA will have detrimental effects on marine organisms and the resources they supply. Biogenic calcium carbonate is abundant in the marine environment where many marine invertebrates produce calcium carbonate structures. This research will calibrate marine calcifying organisms that are robust to OA as pH proxies and use them to reconstruct palaeo-pH at high resolution. Changes in pH will also be compared to changes in marine productivity.

This study will involve laboratory and mesocosm studies, biogeochemical analyses as well as some field work using SCUBA (not compulsory). The student will be based in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

Funding Notes

Funding is available for UK & EU students and possibly exceptional international students. For eligibility information contact the supervisors supplying a current CV before applying. For application information view the School’s website ( ) and apply via the website of the University of Glasgow, College of Science and Engineering (
Application Deadline: 28 February, 2011.