Project EARTH-17-RR1: Reconstructing past climates and physiology using new old molecules

Supervisor: Prof. Ros Rickaby

We have pioneered novel approaches for extracting organic molecules associated with biominerals within ocean sediments. This provides an exciting new avenue for reconstructing the biochemistry of biomineralisation over millions of years as well as allowing insight into evolving physiological adaptation to the environment captured within isotopes of these molecules. This project aims to calibrate and apply our new techniques to develop records of evolving mineralisation in response to altered saturation state of the ocean in the past. The student will be trained in molecular biological techniques, culture of algae and state of the art isotopic analysis.