Dr James Rae
My research focuses on Earth's carbon cycle and climate. I am particularly interested in major environmental change in Earth's past, including rapid CO2 and climate change during the ice ages, the long-term chemical evolution of Earth's ocean and atmosphere, and the enivornmental perturbations that led to mass extinction.
To address these questions I use novel geochemical measurements on fossils, sediments, water, and ice, with a focus on the boron isotope proxy for pH and CO2. I am a PI of the St Andrews isotope Geochemistry labs (STAiG), a state-of-the-art clean room and mass spectrometry facility. I also use a variety of numerical tools to explore mechanisms of environmental change, including the cGENIE Earth System model.
I'm also fascinated by biomineralisation processes in corals and foraminifera, and the insights that geochemistry offers into calcification and ocean acidification.
I give regular public shows, lectures, and teacher development workshops on climate change. I am currently developing a series of teaching resources with Geobus and serve on the board of the Royal Meteorological Society's MetLink outreach programme.
You can follow me on Twitter @mudwaterclimate
For more information please see my website.
Open positions for postdoctoral fellows!
I am currently looking for postdoctoral fellows to join our group as part of my ERC project "100 Myr of ocean pH & atmospheric CO2". For more info and how to apply see the official advertisement. This first call closes 21 June 2019, but there will be other opportunties to join this team, so please get in touch if you're interested in CO2 reconstruction over the last 100 Million years.
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Geophysical Research Letters vol.In press
Nature 2018 vol.562 pp.569-573
Quaternary Science Reviews 2018 vol.191 pp.256-274
Chemical Geology 2018 vol.497 pp.162-169
Biogeosciences 2018 vol.15 pp.3779-3794
Paleoceanography 2017 vol.32 pp.580-599
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences 2016 vol.371
Marine Micropaleontology 2016 vol.128 pp.28-38
Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 2016 vol.44
Nature 2015 vol.518 pp.219-22
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2015 vol.16 pp.1052-1069
Nature Geoscience 2015 vol.8 pp.420
Nature Geoscience 2014 vol.7 pp.606-611
Paleoceanography 2013 vol.28 pp.237-252
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 2013 vol.364 pp.111-122
Chemical Geology 2013 vol.358 pp.1-14
Quaternary Science Reviews 2013 vol.76 pp.39-52
Chemical Geology 2013 vol.355 pp.69-87
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 2012 vol.341-344 pp.243-254
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 2011 vol.302 pp.403-413
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2010 vol.11
Contact Details:Dr James Rae
University of St Andrews
tel: 01334 463910
Scottish Oceans Institute
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
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