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Dr James Rae

Dr James Rae
Research Fellow


 

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

PhD projects for 2018 entry

If you are interested in joining my group as a PhD student please take a look at the projects below and get in touch!

60 million years of CO2

Ocean acidification and mass extinction

Snowguns, seesaws, and CO2: million-year to millennial climate and productivity change in the Arctic

Modelling rapid CO2 and climate change in the Southern Ocean

Research Group

Postdocs

Dr William Gray

Dr Rosanna Greenop

Dr Rhian Rees-Own

PhD Students

Ben Taylor

Jess Crumpton-Banks

Eloise Littley

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Recent publications


8  (of 8 published available) for jwbr with keyword CO2 clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details.

2018
pp.107-143
(Chapter (peer-reviewed))
2018 (24/10)
Nature
vol.562 pp.569-573
(Letter)
CO2 storage and release in the deep Southern Ocean on millennial to centennial timescales
James William Buchanan Rae, Andrea Burke, L. F. Robinson, J. F. Adkins, T. Chen, Catherine Sarah Cole, Rosanna Greenop, T. Li, Dan Constantin Nita, J. A. Stewart,  

Nature Geoscience

(Article)
Deglacial upwelling, productivity and CO2 outgassing in the North Pacific Ocean
William Robert Gray, James William Buchanan Rae, Robert C. J. Wills, Amelia E. Shevenell, Andrea Burke, Gavin L. Foster, Caroline H. Lear 
2018 (10/10)
Chemical Geology
vol.497 pp.162-169
(Article)
The effect of ocean acidification on tropical coral calcification
Nicola Allison, Catherine Sarah Cole, Christopher James Hintz, Kenneth Hintz, James William Buchanan Rae, Adrian Anthony Finch 
Keywords: B/Ca, Dissolved inorganic carbon, Coral, Calcification, Calcification fluid, δ11B
2016 (5)
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences
vol.371 
(Article)
Biogeochemical significance of pelagic ecosystem function
Michael Henehan, Pincelli Hull, Donald Penman, James William Buchanan Rae, Daniela Schmidt 
Keywords: LOSCAR, Ecosystem Function, Bolide Impact, Biogeochemical Cycling, Cretaceous-Palaeogene Extinction, Mass extinction
2016 (6)
Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences
vol.44 
(Article)
Reconstructing ocean pH with boron isotopes in foraminifera
Gavin Foster, James William Buchanan Rae 
2015 (12/2)
Nature
vol.518 pp.219-22
(Article)
Boron isotope evidence for oceanic carbon dioxide leakage during the last deglaciation
M A Martínez-Botí, G Marino, G L Foster, P Ziveri, M J Henehan, James William Buchanan Rae, P G Mortyn, D Vance 
2014 (6)
Paleoceanography

(Article)
Deep water formation in the North Pacific and deglacial CO2 rise
James William Buchanan Rae, Michael Sarnthein, Gavin Foster, Andy Ridgwell, Pieter Grootes, Tim Elliott 
Keywords: radiocarbon, boron isotopes, North Pacific, deglacial CO2, deep water formation, atmospheric teleconnections

Contact Details:

Dr James Rae
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
Fife
UK

tel: 01334 463910
fax:
room: 502
email: jwbr@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Scottish Oceans Institute
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
STAIG
STAIG Principle Investigators

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Contact

The Secretary
Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB
Scotland
UK

tel: +44 (0) 1334 463472
fax: +44 (0) 1334 463443
email: soi@st-andrews.ac.uk

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