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Dr Nicky Allison

Dr Nicky Allison
Senior Lecturer


 

I study biomineralisation and the chemistry of biogenic carbonates. I maintain a sophisticated aquarium facility for the culture of tropical corals and other organisms over variable seawater pCO2, alkalinity and temperature scenarios. My current research interests include:

Biomineralisation and climate change: I study biomineralisation in tropical reef building corals and the impact of climate change e.g. rising seawater temperatures and ocean acidification, on coral calcification and metabolic processes.

The geochemistry of biogenic carbonates: The skeletal chemistry of marine organisms may record information on the local environmental conditions prevailing at the time of their deposition and the analysis of fossil specimens can be used to estimate past climate. My research focuses on understanding the environmental and biological processes which affect the skeletal geochemistry of corals, foraminifera and sclerosponges.

Reconstruction of tropical and sub-tropical Pacific seawater temperatures: I am using measurements of Sr/Ca, δ11B and δ18O in fossil corals from Papua New Guinea, Hawaii and the Great Barrier Reef to reconstruct records of sea surface temperature, ice volume and regional salinity in the Pacific Ocean at key times in the Quaternary and beyond.

Current funding:
The Leverhulme Trust: The control of coral biomineralisation

Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland: Identifying the source of skeletal carbon for tropical reef building corals

source: symbiosis

 

Recent publications


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2018 (6)
Coral Reefs
vol.37 pp.471-481
(Article)

Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
vol.In press 
(Article)
Influences of coral genotype and seawater pCO2 on skeletal Ba/Ca and Mg/Ca in cultured massive Porites spp. corals
Nicola Allison, Catherine Sarah Cole, Christopher James Hintz, Kenneth Hintz, Adrian Anthony Finch 
Keywords: Calcification, Photosynthesis, Respiration, KD Ba/Ca, KD Mg/Ca, Coral
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 (31/5)
Scientific Reports
vol.6 
(Article)
Understanding cold bias: variable response of skeletal Sr/Ca to seawater pCO2 in acclimated massive Porites corals
Catherine Sarah Cole, Adrian Anthony Finch, Christopher Hintz, Kenneth Hintz, Nicola Allison 
2014 (22/12)
Nature Communications
vol.5 
(Article)
Corals concentrate dissolved inorganic carbon to facilitate calcification
Nicola Allison, I. Cohen, Adrian Anthony Finch, J. Erez, A.W. Tudhope 
2013 (9)
Surface and Interface Analysis
vol.45 pp.1389-1394
(Article)
2012 (1/5)
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.84 pp.534-542
(Article)
2012 (1)
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
vol.313-314 pp.70-77
(Article)
2011 (1/11)
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.75 pp.6350-6360
(Article)
Controls on Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca in scleractinian corals
Nicola Allison, Itay Cohen, Adrian Anthony Finch, Jonathan Erez,  
2011
Chemical Geology
vol.289 pp.171-178
(Article)
2011
Chemical Geology
vol.280 pp.314-322
(Article)
2010 (15/2)
Chemical Geology
vol.270 pp.179-185
(Article)
Ba XAFS in Ba-rich standard minerals and the potential for determining Ba structural state in calcium carbonate
Adrian Anthony Finch, Nicola Allison, Hannah Steaggles, J. Fred W. Mosselmans 
2010
Chemical Geology
vol.270 pp.179-185
(Article)
Ba XAFS of Ba-rich standard minerals and the potential for determining Ba structural state in calcium carbonate
Adrian Anthony Finch, Nicola Allison, H Steaggles, CV Wood, JFW Mosselmans 
2010 (6)
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.74 pp.A293-A293
(Abstract)
Magnesium in palaeoenvironmental carbonates
Adrian Anthony Finch, Nicola Allison, Lindsay J Wilson, Ed Hathorne 
2010
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.74 pp.5537-5548
(Article)
2010 (1/10)
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.74 pp.5537-5548
(Article)
2010 (15/3)
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.74 pp.1790-1800
(Article)
δ11B, Sr, Mg and B in a modern Porites coral
Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch,  
2009 (6)
The Holocene
vol.19 pp.549-558
(Article)
Controls on delta18O and delta13C profiles within the aragonite bivalve Arctica islandic
Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch, C. Andersson, U. S. Ninnemann 
2009 (1/4)
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
vol.10 pp.-
(Article)
2009 (6/3)
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
vol.10 
(Article)
Strontium distribution in the shell of the aragonite bivalve Arctica islandica
Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch, Carin Andersson 
2009
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
vol.10 pp.Q04003
(Article)
2008 (5/4)
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
vol.9 
(Article)
2008 (30/8)
Chemical Geology
vol.254 pp.113-119
(Article)
2007 (2/5)
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
vol.8 pp.-
(Article)
2007 (1/10)
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.71 pp.4693-4703
(Article)
2005 (13/9)
Geophysical Research Letters
vol.32 pp.L17609
(Article)
2005 (1/8)
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.69 pp.3801-3811
(Article)
2004 (3)
Water Research
vol.38 pp.1586-1594
(Article)
2003 (12)
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.67 pp.4519-4527
(Article)
2002 (8)
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.66 pp.A234-A234
(Abstract)
Characterisation of Sr in coral aragonite by EXAFS
Adrian Anthony Finch, Nicola Allison, S R Sutton, M Newville 
2001
Environmental Science and Technology
vol.35 pp.626-629
(Article)
Cesium and Strontium Ion Exchange on the Framework Titanium Silicate M2Ti2O3SiO4 · nH2O (M = H, Na)
S Solbra, Nicola Allison, S Waite, SV Mikhalovsky, AI Bortun, ~Missing Data Bortun LN, ~Missing Data Clearfield A 
2001 (8)
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.65 pp.2669-2676
(Article)

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Dr Nicky Allison
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
Fife
UK

tel: +44 01334 463952
fax: +44 01334 463949
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email: na9@st-andrews.ac.uk

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