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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

 

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Effects of seawater pCO2 and temperature on calcification and productivity in the coral genus Porites spp. Catherine Sarah Cole, Adrian Anthony Finch, Christopher James Hintz, Kenneth Hintz, Nicola Allison
Coral Reefs 2018 vol.37 pp.471-481
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
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology vol.In press
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
Chemical Geology 2018 vol.497 pp.162-169
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
Scientific Reports 2016 vol.6
Corals concentrate dissolved inorganic carbon to facilitate calcification Nicola Allison, I. Cohen, Adrian Anthony Finch, J. Erez, A.W. Tudhope
Nature Communications 2014 vol.5
SIMS sputtering rates in biogenic aragonite Nicola Allison, David Chambers, Adrian Anthony Finch,
Surface and Interface Analysis 2013 vol.45 pp.1389-1394
A high resolution delta C-13 record in a modern Porites lobata coral: Insights into controls on skeletal delta C-13 Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch,
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2012 vol.84 pp.534-542
The skeletal geochemistry of the sclerosponge Astrosclera willeyana Nicola Allison, AW Tudhope,
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 2012 vol.313-314 pp.70-77
Controls on Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca in scleractinian corals Nicola Allison, Itay Cohen, Adrian Anthony Finch, Jonathan Erez,
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2011 vol.75 pp.6350-6360
Effects of seawater pH and calcification rate on test Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca in cultured individuals of the benthic, calcitic foraminifera Elphidium williamsoni, Nicola Allison, Heather Austin, William Austin, David Maxwell Paterson
Chemical Geology 2011 vol.289 pp.171-178
Identification and composition of secondary meniscus calcite in fossil coral and the effect on predicted sea surface temperature P Dalbeck, M Cusack, PS Dobson, Nicola Allison, AE Fallick, AW Tudhope,
Chemical Geology 2011 vol.280 pp.314-322
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
Chemical Geology 2010 vol.270 pp.179-185
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
Chemical Geology 2010 vol.270 pp.179-185
Culture studies of the benthic foraminifera Elphidium williamsoni: Evaluating pH Delta[CO32-] and inter-individual effects on test Mg/Ca Nicola Allison, William Austin, David Maxwell Paterson,
Chemical Geology 2010 vol.274 pp.87-93
Magnesium in palaeoenvironmental carbonates Adrian Anthony Finch, Nicola Allison, Lindsay J Wilson, Ed Hathorne
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2010 vol.74 pp.A293-A293
The potential origins and palaeoenvironmental implications of high temporal resolution d18O heterogeneity in coral skeletons Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch,
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2010 vol.74 pp.5537-5548
The potential origins and palaeoenvironmental implications of high temporal resolution delta O-18 heterogeneity in coral skeletons Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch,
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2010 vol.74 pp.5537-5548
δ11B, Sr, Mg and B in a modern Porites coral Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch,
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2010 vol.74 pp.1790-1800
Controls on delta18O and delta13C profiles within the aragonite bivalve Arctica islandic Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch, C. Andersson, U. S. Ninnemann
The Holocene 2009 vol.19 pp.549-558
Reproducibility of minor and trace element determinations in Porites coral skeletons by secondary ion mass spectrometry Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2009 vol.10 pp.-
Strontium distribution in the shell of the aragonite bivalve Arctica islandica Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch, Carin Andersson
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2009 vol.10
The reproducibility of minor and trace element determinations in Porites coral skeletons by secondary ion mass spectrometry Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2009 vol.10 pp.Q04003
Effects of micromilling on delta O-18 in biogenic aragonite C. Andersson, H. Hoie, Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch, T. Johansen
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2008 vol.9
Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) as a tool for detection of coral diagenesis M Cusack, J England, P Dalbeck, AW Tudhope, AE Fallick, Nicola Allison
Coral Reefs 2008 vol.27 pp.905-911
Mg in aragonitic bivalve shells: seasonal variations and mode of incorporation in Arctica islandica, L Foster, Adrian Anthony Finch, Nicola Allison, c Andersson, LJ Clarke
Chemical Geology 2008 vol.254 pp.113-119
Mg structural state in coral aragonite and implications for the paleoenvironmental proxy Adrian Anthony Finch, Nicola Allison
Geophysical Research Letters 2008 vol.35
Serial Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca chronologies across single benthic foraminifera tests Nicola Allison, William Austin
Chemical Geology 2008 vol.253 pp.83-88
Coordination of Sr and Mg in calcite and aragonite Adrian Anthony Finch, Nicola Allison
Mineralogical Magazine 2007 vol.71 pp.539-552
High temporal resolution Mg/Ca and Ba/Ca records in modern Porites lobata corals Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2007 vol.8 pp.-
Palaeoenvironmental records from fossil corals Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch, JM Webster, DW Clague
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2007 vol.71 pp.4693-4703
Reconstruction of deglacial sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific from selective analysis of a fossil coral Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch, A W Tudhope, M Newville, S R Sutton, R M Ellam
Geophysical Research Letters 2005 vol.32 pp.L17609
Strontium in coral aragonite: 3. Sr coordination and geochemistry in relation to skeletal architecture Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch, M Newville, SV Sutton
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2005 vol.69 pp.3801-3811
Development of a device for indicating bioavailable Cd in estuarine and marine waters S Solbra, Nicola Allison, J Skei, S Waite, S Mikhalovsky
Water Research 2004 vol.38 pp.1586-1594
High resolution Sr/Ca records in modern Porites lobata corals: effects of skeletal extension rate and architecture Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2004 vol.5 pp.Q05001/1-Q05001/10
Strontium in coral aragonite: 2. Sr coordination and the long-term stability of coral environmental records Adrian Anthony Finch, Nicola Allison
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2003 vol.67 pp.4519-4527
The potential of ion microprobe analysis in detecting geochemical variations across individual foraminifera tests Nicola Allison, William Austin
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2003 vol.4 pp.8403
Characterisation of Sr in coral aragonite by EXAFS Adrian Anthony Finch, Nicola Allison, S R Sutton, M Newville
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2002 vol.66 pp.A234-A234
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
Environmental Science and Technology 2001 vol.35 pp.626-629
Strontium heterogeneity and speciation in coral aragonite: Implications for the strontium paleothermometer Nicola Allison, Adrian Anthony Finch, SV Sutton, M Newville
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2001 vol.65 pp.2669-2676

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Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
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