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Dr Christopher Standish PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Christopher Standish is a Research Fellow in Geochemistry within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2017 – Present: Research Fellow, Ocean & Earth Science, University of Southampton.

2014 – 2017: Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton.

2012 – 2014: Research Assistant, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.

2008 – 2012: PhD in Geochemistry, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the application of isotope geochemistry to the study of climate and human societies in the past. In particular I specialise in the use of multi-collector ICP-MS, laser ablation systems for the in-situ analysis of solid-state samples, and the development of novel ion exchange chromatographic procedures.

My current research focus on in-situ B and U-Th isotope analyses of marine carbonates. 11B/10B acts as a proxy for the pH of the water in which a marine carbonate grew, and therefore permits investigations into changes in ocean pH from periods that predate the onset of modern programmes of scientific measurement. This in turn enables studies of historical ocean acidification and ocean-climate interactions. U-Th analysis enables certain fossil archives, such as corals, to be accurately and precisely dated, placing their geochemical records into an absolute time-series.

My other research interests surround the application of isotope geochemistry to archaeology, including: dating the origins and development of Palaeolithic cave painting by U-series disequilibrium, investigating the procurement, exploitation and consumption of raw materials (specifically gold) through Pb isotope analysis, and shedding light on patterns of population mobility through Sr isotope analysis.

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Affiliate research groups

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate, The Foster Lab

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Dr Christopher Standish
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/184/11

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