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Dr Christopher Standish 

Research Fellow in Isotope Geochemistry

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

2020 – Present: Research Fellow, Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton.

2019: Marine Geochemist, National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

2017 – 2019: Research Fellow, Ocean and 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 oceans, climate, and human societies of the past. In particular, I specialise in the use of (MC)-ICP-MS, and laser ablation systems for the in-situ analysis of solid-state samples.

My current research focuses on in-situ isotope (B, U-Th) and trace element (e.g. B/Ca, Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca, U/Ca) analyses of marine carbonates. Focussing on scleractinian corals, this is to both investigate the palaeo-environmental conditions in which they grew (e.g. pH, temperature), and to date their formation. Such geochemical systems also allow calculation of the carbonate system parameters of the organisms calcifying fluid, permitting investigations into how these animals precipitate their coral skeleton. This forms the focus of my current work – the ERC funded Microns2Reefs project – which aims to generate a mechanistic understanding of coral skeleton growth to enable a better understanding of the fate of coral reefs in the future.

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

Laser ablation MC-ICP-MS
Laser ablation MC-ICP-MS
SEM image of a Porites coral
SEM image of a Porites coral

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Affiliate research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

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

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