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Miss Hannah Donald MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience

Postgraduate research student

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Miss Hannah Donald is Postgraduate research student within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2013-present: PhD student, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

2009-2013: MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience (First Class Honours), University of Bristol

Final year thesis: “The Aqueous Chemistry of Diboronic Acid”

Industrial Experience
2011-2012: GEO Speciality Chemicals UK Ltd., Southampton
Worked in an industrial research and development laboratory involved with methacrylate monomers, including optimisation and synthesis of new products





Research interests

The ocean carbonate system is a vital component of global climate, and climate change. Investigating past ocean conditions may improve our understanding of the current, and future, climates. The atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is related to the acidity (pH) of the oceans, so by examining past ocean pH, carbon dioxide levels can be inferred. The boron isotope palaeo-pH proxy has been recently established using foraminifera, however there is a distinct lack of these zooplankton in the key Southern Ocean region. Diatoms are abundant in the Southern Ocean, and my work involves developing the boron isotope pH proxy for use with diatoms, therefore exposing a previously under-explored region for answers to climate change questions.

Project Title: Boron Isotopes in Diatoms: a Proxy for pH?


Dr Gavin Foster
Dr Mark Moore
Dr Alex Poulton

Research group


Affiliate research groups

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate, Marine Biogeochemistry

Research project(s)

Past and Present Ocean Acidification

Environmental Sub-Committee post-grad representative

Health and Safety Committee post-grad representative


SOES1005 Introduction to Biogeochemistry

SOES2027 Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography II


Miss Hannah Donald
Student Office, Room 166/09 University of Southampton Waterfront Campus National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH

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