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Dr Leanne Melbourne

Dr Leanne Melbourne

Dr Leanne Melbourne


Area of research

The impact of climate change on marine organisms

Office G39
School of Earth Sciences,
Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road BS8 1RJ
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Research summary

Rising levels of anthropogenic CO2 in the atmosphere are leading to environmental changes in the ocean, such as warming and acidification, with calcifying organisms at risk due to the decreasing ability to calcify in a more acidic environment.  I am interested in how changing environments will affect marine organisms and whether they are able to adapt over longer periods of time. My research focuses on how climate change affects the mineralogical, skeletal and material properties and hence the structural integrity of marine organisms.

I utilise a range of analytical techniques including Electron Microscopy, CT-scanning and nano-indentation. As well ...

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2020- Lecturer in Marine Palaeontology, Earth Sciences, University of Bristol

2018-2020: Scientific Visitor, Natural History Museum London

2017-2020: Events and Communications Manager, The Linnean Society of London

2013-2017: PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, 

Title: The effect of environmental change on the structure, composition and subsequently the structural integrity of un-attached corallines,

2009-2013: MSci in Chemistry with a year industrial experience, University of Bristol



Oct 2019: Recognised as a Bristol Inspirational Scientist 

May 2019: Linnean Society 2019 Irene Manton Prize for best PhD thesis in Botany 

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