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Dr Leanne Melbourne

The impact of climate change on marine organisms

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 as using Finite Element modelling to assess the structural integrity.

Research keywords

  • Climate change
  • Structural Integrity
  • Marine organisms
  • Habitat formers