Dr James Rae

Dr James Rae
Research Fellow


My research focuses on reconstructing past climate change and its causes. I'm particularly interested in the cause of recent glacial-interglacial cycles, and climate changes over the Cenozoic. To study these questions I use geochemical measurements on fossils, sediments, water and ice, with a special focus on the boron isotope proxy for pH. I interpret these data with the help of a variety of numerical models. I'm also fascinated by biomineralisation processes in corals and foraminifera, and the insights that geochemistry offers into calcification and ocean acidification.

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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Haynes, LL, Hönisch, B, Dyez, KA, Holland, K, Rosenthal, Y, Fish, CR, Subhas, AV & Rae, JWB 2017, 'Calibration of the B/Ca proxy in the planktic foraminifer Orbulina universa to Paleocene seawater conditions' Paleoceanography, vol Early View. DOI: 10.1002/2016PA003069
Martínez-Botí, MA, Marino, G, Foster, GL, Ziveri, P, Henehan, MJ, Rae, JWB, Mortyn, PG & Vance, D 2015, 'Boron isotope evidence for oceanic carbon dioxide leakage during the last deglaciation' Nature, vol 518, no. 7538, pp. 219-22. DOI: 10.1038/nature14155
O'Brien, C, Foster, G, Rae, JWB & Pancost, R 2015, 'Reply to 'Pliocene warmth and gradients'' Nature Geoscience, vol 8, pp. 420. DOI: doi:10.1038/ngeo2445
O'Brien, C, Foster, G, Martinez-Boti, M, Abell, R, Rae, JWB & Pancost, R 2014, 'High sea surface temperatures in tropical warm pools during the Pliocene' Nature Geoscience, vol 7, no. 8, pp. 606-611. DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2194
Rae, JWB, Sarnthein, M, Foster, G, Ridgwell, A, Grootes, P & Elliott, T 2014, 'Deep water formation in the North Pacific and deglacial CO2 rise' Paleoceanography. DOI: 10.1002/2013PA002570
Henehan, MJ, Rae, JWB, Foster, GL, Erez, J, Prentice, KC, Kucera, M, Bostock, HC, Martinez-Boti, MA, Milton, JA, Wilson, PA, Marshall, BJ & Elliott, T 2013, 'Calibration of the Boron Isotope Proxy in the Planktonic Foraminifera Globigerinoides ruber for use in palaeo-CO2 reconstruction' Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol 364, pp. 111-122. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.12.029
Foster, GL, Hoenisch, B, Paris, G, Dwyer, G, Rae, JWB, Elliott, T, Gaillardet, J, Hemming, G, Louvat, P & Vengosh, A 2013, 'Interlaboratory comparison of boron isotope analyses of boric acid, seawater and marine CaCO3 by MC-ICPMS and NTIMS' Chemical Geology, vol 358, pp. 1-14. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.08.027
van Heuven, S, Pierrot, D, Rae, JWB, Lewis, E & Wallace, DWR, CO2SYS v 1.1: MATLAB Program Developed for CO2 System Calculations. ORNL/CDIAC-105b., 2011, Software, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennesee. DOI: 10.3334/CDIAC/otg.CO2SYS_MATLAB_v1.1

Contact Details:

Dr James Rae
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

tel: 01334 463910
room: 502
email: jwbr@st-andrews.ac.uk



Scottish Oceans Institute
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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