Nicola Allison

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The potential of Mg in Arctica islandica as a climate proxy is explored through analysis of live-collected shells from Irvine Bay, NW Scotland. Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analysis of the right hand valve from two specimens indicates that seasonal Mg/Ca variations do not correlate with seawater temperature. The(More)
A previously described method for mannitol in urine has been modified and improved. End product inhibition by fructose in the mannitol dehydrogenase method for mannitol has been minimized; the assay is linear over a sample mannitol concentration range of 0-12 mmol/L; no significant interference from other sugars or sugar alcohols could be demonstrated. The(More)
The sources of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) used to produce scleractinian coral skeletons are not understood. Yet this knowledge is essential for understanding coral biomineralization and assessing the potential impacts of ocean acidification on coral reefs. Here we use skeletal boron geochemistry to reconstruct the DIC chemistry of the fluid used for(More)
OBJECTIVE During a paediatric emergency, it is often impractical to weigh a child. Many resuscitative measures require a child's weight; therefore, estimation is often used. Different methods are available to do this, usually based on a child's age or length. The accuracy of these methods has not been validated in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander(More)
This paper reports a study into the deployment of a metal adsorbent in situ to estimate bioavailable Cd(II) in marine waters. Eight adsorbents were screened in the laboratory to test their ability to accumulate Cd(II) from deionised water and artificial seawater, and an oxidised activated carbon was selected for further investigation. The adsorption(More)
The ion exchange properties of the titanium silicate, M2Ti2O3SiO4.nH2O (M = H, Na), toward stable and radioactive 137Cs+ and 89Sr2+, have been examined. By studying the cesium and strontium uptake in the presence of NaNO3, CaCl2, NaOH, and HNO3 (in the range of 0.01-6 M) the sodium titanium silicate was found to be an efficient Cs+ ion exchanger in acid,(More)
Coral skeletal Sr/Ca is a palaeothermometer commonly used to produce high resolution seasonal sea surface temperature (SST) records and to investigate the amplitude and frequency of ENSO and interdecadal climate events. The proxy relationship is typically calibrated by matching seasonal SST and skeletal Sr/Ca maxima and minima in modern corals. Applying(More)
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