Marine Life Talk at NOC in Southampton

The supercontinent of Pangaea surrounded by an ocean of changing pH

7 July 2016 – Using a model to understand ocean acidification in the past and present

Speaker: Ross Whiteford

Carbon dioxide released by volcanic activity could have been the driver behind the end Triassic mass extinction

Ocean acidification occurs when carbon dioxide enters the ocean. This is currently happening due to human activities, and has happened in the past due to the eruption of large volumes of magma. To try and work out exactly what happened during one of these events, and how comparable this is to the modern day, we use a mathematical model of the carbon cycle.

Ross is a first year PhD Researcher at the University of Southampton, with thesis Title: ‘Cenozoic CO2: Chance History or Inevitable Outcome?’ – looking at how and why carbon dioxide has varied over the last 60 million years. Ross also studied for his undergraduate MSci Geology at Southampton.


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These talks are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in the Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre, National Oceanography Centre. Please sign in outside the lecture theatre on level four.

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Event dates: 
Thursday 7 July 2016 - 19:30 to 21:00