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Dr Michael Nairn

Dr Michael Nairn

Senior Technician in Laser Ablation ICPMS Analysis

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Email:
nairnmg@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 20874 573
Location:
Room 1.74A, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

I am a senior Laser ablation ICP-MS technician in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University working on the Reefugia project.

My primary role is to support the research team by producing paleoenvironmental reconstructions of Coral Triangle turbid reef environments based on geochemical analyses of giant Tridacna clams using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry Analysis (LA-ICP-MS).

I also conduct other geochemical analyses, such as stable isotope mass spectrometry, X-Ray diffraction, and cathodoluminescence on the giant clams to aid the paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Additionally I offer technical support to other LA-ICP-MS users in the school.

Previously, I completed my PhD entitled "Mid-late Miocene palaeotemperatures constrained by a new Laser Ablation ICP-MS set up" here in Cardiff. https://orca.cf.ac.uk/view/allcardiffauthors/A17484878.html

Senior Technician in Laser Ablation ICP-MS analysis: Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (February 2019-).

Postgraduate Research Student with thesis entitled "Mid-late Miocene palaeotemperatures constrained by a new Laser Ablation ICP-MS set up": Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (October 2014-December 2018).

Masters of Earth Sciences: University of Oxford (October 2010-June 2014).

Honours and awards

European Microbeam Analysis Society Workshop (Bristol, September 2018):

  • Contributed talk “Optimisation and Implementation of a new LA-ICP-MS set-up: Reconstructing sea surface temperature using Mn-rich foraminifera” awarded first prize (£250).
  • Awarded a full bursary (£600) to attend the workshop.

2018