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Prof Raja Ganeshram

Personal Chair of Geochemistry

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Biogeochemistry of polar sea ice environments
Southern ocean nutrient cycles during the last deglaciation
Coastal and estaurine sinks of N-stable N Isotope study

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of British Columbia
Master of Research, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras
M.Res. in Ocean Sciences & Technology
Master in Science, University of Madras
MSc. in Marine Geology
Bachelor of Science, University of Madras
Applied Geology

Research Interests

Marine biogeochemistry and palaeo-oceanography

Oceanic Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Silicon and Iron cycles-past, present and future

Coastal and Estuarine Biogeochemistry

Global Change and Biogeochemistry of polar sea ice environments

Tropical Climate variability on glacial-interglacial to decadal time scales 

Application of trace element and isotope methods in these subject areas

Biography

2008            Reader, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

1999            Lecturer, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

98-99           Research Associate, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

97-98           Postdoctoral Scholarship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, USA

Teaching

4th year Coordinator, Environmental Geosciences BSc Honours

Topics In Global Environmental Change

Global Environmental Change

Aquatic Systems

Environmental Techniques and Application

Oceanography

Visiting and Research Positions

Visiting Professor, Departement de Geologie et Oceanographie, Universite Bordeaux I, Talence, France

Distinguished Visiting Scientist, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India

Research Interests

MEMBERSHIP IN SOCIETIES

American Geophysical Union

European Geosciences Society

Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society

 

MEMBERSHIP IN COMMITTEES

NATIONAL COMMITTEES & PANELS

National Research Grant Peer Review Panel  (2007-2011), responsible for reviewing funding applications submitted to Natural Environment Research Council  and serving in peer-review panel & acting as occasional chair.

UK NERC; National Laboratory Facility Committee (2006-2010), responsible for overseeing the NERC’s Accelerator Mass Spectrometer facilities at East Kilbride and Oxford and reviewing proposals for radiocarbon dating applications.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANISATION COMMITTEES

International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES) XI, Edinburgh 10-16 July 2011

International Earth Resources Society & Environment Conference (ERSEC), UNESCO, Beijing, 2009

International Conference in Paleoceanography (ICP-8), Bordeaux France, 2004

 

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES AND PANELS

Since 2013: Working Group for “Integrated Southern Ocean Latitudinal Transects (ISOLAT)’ ECORD, IODP. To facilitate and coordinate the efforts for a giant piston coring campaign in the Southern Ocean as part of IMAGES II.

Since 2010: European Partnership in Polar Climate Science funded by ESF through a consortia of 22 European scientists across 8 countries called HOLOCLIP (Holocene climate variability at high-southern latitudes: an integrated perspective).

 

2009-12: The Nitrogen Cycle in the Oceans, Past and Present (NICOPP). Working group sponsored by both PAGES and IMAGES to understand changes and sensitivity of the Global Nitrogen Cycle to climate Change.

Since 2008-11: International GEOTRACES programme (SCOR/IGBP; see www.geotraces.org) through UK GEOTRACES.

2007-2009: 10+10 Polar Ocean Climate Change groupfunded jointly by the French Embassy-London and the British Council.

Since 2007-2011: UK NERC; Peer Review College. Responsible for reviewing funding applications

2006-2011: UK NERC; Radiocarbon Laboratory (RCL) Steering Committee. We are responsible overseeing the NERC’s Accelerator Mass Spectrometer facilities at East Kilbride and Oxford and reviewing facility proposals for radiocarbon dating and other applications.

2004-2008: IMAGES Working Group; Equatorial Pacific Coring Campaign. Research Vessel Marion Dufresne under the auspices of IMAGES which lead to the successful funding of Galapagos-Equatorial Pacific Coring Expedition (GALOPER).

2003-2008: SCOR/lMAGES, focus group 'LINKS' (Analyzing the links between present oceanic processes and paleo-records)

2002-2003: "Planning Committee on the Future of Global Change Ocean Research" set up jointly by IGBP & SCOR. This committee consisting of a dozen leading international marine scientists to draft a “Framework for Future Research on Biological and Chemical Aspects of Global Change in the Ocean".

2000-2003 Palaeo-JGOFS Task Team (PJTT)This is a joint initiative by IGBP Core projects, PAGES / IMAGES and JGOFS, to

2000-2002 International research expedition for MONA (Marges Ouest Amerique du Nord or Margins of North America) Marion Dufresne under the auspices of IMAGES.

 

PARTICIPATION IN OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH EXPEDITIONS

R/V Pelagia Cruise, International GEOTRACES, Mediterranean –Black Sea (July-August 2012).

RRS James Cook (Cruise JC068) UK  GEOTRACES programme 40° South zonal transect of the South Atlantic Ocean (team participation)  (Dec.2011-Jan. 2012)

RRS Discovery (Cruise D357) UK  GEOTRACES programme 40° South zonal transect of the South Atlantic Ocean (team participation) (Oct./Nov. 2010)

R/V Polar Stern, Southern Indian Ocean, Indo-German joint expedition (Jan/Feb. 2009),

UK Antarctic Research Expeditions to western Antarctic Peninsula. Myself and/or members of my research team (including PhD students) participated in 5 research cruises between 2002-2009 onboard the HMS James Clarke Ross of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

R/V Sagar Kanya (Oct-Nov. 2006), Northern Indian Ocean, Jointly with National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India.

R/V Marion Dufresne (April 7-July 3, 2002) MONA, IMAGES, Pacific American margin

R/V Knorr (Nov. 14-Dec. 21, 2000) Trans-Atlantic, Recife to Cape Verde Islands

R/V Aurora Australis (Feb. 21-Apr. 2, 1998) Sub-Antarctic zone south of Tasmania.

R/V Oceanus (August 24-27, 1997) American Mid-Atlantic sea board.

R/V Weatherbird (bimonthly, 1997) time-series cruises off Bermuda (USJGOFS)

R/V Tully  (Aug. 2 -12, 1996) CJGOFS cruise off W Canada and Sub-Artic Pacific

R/V New Horizon  (Mar. 22-Apr. 19, 1990) off NW Mexico

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS IN CONGRESS/SYMPOSIA

Invited Attendee, MagellanPlus workshop for ‘Integrated Southern Ocean Latitudinal Transects’ (ISOLAT) to investigate Southern Ocean Palaeoclimate and past Antarctic Circum-polar Current Variability, Magdalene College, Cambridge UK,  23-26 September 2013.

Invited Speaker, Symposium, Netherland Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) Texel, The Netherlands, Biogeochemical impacts of Sea ice decline in Western Antarctic Peninsula, June 2013

Session Chair & Plenary Speaker, Earth Resources, Society & Environment Conference (ERSEC), UNESCO, Bangkok, Thailand 17-19 July 2012

Session Chair & Invited Speaker, AntarcticHolocene Climate Variability, International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES) XI, Edinburgh 10-16 July 2011

Invited Speaker, Symposium, School of Geosciences, Princeton University, USA, 7th, September 2010

Invited Speaker, Symposium, School of Geography and Political Science, University of Newcastle, 20th, October 2010

 Invited Speaker, Physical Research Laboratory, Dept. of Space. Govt. of India, Ahmedabad, India, February 25th, 2010

Distinguished Visitor Lecture Series, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India, February 9th &11th,and 25th March 2010

Plenary Speaker and session Chair, Earth Resources Society & Environment Conference (ERSEC), UNESCO, Beijing, China 4-8 July 2009

Invited Attendee, European Nitrogen Assessment-3, workshop,  "Nitrogen processing in the biosphere", Paris, France, 18-20 April 2009

Speaker, Symposium, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Vancouver, Canada 12, July 2008

Invited Attendee, European Nitrogen Assessment-2, workshop,  "Nitrogen processing in the biosphere", Crieff. Perthshire, Scotland, UK., 18-20 June 2008

Keynote Speaker, Workshop on HOlocene CLImate variability at high-SOuthern Latitudes (HOCLISOL) French Embassy, London, UK, 14-15 May 2008

Invited Speaker, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge,14, April, 2007

Invited Attendee, SOLAS (Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study) Workshop, Impacts of Anthropogenic Nitrogen Inputs to the Ocean, Norwich, UK, November 20-24, 2006

Chair, Impacts of past climate variability on marine ecosystems, GLOBEC  (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics) workshop on Climate & Marine Ecosystems,  Berlin, Museum of Natural History, September 4-7, 2006

Invited Speaker, Symposium, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India, 27 July 2006

Invited Speaker & Session Chair, Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, 3rd Annual Meeting, Singapore June 10-14, 2006; Holocene variability in South Asian Monsoon

Invited Speaker, Symposium, School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, 12, April 2004

Invited Speaker, Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, 1st Annual Meeting, Singapore June 5-9, 2004; Cycling of peat carbon during estuarine mixing: A Geochemical and Isotopic Study.

Invited Speaker, Symposium, Department Paleoecology & Paleoclimatology, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands 11, Dec. 2003

Invited Speaker, Laboratoire des sciences du Climat et de environnment, Domaine du CNRS, Gif-Sur-Yvette, France, Oct. 14, 2003

Keynote Speaker, New Frontiers in geochemical and Isotopic cycles in the ocean, The Geological Society/The Challenger  Society/NERC, London, 29-30 Sept. 2003. New insights into Ba-based proxy for organic carbon export and remineralisation in the ocean.

Invited Speaker, Symposium, Institut fur Meereskunde an der Universitat Kiel, Kiel, Germany, Global Nitrogen Cycle; Past & present. 30 Oct., 2003.

Invited Speaker, Symposium, DÈpartement de GÈologie et OcÈanographie, UniversitÈ Bordeaux I, Talence, FRANCE, 24, Sept. 2003. The flickering of the Indian Summer Monsoon during the late Quaternary.

Invited Speaker, GEOTRACES Planning workshop, An International Study of the Marine Biogeochemical Cycles of Trace Elements & Isotopes, Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees, Toulouse France, 13-16 April 2003.

Invited Speaker, Symposium, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, East Kilbride, July 2002, Did changes in oceanic nutrient inventories (N & P) influence glacial-interglacial variations in atmospheric carbon dioxide?

Plenary Speaker, International Conference of Paleoceanography (ICP-VII), Sapporo Japan, 16-20 Sept. 2001. Did changes in oceanic nutrient inventories (N & P) influence glacial-interglacial variations in atmopsheric carbon dioxide?

*Keynote speaker: Workshop on the new paleo-proxy developments for constraining deep-sea carbon fluxes, Gif-Sur-Yvette, France, JGOFS/IMAGES, 15/16 Nov. 2001, New insights into the mechanism of barite formation in seawater and implications for paleoproductivity reconstruction.

Invited speaker: Geological and climatic evolution of the Arabian Sea Region, The Geological Society, London, 5-6 April 2001, Glacial-interglacial and millennial-scale oscillations in upwelling records from the eastern (Indian) and western Arabian Sea margins.

Invited Speaker, Symposium, Netherland Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) Texel, The Netherlands, Dec. 3-7, 2000, Oceanic N cycle and glacial carbon dioxide draw down: The role of marine denitrification.

Keynote Speaker: Workshop on the future of ocean biogeochemical Research, Plymouth-UK, IGBP/SCOR, 22-25 Sept. 2000. The role of marine nutrient cycles in global climate change: Perspectives from the past and present.

Keynote Speaker: Workshop on the Quaternary evolution of the Benguela upwelling system: its response to local and global climate change, IMAGES/PAGES, Bordeaux, France, 19-21 April, 2000. A comparative study of the timing of rapid oscillations (sub-Milankovitch) in upwelling records of the southern Atlantic (Benguela Current), and the eastern tropical North Pacific margins.

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