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Dennis Mayk

Dennis Mayk

PhD Research Student



I am a first year PhD student funded by NERC-DTP looking at how calcification works in molluscs and how costly shell production is. Before moving to Cambridge for my PhD, I completed a BSc degree in Geosciences and an MSc in Marine Geosciences at the Christian-Albrechts-University and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre of Ocean Research, Germany. For my Master's thesis, I worked on analysing boron isotopes in individual foraminifera to obtain seasonal variability patterns. 

Research themes

Palaeobiology and Palaeoecology :

Biogeochemistry, Ecology

Research Interests

My PhD is a joint project between the Earth Sciences Department and the British Antarctic Survey. It is focused on constraining the metabolic costs of shell production and maintenance in marine calcifiers and how these costs change in a changing environment (i.e., change in pH, temperature and salinity). 


Geochemistry ; microstructure


  • Biomineralization and Isotope Geochemistry

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