Dennis Mayk

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Hi, my name is Dennis and welcome to my research portfolio. I am a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Cambridge, UK and the British Antarctic Survey studying biomineralization processes in marine invertebrates. Before moving to Cambridge, I obtained my B.Sc. in Geosciences and M.Sc. in Marine Geosciences at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany and GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany.

Research interest

I am especially interested in the processes involved in biomineralization and currently study how marine invertebrates take up elements from seawater and transport them to the precipitation sites where they are being laid down as shells. I am also interested in investigating how a better understanding of the biomineralization process can help us to find more stable paleo proxies. If you want to learn more about my research, head over to the Project Page

or read more about my ongoing projects:

  • Shell microstructure characterisation in wild and regrown shell in the muricide Nucella lapillus.
  • Shell morphology and trace metal analysis of a historical Nucella lapillus collection from the Belgian coast spanning the past 130 years.
  • Multivariate morphological analysis of Nucella lapillus collected from its total lateral occurrence range.