Gastropod Mummy by Ruqaiya Yousif

Congratulations to PhD student, Ruqaiya Yousif, on placing first in the Queen’s “Capturing the Art of Research” contest, in the Climate Action Category.

Ruqaiya’s winning image, which was taken in Qatar, is titled, Gastropod Mummy. The description reads:

“This is a picture of a gastropod mummy laying down her egg cases. My research assesses the stable isotope (C and O), clumped isotope (∆47), and trace element compositions of living and quaternary shells from the Arabian/Persian Gulf. The aim is to link these analyses with modern oceanographic data to develop a robust proxy for understanding oceanographic change in the rock record. In other words, I am trying to link the shell chemistry with its surrounding environment and then use this link to assess oceanographic changes over the past 125,000 years. At the time of this picture, we were growing gastropods under laboratory conditions and performing invitro fertilization of oysters.”

All of this year’s winning images can be found in the Queen’s Gazette.

Congratulations, Ruqaiya!

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