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Abigail Smith - University of Otago

Abby SmithProfessor Abby Smith is with the Department of Marine Science. Her research interests include: Rapid anthropogenic production of CO2 has driven the carbonate chemistry of the sea, causing lowered pH in surface waters.

Abby studies the temperate carbonate sediment budget production, geochemistry, dissolution, and accumulation in cool temperate environments. Variations in skeletal carbonate provides information about age, environment, and productivity.

Abby’s team investigates how to deduce production, age and growth rate in temperate organisms, particularly bryozoans, as well as how they might reflect longer-term changes in climate and water chemistry. Bryazoans are the major taxon producing carbonate sediments on shelves in the Southern Hemisphere.

Abby works on taxonomy and systematics, identification, growth and production, ecology, and geochemistry of New Zealand's Bryozoa.