University of Otago, New Zealand

Chemistry

Te Tari Hua-Ruanuku

Associate Professor Claudine Stirling

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Associate Professor Claudine Stirling
Isotope Geochemistry, Director,
Community Trust of Otago Centre for Trace Element Analysis
Tel: (03) 479 7932 (Lab 479 5226)
Location: Science I, 103a
cstirling@chemistry.otago.ac.nz


Main Research Interests

Available Student Projects

PhD student projects are available in the following areas:

Interested students should contact me by e-mail (cstirling@chemistry.otago.ac.nz) with a full CV attached.

Students from all countries, with appropriate qualifications, are eligible to apply for a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship, which provides full tuition fees and a $NZ 20,000 per annum stipend for living expenses. Please contact me early on, if you are interested in working on one of the above projects and wish to apply for a scholarship.

BSc(Hons) projects are also available. Please contact me for further details.

Selected Current Research Projects

Selected Publications

  1. B. Shaw, H. Buckley, G. Summerhayes, S. Bulmer, C. Stirling, M. Reid (2011). Prehistoric migration at Nebira, south coast of Papua New Guinea: Evidence from isotope, trace element and non-metric dental trait analyses. Antiquity, in press.
  2. A.N. Halliday, C.H. Stirling, P.A. Freedman, F. Oberli, B. Reynolds, and R.B. Georg (2011). High precision isotope ratio measurements using multiple collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. In: Encyclopaedia of Mass Spectrometry Vol 5: Elemental, Isotopic and Inorganic Analysis by Mass Spectrometry (Eds: R. Houk and D. Matthews)
  3. M.B. Andersen, C.H. Stirling, B. Zimmermann, A.N. Halliday (2010). Precise determination of the open ocean 234U/238U composition. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 11, 10.1029/2010GC003318.
  4. 4. Y. Amelin, A. Kaltenbach, T. Iizuka, C.H. Stirling, T.R. Ireland, M. Pataev, S.B. Jacobsen (2010). U-Pb chronology of the Solar System’s oldest solids with variable 238U/235U. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 300, 343-350.
  5. M.B. Andersen, C.H. Stirling, E.-K Potter, A.N. Halliday, S.G. Blake, M.T. McCulloch, B.F. Ayling, M.J. O’Leary (2010). The timing of sea-level high-stands during MIS 7.5 and 9: Constraints from open- and closed-system U-series dating of fossil corals from Henderson Island. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 74, 3598-3620
  6. B. Shaw, H. Buckley, G. Summerhayes, S. Bulmer, C. Stirling, M. Reid (2010). Prehistoric migration at Nebira, south coast of Papua New Guinea: Evidence from isotope, trace element and non-metric dental trait analyses. Antiquity, in press.
  7. B. Shaw, H. Buckley, G. Summerhayes, D. Anson, S. Garling, F. Valentin, H. Mandui, C. Stirling, M. Reid (2010). Migration and mobility at the Late Lapita site of Reber-Rakival (SAC), Watom Island using isotope and trace element analysis: A new insight into Lapita interaction in the Bismarck Archipelago. J. Archaeol. Sci. 37, 605-613.
  8. C.H. Stirling, M.B. Andersen (2009). Uranium-series dating of fossil coral reefs: Extending the sea-level record beyond the last glacial cycle.  Invited Paper In: Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. Frontiers 284, 269-283.
  9. C.H. Stirling, M.B. Andersen (2009). Extending the uranium-series dating of fossil coral reefs back to Marine Isotope Stage 15. PAGES (Past Global Changes) Special Issue 17, 62-64.
  10. M.B. Andersen, C.D. Gallup, D. Scholz, C.H. Stirling, W.G. Thompson (authors listed in alphabetical order) (2009). U-series dating of fossil coral reefs: Consensus and Controversy. PAGES (Past Global Changes) Special Issue 17, 54-56.
  11. M.B. Andersen, C.H. Stirling, E.-K. Potter, A.N. Halliday, S.G. Blake, M.T. McCulloch, B.F. Ayling, M. O’Leary (2008). High-precision U-series measurements of more than 500,000 year old fossil corals. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 265, 229-245.
  12. M. Gutjahr, M. Frank, C.H. Stirling, L.D. Keigwin, A.N. Halliday (2008). Tracing the Nd isotope evolution of North Atlantic Deep and Intermediate Waters in the western North Atlantic since the Last Glacial Maximum from Blake Ridge sediments.  Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 266, 61-77.
  13. C.H. Stirling, M.B. Andersen, E.-K. Potter and A.N. Halliday (2007). Low-temperature isotopic fractionation of uranium. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 264, 208-225.
  14. M. Gutjahr, M. Frank, C.H. Stirling, V. Klemm, T. van de Fleirdt, L.D. Keigwin and A.N. Halliday (2007). Reliable extraction of a deepwater trace metal isotope signal from Fe-Mn oxyhydroxide coatings of marine sediments.  Chem. Geol. 242, 351-370.
  15. M.B. Andersen, C.H. Stirling, D. Porcelli, A.N. Halliday, P.S. Andersson and M. Baskaran (2007). High precision 234U/238U measurements of Arctic seawater and rivers: Implications for the transport and behaviour of riverine U in the marine environment. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 259, 171-185.
  16. C.H. Stirling, A.N. Halliday, E.-K. Potter, M.B. Andersen, and B. Zanda (2006). A low initial abundance of 247Cm in the early solar system and implications for r-process nucleosynthesis. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 251, 386-397.
  17. B.F. Ayling, M.T. McCulloch, M.K. Gagan, C.H. Stirling, M.B. Andersen, S. Blake (2006). SST seasonality and astronomical modulation of Sr/Ca and δ18O in Porites corals from the MIS 9 (339-303 ka) interglacial. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 248, 447-460.
  18. C.H. Stirling, D. Porcelli and A.N. Halliday (2005). In search of live 247Cm in the early solar system. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 69, 1059-1071.
  19. E-. K. Potter, C. H. Stirling, M.B. Andersen, A. N. Halliday (2005a). High Precision Faraday collector MC-ICPMS thorium isotope ratio determination. Int. J. Mass Spec. Ion Proc. 247, 10-17.
  20. E.-K. Potter, C.H. Stirling, U.H. Wiechert, A.N. Halliday, and C. Spötl (2005b). Uranium-series dating of corals in situ using laser-ablation MC-ICPMS. Int. J. Mass Spec. Ion Proc. 240, 27-35.
  21. M.B. Andersen, C.H. Stirling, E.-K. Potter and A.N. Halliday (2004). Toward epsilon levels of measurement precision on 234U/238U by using MC-ICPMS. Int. J. Mass Spec. Ion Proc. 237, 107-118.
  22. S.J. Goldstein and C.H. Stirling (2003). Developments in analytical techniques for measuring uranium-series nuclides: 1992-2002, Invited Chapter In: Rev. Mineral. Geochem.: U-series Geochemistry, 23-57.
  23. C.H. Stirling, T.M. Esat, K. Lambeck, M.T. McCulloch, S.G. Blake, D.-C. Lee, and A.N. Halliday, Orbital forcing of the Marine Isotope Stage 9 interglacial. Science 291 (2001) 290-293.
  24. M. Rehkämper, M. Schönbächler and C.H. Stirling. Multiple Collector ICP-MS: Instrumentation, measurement techniques and analytical capabilities, Geostandards Newsletter 25 (2001).
  25. C.H. Stirling, D.-C. Lee, J.N. Christensen, and A.N. Halliday. High precision in situ 238U-234U-230Th isotopic analysis using laser ablation. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 64 (2000) 3737-3750.
  26. C.H. Stirling, T.M. Esat, K. Lambeck, M.T. McCulloch. Timing and Duration of the Last Interglacial: Evidence for a restricted interval of widespread coral reef growth, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 160 (1998) 745-762.
  27. A.N. Halliday, D-.C. Lee, J.N. Christensen, M. Rehkämper, W. Yi, X. Luo, C.M. Hall, C.J. Ballentine, T. Pettke and C.H. Stirling. Applications of Multiple Collector ICPMS to Cosmochemistry, Geochemistry and Paleoceanography, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 62 (1998) 919-940.
  28. C.H. Stirling, T.M. Esat, M.T. McCulloch, K. Lambeck. High-precision U-series dating of corals from Western Australia and implications for the timing and duration of the Last Interglacial, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 135 (1995) 115-130.