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Publication details for Dr Darren R. Gröcke

Kingston, A.W., Gröcke, D.R. & Burchell, M. (2008). A multiaxial growth analysis of stable isotopes in the modern shell of Saxidomus gigantea: Implications for sclerochronology studies. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 9(1): Q01007.

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Stable-isotope ratios of two modern Saxidomus gigantea specimens from Namu, British Columbia, are presented to show intraspecimen and interspecimen isotopic variation. Isotopic profiles (δ 13Cshell, δ 18Oshell) were generated along the axis of maximum growth. The profiles show that analogous seasonal variation is recorded in δ 18Oshell; however, significant variability is recorded in δ 13Cshell. We suggest this is caused by differences in metabolic activity between individuals. Intrashell variability along a growth horizon shows good reproducibility in δ 13Cshell but significant variability in δ 18Oshell, especially at the sinistral margin. A multiaxial growth analysis generated several profiles from a single valve. Similar seasonal variations are recorded in δ 18Oshell along all axes. δ 13Cshell show significantly less covariation, possibly related to internal metabolic activity. This study highlights that δ 18Oshell profiles generated from any portion of the shell can be used to evaluate seasonal fluctuations and may be excellent to evaluate types and rates of shell growth.