The department, in association with the Natural History Museum, conducts a wide range of research in geochemistry and environmental change. Geochemical research in the department benefits from assess to world-class analytical facilities. If you are interested in one of the projects listed below please feel free to contact the associated staff.


Investigate the thermal history of oil and gas shales using clumped isotope geochemistry [Info Sheet - thermal history of oil and gas shales]

1 PhD studentship available, closing date for applications is 9 April 2018.

Cedric John

DOC-SWEET - Deep Ocean Circulation during Super-Warm Early Eocene Temperatures [Info sheet - DOCSWEET]
Tina van de Flierdt, Dan Lunt (University of Bristol)
This fully funded 48 month studentship is based at Imperial College (with visiting trips /an extended stay at the University of Bristol) and will explore the Eocene deep oceans and ocean circulation using a combined model-data approach.

Fluid dynamics of magma reservoirs at mid-ocean ridges [Info sheet - Fluid dynamics of magma reservoirs at mid-ocean ridges]

Matt Jackson

Stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet under Changing Environmental Conditions [Information_Sheet]
Martin Siegert and Tina van de Flierdt (Imperial College) and international collaborators

Developing tools for the sustainable exploration of epithermal ore deposits: alteration mineral chemistry for targeting and assessment of fertility [Info Sheet - Sustainable exploration of epithermal ore deposits]

Supervisor: Dr Jamie Wilkinson

Titanite occurrence and chemistry as a monitor of melt redox state, magmatic fertility and hydrothermal alteration in porphyry ore systems [Info sheet - Titanite]

Jamie Wilkinson (NHM)

Magmas, fluids, faults and metals – re-assessing the controls on magmatic-hydrothermal W-Sn-As-Cu-Zn-Pb mineralisation and zonation associated with the Cornubian Batholith, SW England [Info sheet - Magmas, fluids, faults and metals]

Dr Jamie Wilkinson (The Natural History Museum and Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London) and Dr Robin Shail (Camborne School of Mines, Falmouth Campus, Exeter University)

The “colour” of hydrothermal quartz [Info Sheet - Quartz]‌‌‌

Jamie Wilkinson (NHM, Imperial College London)

Analysing the plumes of Europa: Could there be life on Jupiter’s moon? [Info Sheet - Europa]

Mark A. Sephton

Life Detection Methods for future Mars Missions [Info Sheet - Mars]

Mark A. Sephton

Extreme Biosignatures [Info Sheet - Biosignatures]
Mark A. Sephton

Earthquake hazard assessment using cosmogenic isotopes [details]

Dylan Rood, Alex Whittaker and Rebecca Bell

Histories of mantle convection: Constraints from Arabia's landscape [Info sheet - mantle convection]

Gareth Roberts, Alex Whittaker , Dylan Rood

Will climate change make coastal erosion rates faster?: Comparing historic and Holocene cliff retreat rates using cosmogenic isotopes with numerical models [Info Sheet - Coastal Erosion]

Dylan Rood

Human and Natural Control on Global Atmospheric Trace Element Cycles [Info Sheet - Trace Element Cycles]

Dominik Weiss  

Geochemistry of Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes [Info Sheet - Stable Isotopes]

Dominik Weiss  

The Aqueous Chemistry of Actinides and Metalloids [Info Sheet - Actinides and Metalloids]

Dominik Weiss  

Micronutrient cycling in submerged soils and uptake into rice [Info Sheet - Micronutrient Cycling]

Dominik Weiss  

Closing the digital rock divide in petrophysics for CO2 storage and hydrocarbon production [Info sheet - Digital Rock Petrophysics]

Sam Krevor

Unconventional Hydrocarbon Assesments [Info Sheet - Unconventional Hydrocarbons]


 Mark Sephton