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.


The Shatsky Rise: Finding the Roots of the Earth’s Largest Volcano [details]
Julie Prytulak

Determining transition metal isotope fractionation factors in mantle minerals [details]

Julie Prytulak

Subduction initiation and ophiolites: isotopic links? [details]

Julie Prytulak

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

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]‌‌‌

Robin Shail (University of Exeter), Jamie Wilkinson (NHM, Imperial College London), Clara Wilkinson (NHM), Beth Simons (University of Exeter)

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

The laboratory scale petroleum reservoir [Info Sheet - Petroleum Reservoirs]

Mark A. Sephton

Sedimentology and Thermal history of Carbonate-rich shales (Jura region, France and Switzerland): a dual approach combining fieldwork and clumped isotopes [Info Sheet - Sedimentology]‌

Cédric M John,  Hollis Cathy (University of Manchester) 

Antarctic Ice Sheets under Changing Environmental Conditions [Info Sheet - Antarctic]

Tina van de Flierdt (Imperial College) and international collaborators

A journey from the modern ocean to the past and into the future – how does seawater acquire its chemical fingerprint? [Info Sheet - North Atlantic]

Tina van de Flierdt (Imperial College) and Kate Hendry (U Bristol)

Understanding modern biogeochemical cycles in the context of the international GEOTRACES program – Cadmium, zinc, lead and neodymium isotope analyses [Info Sheet - Geotraces]
Mark Rehkämper, Tina van de Flierdt and Susan Little

Mixing and volatile depletion in the early Solar System [Info Sheet - Solar System]
Mark Rehkämper

Novel applications of trace metal stable isotope measurements in medical research [Rehkamper_PhD_Medicine‌]
Mark Rehkämper
‌ and Martin Wilkins (Dept. of Medicine)

Stable isotope tracing of engineered nanoparticles [Rehkamper_PhD_Nano‌]
Mark Rehkämper

Earthquake hazard assessment using cosmogenic isotopes [details]
Dylan Rood, Alex Whittaker and Rebecca Bell

Histories of mantle convection: Constraints from Arabia's landscape [details]

Gareth Roberts, Alex Whittaker , Dylan Rood

Understanding the kinetics of clumped isotopes in heating experiments: applications to the thermal history of carbonates  [details]

Cédric M. John

Exploring for lateral diagenetic heterogeneities in carbonate systems [details]

Cédric M. John

Determining the Isotope Building Blocks of Terrestrial Planets [‌Info sheet]

‌Julie Prytulak and Andrew Walker (Leeds)

Magma mixing and explosive activity at Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico [PetronePrytulak_2017]

Chiara Petrone (NHM), Julie Prytulak (IC)

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 - Petrophysics]

Sam Krevor, Ann Muggeridge

Pore Scale X-ray Imaging of the Distribution of Minerals in Permeable Rocks [Info Sheet - Pore Scale X-Ray‌]

Sam Krevor

FULLY FUNDED PhD: Optimizing the injection brine composition for controlled salinity waterflooding [Info Sheet - Waterflooding]

Matthew Jackson, Bilal Rashid (BP) and Kevin Webb (BP)