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.


DOC-SWEET - Deep Ocean Circulation during Super-Warm Early Eocene Temperatures [Info sheet]

Tina van de Flierdt and Dan Lunt (University of Bristol)

Environmental reconstruction using clumped isotopes: testing the effects and signs of recrystallization in carbonates [Info sheet‌]

Cédric M. John

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

Supervisor: Dr Jamie Wilkinson

Residence and mobility of metals in the alteration zones of porphyry ore systems [Info sheet]

Jamie Wilkinson

Exploring terrestrial geological evidence for past glaciation and volcanism in the Thwaites Glacier catchment, Antarctica [Info sheet]

Joanne Johnson (British Antarctic Survey), Dylan Rood (Imperial College London), Brent Goehring (Tulane University), and Stephen Roberts (British Antarctic Survey)

Understanding modern biogeochemical cycles in the context of the international GEOTRACES program – Cadmium, zinc, lead and neodymium isotope analyses [GEOTRACES]

Tina van de Flierdt Mark  Rehkämper and Susan Little

Mixing and volatile depletion of the early solar system [Info sheet‌]

Novel applications of trace metal stable isotopes in medical research [Info Sheet]

Mark  Rehkämper  

Environmental effects and fate of engineered nanomaterials [Info sheet]

Mark  Rehkämper, Claus Svendsen – NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)

Cadmium enrichment in cocoa beans – a stable isotope investigation of Cd sources and mitigation strategies [Info Sheet]

Mark  Rehkämper and Laurence Maurice (Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar, Quito, Ecuador; IRD & GET, Université de Toulouse)

Environmental effects and fate of engineered nanomaterials [Info Sheet]

Mark  Rehkämper, Claus Svendsen – NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)

Extracting Records for Life on Mars [Info sheet]

 Mark Sephton

Rapid Assessment of Organic-rich Rocks for Astrobiology [Info sheet]

Mark Sephton

Unconventional Hydrocarbon Assesments [Info sheetInfo sheetInfo sheetInfo sheetInfo sheetInfo sheetInfo sheetInfo sheet‌]

 Mark Sephton

A next generation life detector [Info sheet‌]

Mark Sephton

New shale gas reservoir assessments [Info sheet‌]

Mark Sephton & Craig P. Smalley

A new method to correlate petroleum with its source rocks [Info sheet‌]

Mark Sephton

A laboratory scale petroleum reservoir [Info sheet‌]

Mark Sephton

Hydrocarbon gases and their biological or non-biological sources - recognising the fingerprint of life [Info sheet‌]

Mark Sephton & Craig P. Smalley

Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water [Info sheet‌]

Dominik Weiss

Geochemistry of Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes [Info sheet‌]

Dominik Weiss

Micronutrient cycling in submerged soils and uptake into rice [Info sheet‌]

Dominik Weiss

Nuclear Waste – How to deal with it safely [Info sheet‌]

Dominik Weiss

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

Dominik Weiss

 Modeling the global Pb cycle: from industrial emissions to the bottom of the ocean [Info Sheet‌]

 Yves Plancherel 

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

Matt Jackson

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]

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

This project is based at the Penrhyn Campus of Exeter University (Cambourne School of Mines)

The “colour” of hydrothermal quartz [Info sheet]‌‌‌

Jamie Wilkinson (NHM, Imperial College London)

Validating Earthquake Hazard Models For Critical Engineered Structures Using Geologic Data And Cosmogenic Isotopes [Info sheet]

Dylan RoodJP Latham and Peter Stafford

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

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]

Dylan Rood

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

Dominik Weiss  

Geochemistry of Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes [Info sheet]

Dominik Weiss  

The Aqueous Chemistry of Actinides and Metalloids [Info sheet]

Dominik Weiss  

Micronutrient cycling in submerged soils and uptake into rice [Info sheet]

Dominik Weiss  

Unconventional Hydrocarbon Assesments [Info sheet‌]

Mark Sephton