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.


EPSRC CASE studentship:
Dynamic semi-structured meshes for fast numerical simulation of Multi-Phase Modelling in Oil and Gas
Info Sheet - Dynamic semi-structured meshes

For further information and to apply, please contact supervisors Professor Christopher Pain or Dr Pablo Salinas

Extending the carbonate clumped isotopes paleothermometer to new mineral systems: a computer modelling approach [Info Sheet - Clumped Isotope Modelling]

Supervisor: Dr Cedric M. John

Environmental reconstruction using clumped isotopes: testing the effects and signs of recrystallization in carbonates [Info Sheet - Clumped Recrystallization]

Supervisor: Dr Cedric M. John

iCASE studentship: Pore-to-core linkages and upscaling for CO2 Storage in carbonates [Info Sheet - Digital Rock CO2 Storage‌]

Supervisor: Sam Krevor

Global CO2 storage capacity: Modeling limitations of geography and injectivity [

Supervisor: Sam Krevor

The importance of glaciated environments for seawater chemistry and the global carbon cycle – a case study from Greenland [Info Sheet - Glaciated environments for seawater chemistry, Greenland

Supervisors: Tina van de Flierdt, Susan Little (UCL), Kate Hendy (U Bristol)

The project is suitable for a student with a background in chemistry, geology, oceanography or an equivalent qualification. Further information on the research can be obtained from Tina van de Flierdt. 

Understanding Modern Biogeochemical Cycles in the context of the international GEOTRACES project – Lead, cadmium, neodymium [Info Sheet - Modern Biogeochemical Cycles, GEOTRACES Project]

Supervisors: Tina van de Flierdt, Yves Plancherel, Mark Rehkämper

The project is suitable for a student with a background in chemistry, geology or an equivalent qualification. Further information can be obtained directly from Tina van de FlierdYves Plancherel, or Mark Rehkämper.

Environmental Pollution as a Marine Tracer – Measuring and Modelling Anthropogenic Lead in the Indian Ocean [Info Sheet - Pb project Indian Ocean_2020‌]

Supervisors: Tina van de FlierdYves Plancherel, Mark Rehkämper (Imperial College London) and Sunil Kumar Singh (CSIR-NIO, India)

Using Cosmogenic Surface Exposure Dating to Reconstruct Late-Holocene Glacier and Climate Stability to Determine Precedence for Recent Declines in Snowpack and Water Resources in the American Pacific Northwest [Info Sheet - Cosmogenic Surface Exposure

Supervisor: Dylan Rood

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

Supervisor: Jamie Wilkinson

Development of UV-fluorescence Spectroscopy as a Tool for Mineral Exploration [Info Sheet - UVFluorescence.pdf]

Supervisor: 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)

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)

A next-geration life dectector for future sample return space missions [Info Sheet - Next Generation Life Detection]

Professor Mark A. Sephton, Simon Davis, David Bell (Protium)

Adsorption of Carbon Dioxide on Shales [Info Sheet - Carbon Dioxide and Shales]

Professor Mark A. Sephton, Craig Smalley, Al Fraser

Forensic Detection of Microplastics [Info Sheet - Forensic Detection of Microplastics‌]

Professor Mark A. Sephton, Simon Davis, David Bell (Protium)

Extracting Records of Life on Mars [Info Sheet - Extracting Records of Life on Mars‌]

Professor Mark A. Sephton & Dr Jonathan Watson 

The volatile fingerprints of life – a new method to indicate the biological or non-biological sources of gas [‌Info Sheet - Biotic-Abiotic Gas]

Professor Mark A. Sephton, Craig Smalley & Ann Muggeridge

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

Professor Mark A. Sephton & Dr Jonathan Watson

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

Measuring and modelling the interfacial properties of crude oil [Info Sheet - Measuring and modelling interfacial properties‌]

Supervisor: Professor Matthew 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)  Professor 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)

The origin of propylitic alteration halos in porphyry systems [Info Sheet - PDF 929KB]

Supervisor: Professor Jamie Wilkinson

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