Geochemistry comprises more than 30 researchers and postgraduate students who apply state-of-the-art geochemical analysis and modelling to scientific questions of major societal, economic and environmental importance.
Our diverse research activity can be broadly divided into 8 themes. Click the theme title for more information.
Our strengths include:
Contact: Professor Rachael James
The Geochemistry Group is equipped with a world-class range of analytical equipment and associated laboratories. The instruments and techniques available can be applied to a diverse range of applications including environmental, geological, nuclear, medical, archaeological and oceanographic. The facility is used for a wide range of research purposes and also for commercial analysis, examples of the type of commercial work we can under take are given here.
The facilities available are briefly described below and further details are available on each by clicking on the links.
For initial enquiries about our capability or using the facilities contact Dr. J. Andy Milton
This instrument is used for high-throughput elemental analysis via solution or solid sample introduction using the laser.
This is a high-sensitivity elemental and isotopic analysis instrument for solution or solid samples using the laser. It is particularly suited to difficult matrix and problematic elemental analyses.
We have two of these high-sensitivity isotope analysis instruments allowing analysis of solutions or solid samples using the laser. Currently measuring the following systems: Li, B, Cr, Fe, Sr, Nd, Pb, Hf, U, U-Pb, U-Th and Pu.
This instrument provides high precision isotope analysis on samples that have been loaded onto a metal filament. Currently measuring the following systems: Sr, Nd, Pb.
This laser system is used for micro-sampling of solid samples it can be coupled to any ICP-MS systems above.
For preparing micro-sized samples for subsequent analysis.
A suite of Class 100 chemistry labs for sample preparation prior to analysis.
The Geochemistry group is able to help you analyse your samples.
Specialist analytical facilities.
PhD Project Titles
Seafloor or uplift-related serpentinization of the Troodos Massif, Cyprus
Damon Teagle, Martin Palmer, Rachael James, Dave Craw (Otago, New Zealand).
The role of CO2 in Plio-Pleistocene climate change; revealed by orbital resolution boron isotope records
Gavin Foster, Paul Wilson, Eelco Rohling (ANU, Australia), Ian Bailey (U. Exeter)
Boron isotopes as tracers of igneous processes during collisional tectonics
Martin Palmer, Gavin Foster, Rex Taylor
Exploring the metabolic responses of marine fishes to climate change using stable carbon isotope composition of otoliths
Clive Trueman, Ewan Hunter (CEFAS), Audrey Darnaude (U. Montpellier)
Geological and oceanographic controls on the variation in concentration of E-tech elements (REE, cobalt and tellurium) in seafloor Fe-Mn crusts
Bramley Murton, Christopher Pearce, Paul Lusty (BGS)
Unlocking the history of sea surface temperature using SST-proxies in corals from the Belize Barrier Reef
Gavin Foster, Elizabeth Kent, David Berry
Habitat mapping, physical characterisation and paleoevolution of two contrasting Deep-Water Coral Mound Provinces in the Mediterranean
Claudio Lo Iacono, Veerle Huvenne, Gavin Foster, Eleni Anagnostou
Squaring the oceanic iron cycle using iron isotopes
Rachael James, Doug Connelly, Maeve Lohan, Alessandro Tagliabue (U. of Liverpool)
Glacial ocean circulation and the last great tipping point in Earth’s palaeoclimate history
Paul Wilson, Ian Bailey (U. Exeter), Gavin Foster, Kevin Oliver
Finding Earth’s thermostat: Testing the relationship between global climate, silicate weathering and marine carbonate production
Christopher Pearce, Steve Bohaty, Paul Wilson
Development of a low cost, high performance sensor for methane measurements in seawater
Socratis Loucaides, Matt Mowlem, Doug Connelly
Elemental partitioning and fractionation constraints on carbonate mineralisation within the oceanic crust
Christopher Pearce, Gavin Foster, Damon Teagle, Rosalind Coggon
What controls deep-sea manganese nodule formation?
Rachel Mills, Doug Connelly, Mikhail Zubkov
Coupled geophysical, geomechanical and geochemical monitoring of carbon capture and storage (CCS) reservoirs
Ismael Falcon-Suarez, Anna Lichtschlag, Angus Best, Rachael James
Simulating the hydrothermal alteration of the oceanic crust
Ros Coggon, Mathis Hain, Damon Teagle, Richard Herrington (Natural History Museum)
Testing the “Iron Hypothesis” and determining the causes of glacial-interglacial CO2 change
Gavin Foster, Mathis Hain, Jessica Whiteside
MarinE-tech: Geological effects of seamount volcanism, evolution and subsidence on the resource potential of seafloor Fe-Mn deposits
Bramley Murton, Tim Le Bas, Alan Evans
Scandium pathways and sinks in geological systems: Implications for future recoveries for high-tech industry
Steve Roberts, Richard Herrington (Natural History Museum), Chris Hartley (Bloom Energy)
The evolution of ENSO in the Tropical South Pacific: a high resolution study using laminated lake sediments from Vanuatu and the Cook Islands
Ian Croudace, David Sear, Pete Langdon
Carbon isotopes along GEOTRACES sections: anthropogenic and biological signals
Doug Connelly, Eric Achterberg (U. Bremen)
|Staff Member||Primary Position|
|Charlotte Emily Aldred||Postgraduate research student (NERC CDT in Oil and Gas)|
|Eleni Anagnostou||Postdoctoral Research Fellow|
|Andy Barker||Senior Tutor|
|Aurélien Beaumais||Marie Curie Post Doctoral Research Fellow|
|Anna Belcher||Postgraduate research student|
|Jack Billinge||Postgraduate research student|
|Christopher Bird||Postgraduate research student|
|Nicolas Bompard||Postgraduate research student|
|Sargent Bray||Research Scientist|
|Frances Burrell||Postgraduate research student|
|Jane Caborn||Postgraduate research student|
|Matthew R D Cobain||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Rosalind Coggon||Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow|
|Jude Coggon||Teaching Fellow|
|Matthew Cooper||Senior Research Fellow|
|James Coussens||Postgraduate research student|
|Maya F Coussens||Postgraduate research student|
|Colette Couves||Postgraduate research student|
|David Cundy||Postgraduate research student|
|Alison Dale||Technical support (GAU)|
|James Davey||Postgraduate research student|
|Elwyn De La Vega||Postgraduate research student|
|Hannah Donald||Postgraduate research student|
|Adeline Marie Dutrieux||Postgraduate research student|
|Ruth Farley||Postgraduate research student|
|Gavin Foster||Professor of Isotope Geochemistry|
|David M Fries||Postgraduate research student, Marie Curie Initial Training Network|
|Pawel Gaca||Radiochemist (GAU)|
|Heather Goring-Harford||Postgraduate research student|
|Matthew Hodgkinson||Postgraduate research student|
|Nicola Holland||Research Scientist (GAU)|
|Rachael James||Professor of Geochemistry|
|Pierre Josso||Postgraduate research student|
|Robert D Knight||Postdoctoral Research Fellow|
|Jens C Krüger||Postgraduate research student, Marie Curie Research Fellow|
|Alastair J.M. Lough||Postgraduate research student|
|Sarah Magozzi||Postgraduate research student|
|Hayley Manners||Postdoctoral Research Fellow|
|Chiara Marieni||Postgraduate Research Student|
|Juerg Michael Matter||Associate Professor in Geoengineering|
|Katie McFall||Mayflower scholar: Postgraduate research student|
|Catriona D Menzies||Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geochemistry|
|Agnes Michalik||Geochemistry Research Technician|
|J Andy Milton||Manager, Plasma Mass Spectrometer Laboratory|
|Bob Nesbitt||Emeritus Professor|
|Martin Palmer||Professor of Geochemistry|
|Katie Quaeck||Postgraduate research student|
|David Reading||Postgraduate research student|
|Stephen Roberts||Professor of Geology|
|Dawoud Ajeel Sheail||Postgraduate research student|
|Diana Shores||Postgraduate research student|
|Melanie Siegburg||Postgraduate research student|
|Samantha Simpson||Postgraduate research student|
|Torben Stichel||Research Fellow|
|Katie St John Glew||Postgraduate research student|
|Rex Taylor||Associate Professor in Geochemistry and Volcanology|
|Clive Trueman||Associate Professor in Marine Ecology|
|Rui Pedro Vieira||Postgraduate research student|
|Phillip Warwick||Deputy Director, GAU-Radioanalytical|
|Alexander Webber||Postdoctoral Research Fellow|
|Ross Williams||XRD Infra-red, Mineralogy Technician|
|Tianya Yin||Postgraduate research student|
|Barbara Zihlmann||Postgraduate research student|
|The Accretion of Lower Oceanic Crust||Active|
|Igneous Reservoirs: Controls on Porosity and Permeability||Active|
|Hydrothermal vents on the world’s deepest seafloor spreading centre||Active|