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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
(023) 8059 2007

Dr Rex Taylor BSc (Hons), PhD

Associate Professor in Geochemistry and Volcanology

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Rex Taylor is a volcanic geochemist within the School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

He is actively researching the chemical and isotopic changes in volcanoes and volcanic systems in a range of different tectonic settings: mantle plumes, island arcs and mid-ocean ridges. In particular, his research uses high-resolution studies of Pb isotopes to investigate the evolution of magmas and the causes of catastrophic volcanic eruptions. Research has taken him on fieldwork and research cruises across the globe – and in May 2019 to dive in a submersible to a depth of 5700m in the Philippine Sea to explore the earliest volcanoes of the Western Pacific.

During the last 20 years he has developed undergraduate and postgraduate courses in geology and environmental geoscience, educating students in volcanology, igneous systems and analytical geochemistry. Rex has also designed and created a Virtual Fieldwork portal that provides a visualisation of field localities on a range of scales: from satellite image, through field exposure, to microscopic view.

Career History

Associate Professor - University of Southampton (2007)
Principal Research Fellow - University of Southampton (1997)
NERC Research Fellow - Royal Holloway University of London (1994)
Research Fellow - University of Southampton (1987)
PhD Geochemistry - University of Southampton (1987)
BSc (Hons) Geology - University of Leicester (1983)


BSc (Hons) University of Leicester
PhD University of Southampton

Admissions Tutor for Geology

Editor – Atomic Spectrometry Updates – Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 2014 - present

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Book Chapters


  • Croudace, I. W., Warneke, T., Warwick, P. E., Taylor, R. N., & Milton, J. A. (2003). High precision Pu isotope ratio measurements using MC-ICPMS. In P. Warwick (Ed.), Environmental Radiochemical Analysis II. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on..., Maidstone, Kent, 18-20 September 2002 (pp. 104-112). (Royal Society of Chemistry Special Publication; No. 291). Royal Society of Chemistry.


Co-ordination of teaching units including:

SOES3020 Volcanic and Mantle Processes
SOES2004 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
SOES3025 Independent Mapping Project
SOES6030 Advanced Independent Research Project

Leader of Y3 physical volcanology field course to Tenerife
Leader of Y3 Independent mapping to Cyprus

Dr Rex Taylor
Tel: (023) 8059 2007

Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH, United Kingdom

Room Number : NOCS/184/04

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