UCL Earth Sciences


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The Earth Sciences department is a vibrant, intellectual community of staff, affiliated researchers and students. We have a diverse and international faculty engaged in broad spectrum of research, we promote excellence and strive to inspire through challenging teaching.

  • Staff


    Academic, Research Fellows, Research Staff, Technical Staff, Administrative Staff, Affiliate (Honorary) Staff, and Emeritus Staff Take a look
  • Students

    Research Students

    We are a research department engaged in training graduate students at master and doctoral levels Take a look

To learn more about the members of our department, visit our Staff & Research Students pages.

Key Contacts





Head of Department Prof. Lars Stixrude 020 3108 6331
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor Dr Pieter Vermeesch
020 3108 6369
Undergraduate Tutor Dr. Willy Burgess
020 3108 6366
Graduate Tutor Prof. Graham Shields-Zhou
020 3108 6364 email
Affiliate Student Tutor, Webmaster, Data Protection Coordinator Danuta Kaminski 020 3108 6355 email
Chair of the Teaching Committee Prof. Paul Bown
020 3108 6360
Chair of the Syllabus Committee Prof. Paul Upchurch 020 3108 6358
Chair of the Examinations Committee Prof Dario Alfè 020 3108 6352
Departmental Manager Leisa Clemente 020 3108 6338
Financial Administrator Celine Ahmed 020 3108 6336
Academic Administrator Susie Rizvi
020 3108 6339
Head of Laboratories, Departmental Estates Manager, Departmental Safety Officer John Bowles 020 3108 6316


The Department of Earth Sciences has won an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We are proud of the department for having received this recognition of our commitment to gender equality.

Athena Swan Co-ordinator

A geologist should be well versed in chemistry, natural philosophy, mineralogy, zoology, comparative anatomy, botany; in short, in every science relating to organic and inorganic nature...

Charles Lyell

The big questions about the Earth can be answered by the interactions between atmosphere hydrosphere solid earth and biosphere.

Prof. Lars Stixrude - ES

We shouldn't focus too much on the year-to-year variations; it's the long-term trend that is important. All climate models participating in the next IPCC report show that the Arctic will become ice-free in summers as temperatures continue to warm

Prof. Julienne Stroeve - ES

Geology is rapidly taking its place as an introduction to the higher history of man.

James Dwight Dana