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2014-08-Shields

Oxygen burrowed away

Multicellular animals probably evolved at the seafloor after a rise in oceanic oxygen levels. In 2013, Graham Shields-Zhou and his Chinese colleague Maoyan Zhu proposed that when these animals began to rework (bioturbate) the seafloor for the first time close to the Precambrian-Cambrian boundary, they triggered a negative feedback that reduced and stabilised global atmospheric and ocean oxygen levels.  More...

Senior Promotions

Senior Promotions

Warmest congratulations to Paul Upchurch and Ian Wood on their promotions to Professor of Palaeobiology & Professor of Crystallography respectively. We also would like to congratulate Dr  Pieter Vermeesch on his promotion to Reader in Geochronology. More...

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Crystallography and Mineral Physics



Our CMP group is internationally renowned for performing outstanding research into to the composition, structure, dynamics and evolution of the Earth and terrestrial planets. We combine both high P/T experimental techniques (DAC, MAP) with computational mineral physics. We regularly gain beamtime at the Rutherford ISIS facility and have access to high-performance computing via the UK Mineral Physics Consortium.