Research Areas


Environmental Geochemistry

We study the source, transport, and fate of solutes, sediments, and minerals, in and through the Earth’s terrestrial hydrosphere and surface environment, with an emphasis on substances that cause environmental harm. A current emphasis is arsenic pollution, because of its severe consequences for health worldwide. more


Dynamics and Evolution of the Crust

We study how the mechanical, physical and transport properties of Earth’s crust determine its response to tectonic forces and the transfer of matter and energy from and to other elements of the Earth system – atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and mantle. more


Natural Hazards

Our research addresses the mechanisms and processes that underpin natural hazards, the prediction, forecasting and monitoring of hazardous geophysical events, and community preparedness via effective early warning, risk communication and improved hazard and risk perception. more


Palaeoclimate, Palaeobiology, and Palaeoenvironments

Our research is focussed on the study of sediment and fossil archives using complimentary techniques (stratigraphy, sedimentology, geochemistry, palaeontology) and shared laboratories. Our aim is to understand the history of Earth’s life and climate, and the interactions between the two in both the marine and terrestrial realms. more


Polar Climate Modelling and Change

We study the role of the cryosphere in Earth’s present climate. The work is pursued through fluid-dynamic and thermodynamic theory, laboratory experiments, computer models, field experiments and satellite observation. We aim to bring these techniques to bear on the key uncertainties introduced by the presence of ice in predicting changes to Earth’s sea level and ocean circulation. more


Dynamics and Evolution of the Earth and Planets

Our research covers a wide range of areas spanning the Earth’s inner core, outer core, lower mantle, upper mantle, the lithosphere, the surfaces and interiors of the Moon, Mars and Venus, meteorites, and, more recently, the evolution and interiors of the icy moons such as Titan. The overarching rationale is to understand the properties, behaviour and evolution of the Earth and the other planetary bodies, and their place within the solar system. more

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