Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Geochemistry group uses fundamental chemical techniques to understand natural processes on a range of temporal and spatial scales, from single atoms on mineral surfaces and the environmental geochemistry of the modern Earth to the large-scale chemical structure of planets and the birth of the Solar System.

A key theme of the research group is the use of established and novel isotopic tracers to understand the nature and chronology of cycling between the major reservoirs of the Earth.

The remit extends from interactions between the core and mantle to the atmosphere and hydrosphere with implications for Earth's climate. We further apply these skills to understanding other terrestrial planets and the evolution of the solar system.

This activity is organised under the umbrella of the multi-departmental Bristol Isotope Group, using isotope facilities housed in the Department of Earth Sciences.

Another major focus of research is the application of spectroscopy, first-principles calculations and laboratory experiments to aqueous solutions and the mineral-solution interface.

The goal of this work is to develop a molecular-level understanding of the geochemical cycles between the lithosphere and hydrosphere, the formation of ore-deposits, and the fate of environmental contaminants. This work is done by the Aqueous Geochemistry Group.

These two strands of research are linked by the need for an atomistic understanding of isotopic fractionation and elemental partitioning, which drive the large-scale chemical differences observed in Nature.

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    Research Output

    Carbonate crusts around volcanic islands: Composition, origin and their significance in slope stability

    Tucker, M. E., Carey, S. N., Sparks, R. S. J., Stinton, A., Leng, M., Robinson, L., Li, T., Lewis, J. & Cotton, L., Nov 2020, In : Marine Geology. 429, 106320.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Controls on granitic weathering fronts in contrasting climates

    Hayes, N. R., Buss, H. L., Moore, O. W., Krám, P. & Pancost, R. D., 5 Mar 2020, In : Chemical Geology. 535, 119450.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Coupled analysis of seawater and sedimentary 231Pa/230Th in the tropical Atlantic

    Ng, H. C., Robinson, L. F., Rowland, G. H., Chen, S. S. & McManus, J. F., 29 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Marine Chemistry. 103894.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)


    Student theses

    Assessing the mineral nutrient flow and microbial activity in pasture soils

    Author: Isık, T., 23 Jun 2020

    Supervisor: Bull, I. (Supervisor) & Buss, H. L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)


    Critically Evaluating The Role of The Deep Subsurface In The Chemical Weathering Thermostat

    Author: Hayes, N. R., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Buss, H. L. (Supervisor) & Lunt, D. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Paleoceanographic utility and calcification mechanisms of Stylasterid corals

    Author: Strawson, I. G. J., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Robinson, L. F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)



    • 2 Fellowship awarded competitively
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Goldschmidt Virtual 2020

    Tugba Isik (Participant), Heather L Buss (Participant) & Ian D Bull (Participant)

    26 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Research Fellowship - The onset of plate tectonics 3 billion years ago? - New insights from Ca-Sr-Pb-Nd isotopes and implications for large-scale crustal evolution.

    Bruno P M Dhuime (Recipient)

    1 Oct 20131 Oct 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively

    Ice Sheet and Climate Interaction: Implications for Coastal Engineering

    Mark Siddall (Organiser)

    6 Jun 20128 Jun 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course