School of Earth Sciences

  • BS8 1RJ

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The School of Earth Sciences is situated at the historic heart of the University campus, in the neo-Gothic Wills Memorial Building. Part of the internationally acclaimed Faculty of Science, our school is one of the leading centres for research and teaching in the Earth Sciences, having been ranked in the top four UK departments of its kind since 2001.

One of the school’s greatest research strengths is the truly collegiate atmosphere fostered by a fluid grouping of research activities with emphasis on excellence and interdisciplinarity. Our research activity is organised into six groups covering everything from climate and environmental change, to palaeobiology and geochemistry. Researchers collaborate across the groups to investigate issues such as the evolution and architecture of the Earth, global biogeochemical cycles, evolution of biodiversity and morphology, and geological hazards and risks. We attract major support and financial investment from a diverse range of sources, including RCUK and particularly NERC, the EU, the Royal Society and other charitable bodies, and industry.

The school boasts some of the best research laboratories in the UK, with a further £3 million being spent by the University on upgrading facilities. Our research output is prolific, with over 120 ISI cited papers published each year in leading scientific journals.

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    Dr Fabien Albino

    Person: Academic


    Research Output

    A Cambrian–Ordovician terrestrialization of arachnids

    Lozano-Fernandez, J., Tanner, A., Puttick, M. N., Vinther, J., Edgecombe, GD. & Pisani, D., 11 Mar 2020, In : Frontiers in Genetics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
    46 Downloads (Pure)

    Active fault scarps in southern Malawi and their implications for the distribution of strain in incipient continental rifts

    Wedmore, L. N. J., Biggs, J., Williams, J. N., Fagereng, Å., Dulanya, Z., Mphepo, F. & Mdala, H., 16 Mar 2020, In : Tectonics. 39, 3, 21 p., e2019TC005834.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 24 Downloads (Pure)

    A draft genome sequence of the elusive giant squid, Architeuthis dux

    da Fonseca, R. R., Couto, A., Machado, A. M., Brejova, B., Albertin, C. B., Silva, F., Gardner, P., Baril, T., Hayward, A., Campos, A., Ribeiro, Â. M., Barrio-Hernandez, I., Hoving, H-J., Tafur-Jimenez, R., Chu, C., Frazão, B., Petersen, B., Peñaloza, F., Musacchia, F., Alexander, G. C. & 24 others, Osório, H., Winkelmann, I., Simakov, O., Rasmussen, S., Rahman, M. Z., Pisani, D., Vinther, J., Jarvis, E., Zhang, G., Strugnell, J. M., Castro, L. F. C., Fedrigo, O., Patricio, M., Li, Q., Rocha, S., Antunes, A., Wu, Y., Ma, B., Sanges, R., Vinar, T., Blagoev, B., Sicheritz-Ponten, T., Nielsen, R. & Gilbert, M. T. P., 16 Jan 2020, In : GigaScience. 9, 1, 12 p., giz152.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 54 Downloads (Pure)


    Student theses

    Assessing past oxygen in the ocean using Cr isotopes as a palaeo-proxy

    Author: Remmelzwaal, S., 19 Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Parkinson, I. (Supervisor), Schmidt, D. (Supervisor) & Monteiro, F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    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)


    A study of particulate foams

    Author: Wilson, J. C., 1981

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    3rd year prize for Academic Excellence

    David J Button (Recipient), Aug 2010

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Antarctic Service Medal

    Hendry, Katharine (Recipient), 1 Feb 2013

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Arnold Berliner Award for the best paper published in the Journal Naturwissenschaften in 2012.

    David J Button (Recipient), 1 Jan 2013

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    Gordon Research Conference: Geobiology 2020

    Tom Kibblewhite (Participant)

    12 Jan 202017 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Interpretation and Analysis of Projected Ice Sheet Contributions from a Structured Expert Judgement

    Willy P Aspinall (Contributor), , Roger M. Cooke (Contributor), , Robert E. Kopp (Contributor), , Jonathan L Bamber (Speaker), & Michael Oppenheimer (Contributor)

    7 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    University of Manitoba

    Katharine Hendry (Visiting researcher)

    1 Jan 202031 Jul 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution