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I’m an organic biogeochemist at the Organic Geochemistry Unit at the University of Bristol, specialized in using organic geochemical techniques to investigate climatic and biogeochemical processes in ancient and modern environments. My interdisciplinary research is driven by my desire and curiosity to understand the natural processes and mechanisms that influence Life and operate in Earth’s climate system. My approach is based on the rigorous application of state-of-the-art isotopic and organic mass spectrometry to study lipids and molecular fossils (biomarkers) derived from organisms across the three Domains of life, accumulated in modern and ancient natural archives from both the marine and terrestrial realm. By using climatological and biogeochemical information recorded in the lipids of organisms and preserved in the geological record I aim to answer long-standing questions related to the processes and mechanisms that drive changes in climate and biogeochemistry.

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  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research


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  • MARUM award

    Naafs, B D A (Recipient), 2011

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  • Pieter Schenck Award

    Naafs, B D A (Recipient), 6 Sept 2019

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