Biogeochemistry/Geobiology

Biogeochemistry/geobiology is a major research theme of the Geoscience Group and underpins a research agenda that is truly multidisciplinary and which covers a wide range of temporal and spatial scales.

We have particular strengths in microbial ecology, mineralogy and experimental, organic, inorganic and isotope geochemistry and we combine these techniques to address major issues related to the past and present evolution of surficial Earth environments. In the modern realm, our research currently addresses topics as diverse as biogeochemical cycling in soils and peatlands, through microbial, isotopic and organic characterization of key biogeochemical reactions in the Earth system, to studies of redox sensitive environments such as anoxic sediments and waters.

This work also underpins much of our research into ancient environments, where we are investigating a range of major events in Earth history, from periods of extreme climate change in the Phanerozoic, through to the co-evolution of life and the planet in deep time.

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