School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Research

Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Research

We're actively working on detecting tyre waste as a source of microplastics into the oceans.

Our Research

Our group is the focal point for Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences (EOPS) at Newcastle.

Two broad themes

EOPS staff use a range of approaches to carry out research in two broad, overlapping areas:

Our projects are typically multidisciplinary.

Teaching

We teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, across a multitude of degree courses.

Excellent facilities

We take advantage of excellent facilities. They allow us to combine cutting-edge components of the long established disciplines of:

  • geology
  • biology
  • chemistry

Published research

Our published research is making an impact with policymakers across the globe and showcasing our many discoveries. We also feature regularly in the news.

We are doing organic geochemical analysis of seafloor mud and evaluating what can be gleaned about environmental processes from stratigraphic biomarker analysis of the Arctic Ocean floor.
We are doing organic geochemical analysis of seafloor mud in the Arctic Ocean.

Themes

We conduct significant research under two broad themes. These are Energy and Natural Resources, and Biogeochemistry and the Environment.

Projects

We're engaged in a vast array of projects that embrace and span our research themes. We're making major discoveries that are helping to provide sustainable energy for the future while protecting the planet.

Publications

Our publications are listed alphabetically by lead author under our two research themes.

Our Staff

Dr Geoffrey Abbott
Reader in Organic Geochemistry

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6608

Dr Sanem Acikalin Cartigny
Lecturer in Geology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6426

Dr Jonathan Barnes
Research Associate

Professor Andrew Benniston
Deputy Head of School

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5706

Bernard Bowler
Researcher in Petroleum Geochemistry

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5931

Lourdes Bradley
Operations Assistant

Rachel Brown
Project Manager (ReFINE)

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6611

Alex Charlton
Senior Chemical Research Technician

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7639

Dr Beate Christgen
Researcher in Thinking Soils

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6620

Sarah Clancy
Research Assistant

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Telephone: +44 191 208 6611

Dr Martin Cooke
Director Postgraduate Studies

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5313

Dr Julia Cooper
Lecturer in Soil Science

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6883

Professor Richard Davies
PVC, Engagement & Internationalisation

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6058/5060

Paul Donohoe
Senior Analytical Technician

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6124

David Earley
Senior Chemical UG/PGT Lab Technician

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8627

Dr Shannon Flynn
Lecturer in Inorganic Geochemistry

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Telephone: +44 (191) 208 4515

Dr Neil Gray
Reader in Geomicrobiology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4887

Professor Ian Head
Dean of Research & Innovation

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4806

Dr Martin Jones
Analytical Facilities Manager

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8628

Dr Sven Lahme
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6011

Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel
Research Associate in Urban Soil Science

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6928

Professor David Manning
Professor of Soil Science

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6610

Dr Clare McCann
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4890

Demelza Menendez Vega
Senior Bio/Geoscience Teaching Technician

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Dr Miguel Morales Maqueda
Senior Lecturer in Oceanography

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8837

Dr Vi Parker
Research and Impact Facilitator

Dr Darci Rush
Visiting Researcher

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8501

Dr Emmal Safi
Research Associate

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Dr Rachel Schwartz-Narbonne
Research Associate

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Telephone: 01912084961

Dr Angela Sherry
Faculty Research Fellow (Geomicrobiology)

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4885

Dr Martin Spurr
RCUK Innovation Fellow

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4891

Dr Mark Stevenson
Research Associate

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Dr Jon Telling
Lecturer in Geochemistry/Geomicrobiology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (191) 208 7893

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6228

Professor Robert Upstill-Goddard
Professor of Marine Biogeochemistry; Director of Expertise in Ecosytem Change; President: UK Challenger Society for Marine Science

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5065

Dr Cees van der Land
Lecturer in Geosciences

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6513