School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Mark Stevenson

Research Associate



I completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham, School of Geography in 2017 where I used a range of geochemical techniques to reconstruct records of carbon cycling in Arctic lakes across a landscape gradient.  My research gave me the opportunity to understand how change over the last ~7500 years can be modified by the catchment, highlighting the importance of permafrost, glaciers and vegetation in mediating lacustrine records of carbon cycling.

I am currently working with Dr. Geoff Abbott as a Research Associate on the organic geochemical aspects of the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean Seafloor (ChAOS) project in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.  I participated in summer 2017, 2018 & 2019 NERC cruises aboard the RRS James Clark Ross to collect sediment cores along a changing sea ice gradient in the Barents Sea. I am now analysing these sediments for a range of lipid biomarkers to quantify the bioavailability, transformation and cycling of organic carbon, focusing on its burial at the seafloor.


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Education Summary

2017-present Research Associate, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University

2012-2017 PhD in Geography, School of Geography, University of Nottingham

“Carbon cycling in Arctic lakes: sedimentary biomarker reconstructions from Disko Island, West Greenland”

2011-2012 MSc in Environmental Management, School of Geography, University of Nottingham

2008-2011 BSc in Geography, School of Geography, University of Nottingham (1st Class Hons)

Professional Membership 

Quaternary Research Association

Freshwater Biological Association

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management


Research Project

'Changing Arctic Ocean Seafloor (ChAOS)'