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Research areas

Our research is organised into three areas, as well as a number of integrated research groups.

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Integrated research groups and research centres

Our world class research is delivered through our integrated research groups and research centres.

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Our research facilities rival those of leading Earth, atmospheric and environmental research institutions worldwide.

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Integrated Research Groups and Research Centres

Atmospheric Science

Centre for Atmospheric Science

The Centre for Atmospheric Science studies processes important to climate change and air quality in the troposphere and lower stratosphere – the lowest 20 km of the Earth’s atmosphere. We are one of the largest such groups in UK universities, and have extensive collaborative links with leading atmospheric sciences groups world-wide.Read more ▶

Basin Studies and Petroleum Geoscience

Basin Studies and Petroleum Geoscience

Our research incorporates all aspects of sedimentary basins and petroleum systems, from source to sink and from micro- to macro-scales. Projects integrate structural, sedimentological and geomorphic studies and span the fundamental and petroleum geosciences. We use state-of-the-art acquistion, modelling and interpretation tools on a wide range of landscape, outcrop and subsurface datasets.Read more ▶

Geomicrobiology

Geomicrobiology

By combining cutting edge biological techniques (including microbiological and “omics” technologies) with physical, chemical and modelling approaches, we aim to identify the role that microorganisms play in key environmental processes. Particular areas of interest include the fundamental mechanisms and consequences of microbial metal reduction in the subsurface (including the mobilisation of toxic metalloids such as As)Read more ▶

Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Ancient Life

Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Ancient Life

The Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Ancient Life is a unique centre of research excellence in palaeontology and evolutionary biology. The centre fosters collaborations across the physical, engineering, material, medical and biological sciences to produce high-quality research and knowledge transfer.

Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry

Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry

Our research covers a wide range of Earth, Environmental and Planetary science from the prehistory, formation and evolution of our solar system to the processing of elements through the Earth system and the formation of natural resources such as mineral deposits and hydrocarbon reservoirs. Our group is world- leading in the development of novel instrumentation and analytical techniques, which give us the unique opportunity and vital edge to study these research questions in unprecedented detail.Read more ▶

Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry

Palaeontology

Palaeontology research in our School has been focused on applying new techniques to some very old problems. A multidisciplinary approach has yielded several new and fruitful avenues of research. Our group conducts research on and has expertise in vertebrate palaeobiology, biomechanics, locomotion simulations, finite element modelling, computational engineering, x-ray microtomography, synchrotron-based imaging, palaeopathology, arthropod palaeobiology and taphonomy. Read more ▶

Research Centre for Radwaste and Decommissioning

Research Centre for Radwaste and Decommissioning

The Research Centre for Radwaste Disposal was set up in 2010 and provides a focal point for our work into the safe containment and disposal of radioactive wastes, the decommissioning of contaminated nuclear plants and the containment and remediation of radionuclides in the environment. We have laboratories and expertise for handling and characterising geological, biological and mineralogical samples which have radionuclides present within them.Read more ▶

Structural and Petrological Geoscience

Structural and Petrological Geoscience

Research under the Structural and Petrological Geoscience theme covers many aspects of petrology, structural and tectonic geology in the field and in the laboratory. There is particular emphasis on experimental studies of phase equilibria at high pressures and temperatures (such as occur in subduction zones) and experimental studies of rock deformation and petrophysical properties over the entire range of crustal conditions.Read more ▶

Williamson Research Centre

Williamson Research Centre

The Centre brings together earth, chemical and biological scientists in endeavours to understand the workings of the interacting geosphere-hydrosphere-biosphere-atmosphere systems at a molecular scale.Read more ▶

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