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Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology

Our research focuses on the characterization of mineral-water-organic matter reactions in surface and subsurface environments. By combining the techniques of microbiology and molecular biology with physical, chemical and modelling approaches, we are identifying the role that microorganisms play in key environmental processes.

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Research group
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EG&G

Connections

Person

Dr Bart Van dongen

Dr Bart van Dongen studied Chemistry at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). He completed his PhD at the Royal Netherland Institute for Sea research (NIOZ)/ University of Utrecht on the natural sulfurisation of carbohydrates in marine sediments and the consequences for the chemical and carbon isotopic composition of sedimentary organic matter in 2003.

Keywords: 
Geology, Chemistry, Marine, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

Person

Dr Richard Cutting

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Keywords: 
Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement, Engagement, Health and safety, Health, Universities, Estates, Buildings, Laboratories

Person

Prof Jonathan Lloyd

I currently lead a multidisciplinary geomicrobiology group working at the interface between biology and geology. Our research focuses on the mechanisms of microbial metal reduction, with emphasis on the environmental impact and biotechnological applications of metal-reducing bacteria. Current activities are supported by funds from NERC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the EU and industry.

Keywords: 
Geology, Biology, Ecology, Metals, Materials, Nuclear waste, Radioactivity, Environment, Waste management, Bioremediation, Pollution, Chemistry, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

Person

Dr Stephen Boult

Hydrology and hydrochemistry, is studied at all scales from laboratory simulation where conditions are wholly controlled to field scale where, though uncontrolled, conditions are monitored.  This work has been developed through the founding of a University spin out company Intelisys Ltd, which develops commercial monitoring equipment.

Keywords: 
Water, Chemistry, Hydrochemistry, Business, Instrumentation, Monitoring, Carbon, Environment, Climate change, Climate, Networks, Evaluation, Pollution, Governance, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

Person

Dr Clare Robinson

Research interests: (1) Structure and function of fungal communities in soils and plant litter, (2) Biogeochemistry of Arctic and Antarctic soils, (3) Techniques to characterise the structure and function of the soil microbial community.

Keywords: 
Soil, Biology, Geology, Environment, Sustainability, Teaching, Education, Trees, Plants, Biodiversity

Person

Prof Richard Pattrick

Research interests: 

Pure and applied mineralogy, geochemistry and metallogenesis. This work has ranged from experimental investigations to field studies. The mineralogical investigations have focussed on the chalcogenides (esp. sulfides) and magnetic oxides, using experimental synthesis combined with spectroscopic analysis, including synchrotron XAS and diffractiontechniques.

Keywords: 
Geology, Minerals, Metals, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

Person

Prof Katherine Morris

My current research focuses on the environmental behaviour of radioactive contaminants. Development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power has left a legacy of radioactively contaminated land and radioactive wastes that will be disposed of in a deep geological disposal facility. Understanding the behaviour of radioactive contaminants in these environments is essential in managing our radioactive legacy.

Keywords: 
Nuclear waste, Radioactivity, Waste management, Environment, Nuclear energy, Energy, Geology, Biology, Chemistry

Person

Prof Colin Hughes

Research interests: applied environmental and petroleum geology and mineralogy, sustainable management and regulation

Involved actively in higher education capacity building for environment related academic disciplines in the developing world

Keywords: 
Fossil fuels, Geology, Minerals, Sustainability, Management, Regulation, Environment, Biodiversity, Waste management, Universities, Capacity building

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Prof Roy Wogelius

Research interests:

-  Mineral Surface Chemistry

- Reaction Kinetics

- Aqueous Geochemistry

- Environmental Mineralogy

Keywords: 
Geology, Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Environment, Minerals, Water, Kinetics