Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research staff: 47
Research postgraduates: 100

The Department's research specialisations range from the formation of elements in stars to the safe disposal of radioactive waste and humanity's effects on the earth and its atmosphere.

Our academic staff have experience and expertise across a wide range of disciplines and the School is uniquely placed to offer a broad spectrum of research degree programmes.

We have a large and very active research school with substantial support from the government and industry.

The Department's research activity centres on the following seven major research groups:

  • Physics and Chemistry of Minerals and Fluids
  • Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry
  • Basin and Stratigraphic Studies and Petroleum Geoscience
  • Structural and Petrological Geoscience
  • Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Palaeontology

The Department has a superb equipment base to support research and teaching, together with associated sample preparation and workshop facilities.

In addition to our wealth of laboratory facilities we also maintain hilltop stations in the Southern Pennines and run a Cessna light aircraft (unique among UK university groups).


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