Life & its Interactions with Changing Environments

We solve scientific and societal challenges using advanced understanding of critical biogeochemical interactions in organic and inorganic systems at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. We do this by answering key questions including:

  1. How do changes in the carbon-cycle affect flood and energy security risks?
  2. How resilient are ecosystems to multiple stressors in the environment?
  3. How stable are terrestrial and marine carbon stores? d) How do Anthropocene by-products (e.g., microplastics, biochar, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) become incorporated into the environment and what are the inherent risks? 

We take a cross-disciplinary approach using cutting-edge analytical equipment, and advanced field techniques including Earth Observation facilitated through collaboration with the Global Landscape Change and Dynamic Earth & Planetary Evolution Themes. Our research is strengthened through collaboration with environmental isotope expertise and facilities at SUERC and the School for Interdisciplinary Studies

Keywords: biogeochemistry, organisms, carbon stores, palaeoclimate, Anthropocene, linking organic and inorganic processes, proxy calibration, remediation

Theme members

Dr Nicholas A Kamenos (Theme leader), Prof Susan WaldronProf Jaime ToneyDr Adrian BassDr Brian BarrettDr Thorsten BalkeDr John MacDonaldDr Julien Plancq

PhD Students

Alyssa BellBianca CavazzinMike ZwickHeather Baxter, Jinhua Mao, Kirsty Hill 

MSc by Research Students

Anca Amarei, Cairns Harrison, Scott Kirby, Natasha Kumar

Current MSc by Research Opportunities (non-funded)

From this academic year (2019/20), students enrolling in a Master of Research (MRes) will be eligible to apply for support from SAAS [pdf]. Deadline is 1 August 2019.

UK, EU and dual EU/UK nationals can apply to SAAS for an EU tuition fees only award or full support (tuition fees, loan, bursary and living-costs grants) only if they meet the SAAS residential criteria [pdf].