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:
- How do changes in the carbon-cycle affect flood and energy security risks?
- How resilient are ecosystems to multiple stressors in the environment?
- 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
MSc by Research Students
Anca Amarei, Cairns Harrison, Scott Kirby, Natasha Kumar
Current MSc by Research Opportunities (non-funded)
- Fugitive methane in Scotland: Plume mapping and isotopic characterisation using Cavity Ring-down Spectrometry
- Energy-efficient alteration of natural algal products for use in biofuel technology
- The physical and chemical interaction between legacy steel slag and lake water
- How is atmospheric CO2 captured by steel slag?
- Cement Waste Carbonation for Carbon Capture
- The effect of crystallinity on the distribution and release of ecotoxic metals from steel slag
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].