Life's Interactions with Dynamic 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?
  4. 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 Landscapes & Climate 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 John Moreau (Theme convenor), Dr Adrian Bass (Deputy convenor), Dr Nicholas A Kamenos, Prof Susan Waldron, Prof Jaime Toney, Dr Brian BarrettDr Thorsten Balke, Dr Karen Cameron, Dr John MacDonaldDr Julien Plancq, Dr Ying Zheng

PhD Students

Alyssa Bell, Bianca Cavazzin, Mike Zwick, Heather Baxter, Jinhua Mao, Kirsty Hill Maricela Blair, Chao Gu, Ellen MacDonald, Kelly James, Charlotte Slaymark, Charlie Rex, Melissa Nikkah-Esghi, Jenny Mallon, Alison Brown

MSc by Research Students

Anca Amarei, Cairns Harrison, Scott Kirby, Natasha Kumar

Current MSc by Research Opportunities (non-funded)