Research and impact
Learn all about the latest research coming out of the Department, and the global impact it’s having.
Meet the Department 2nd August 2021
Our Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Chair of Natural History, Professor Phil Manning, has begun working with The Oxford Cambridge RSE Examination Board (OCR) to develop an exciting new GCSE in Natural History.
Meet the Department 13th April 2021
In this interview, our Chair in Sustainable Geoscience, Professor Chris Jackson, discusses the ways that research, study and science communication in Earth and Environmental Sciences maps onto the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Chris also considers the title ‘sustainable geoscience’ and how, by defining this term, we can establish directions in geoscience going forward.
Meet the Department 4th March 2021
Sarah Crowther is a Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Her fascinating work with extra-terrestrial materials is out of this world – and she’s keen for other women to reach for the stars as well.
Meet the Department 3rd March 2021
It might seem odd to profile a white cis male for International Women’s Day but the fight for equality doesn’t just fall on the shoulders of women, it takes every member of society to stand up and advocate for equality. Many men are challenging the ‘norm’ and working to progress women’s rights and Giles Johnson is one of them.
Research and impact 18th February 2021
PhD student and President’s Doctoral Scholar Lingqian Xu’s research has revealed an association between consumption of arsenic-bearing rice and mortality due to cardiovascular disease (CVD) in England and Wales. Lingqian’s work is adding to the increasing evidence of detrimental health outcomes arising from what have previously been widely considered to be low levels of arsenic exposure.
Research and impact 21st September 2020
PhD student Zhongwei Zhao’s research has revealed how erosion by waves is destroying a volcanic cone in the Azores, first quickly and then more slowly. We highlight two recent publications that Zhongwei has contributed to, with implications that include the possibility of predicting erosion trends and the creation of shallow banks and guyots in reef‐less mid‐oceanic archipelagos.
Meet the Department 3rd September 2020
In this blog post Dr Nick Marsden, Experimental Officer for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, discusses his background and how this led to an academic and professional career in industry and research. Nick’s story showcases the ways that talent, ambition, education and industrial experience can result in a successful science career which really makes a difference.
Research and impact 21st August 2020
We spoke with Professor Francis Livens, Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute, about the launch of the Radioactive Waste Management Research Support Office.
Research and impact 17th August 2020
Professor Mike Burton and PhD student Ben Esse from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are contributing authors to a new article titled, ‘iFit: A simple method for measuring volcanic SO2 without a measured Fraunhofer reference spectrum’. Ben told us more about their research which provides insights into magmatic processes and monitoring volcanic activity.
Research and impact 29th July 2020
Dr Neil Mitchell has recently contributed a research article to Scienceometrics, titled: ‘Comparing the post-WWII publication histories of oceanography and marine geoscience’. The article is a fascinating look at the distinctions and similarities between marine geoscience and oceanography. Dr Mitchell assesses the patterns in scientific publications within these subjects which can reveal trends that reflect changes in research style due to technological capabilities, economic and political factors.