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Research interests

I am interested in how the Earth works. I’ve always followed my curiosity, and at different times have looked at movement of water between ocean basins, recolonisation of the tops of marine avalanches by microorganisms, how petrifying springs work, cleaning up hyperalkaline pollution, rainfall changes in northern Africa and the Mediterranean, icebergs in the North Pacific and the carbon flow between bedrock and surface water. Surprisingly, I’ve been using the same tools in all these studies, through investigating the chemistry of sediment, especially limestone and similar carbonate bodies. Carbonate makes up the shells of microorganisms I use to study changes in the ocean, are the major mineral forming in freshwater springs, rivers and lakes, forms a sink for hyperalkaline pollution and carries most of the inorganic carbon in the Earths crust. Carbonate geochemistry is a really diverse area to work in, and there are always surprising new things to learn!

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD

31 Aug 200331 Dec 2099

Award Date: 31 Aug 2003

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