Environmental & Biogeochemistry

The Biogeochemistry research group addresses chemical processes in natural and human-influenced environments. We work across contemporary and palaeo timeframes, within the terrestrial, aquatic and deep Earth environments.

Our analytical strengths span inorganic chemistry, stable and radioactive isotopes, noble gases and trace organic analysis. This analytical capability is used to address fundamental and applied research that is closely aligned with policy and practice. 

Contemporary nutrient cycling in soil-water-biological systems

From soil to catchment to coast, transfers of carbon, phosphorus and nitrogen are studied to understand the impacts of human activity on nutrient cycles and ecosystems.  

Metal toxicology in soils, sediments and waters

Trace metal speciation and bioavailability represent key sources of environmental toxicity. DGT (Diffusive Gradient Thin-films) and DET (Diffusive Equilibrium in Thin-films) technology are used to study the fate and transfer of trace metal species throughout aqueous and terrestrial environments.

Organic contaminants

Research into the source, fate and behaviour of persistent organic pollutants is used to develop a quantitative understanding of the effects of these contaminants on the environment.    

Subsurface crustal fluids

Carbon, hydrogen and noble gas isotopes are applied to resolve issues of energy demand, groundwater pollution and geological carbon sequestration.

Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction

Stable isotopes in lake sediments, speleothems and foraminifera are used to reconstruct environmental conditions throughout the Quaternary.

Radionuclides in the environment

Natural radionuclides are studied as tracers of water and sediments in marine and freshwater environments. The behaviour and fate of artificial radionuclides and their potential impact on Man and ecosystems are also addressed.

People

Group Leader

Centre for Biophotonics, Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 593899

Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 510262 B061, B - Floor, LEC 1

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Energy Lancaster, Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Sustainable Catchments

+44 (0)1524 510224 A532a, A - Floor, LEC 1

Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Improving global stewardship, Sustainable Catchments

+44 (0)1524 510225 C044, C - Floor, CEH

Energy Lancaster, Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 593896 A512, A - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 594516 A504, A - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 593371 A511, A - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Publications

Projects

Visualising Pathogen & Environmental Risk (ViPER) : an innovation platform to bridge science and decision-making in catchment microbial dynamics
01/10/2014 → 31/03/2015
Research

Exploiting root exudation of organic acids and phytases to enhance plant utilisation of soil phosphorus
31/03/2014 → 31/08/2017
Research

Knowledge, policy and practice for sustainable nutrient management and water resources protection in UK and Chinese agro-ecosystems
01/01/2014 → 31/01/2016
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Towards disease diagnosis through spectrochemical imagining of tissue architecture
12/11/2013 → 11/11/2016
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Controls on Soil Carbon Export revealed by Novel Tracers on multiple timescales
01/10/2013 → 30/09/2016
Other

Quantifying the methane flux from beneath an Icelandic glacier
30/09/2013 → 30/09/2016
Research

Biogenic Emissions Modelling Review
15/05/2013 → 14/07/2013
Research

Algal Interactions with Freshwater Mussels in the River Ehen
22/03/2013 → 31/03/2019
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Knowledge Policy and Practice for Sustainable Nutrient and Water Resources Protection in UK and Chinese Agro-Ecosystems
01/02/2013 → 31/03/2016
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Airborne Measurements of Ozone Precursor Fluxes
17/11/2012 → 16/11/2014
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Optimising nutrient use efficiency in crop production using biospectroscopy as a novel plant monitoring system
01/10/2012 → 30/09/2015
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Trace gas emissions from Amazonia influence secondary organic aerosol (CLAIRE UK)
01/10/2012 → 31/03/2016
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ERDF funded Centre for Global Eco-Innovation: Recovery, Reuse and Sustainable Treatment of Glycol Contaminated Surface Water Run-off at Airports.
30/09/2012 → …
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Breathe Easier: Adaptation of Passive directional air-pollution sampler
01/09/2012 → …
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Implementing Component 2 of Demonstration Test Catchments
01/06/2012 → 30/09/2017
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Diversity in Upland Rivers for Ecosystem Service Sustainability - DURESS
01/05/2012 → 30/06/2016
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Chinese Academy of Sciences Collaboration
01/04/2012 → 31/03/2018
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Landscape burden and storm driven delivery of E.coli from land to water in a headwater catchment
12/03/2012 → 29/02/2016
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An informatics based approach to monitoring glacier movement
01/01/2012 → …
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CASE: On line detection and diagnosis of plant damage and stress by herbivores and pathogens
01/10/2011 → …
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Delivering Healthy Water: building the science-policy interface to protect bathing water quality
01/10/2011 → 31/03/2013
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FP7: Intasense: Intagrated air quality sensor for energy efficent Enviromental control
01/10/2011 → 30/09/2014
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Catchment Modelling Strategies for Faecal Indicator Organisms: Options Review and Recommendations
01/09/2010 → 01/03/2011
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High resolution isotope analysis of Iberian speleothem deposits
01/09/2010 → 30/03/2014
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Nutrient biogeochemistry (Phosphorus dynamics in groudwater-fed rivers)
01/06/2010 → 31/01/2015
Research

The Svalbard Exemplar of neoproterozoic glaciation
01/04/2010 → 30/04/2014
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Arctic Health Risks: Impacts on Health in the Arctic & Europe due to Climate-induced changes in Contaminant cycling
01/06/2009 → 31/01/2014
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Implications of groundwater surface water connectivity for nitrogen transformations in the hyporheic zone
01/01/2009 → 30/04/2012
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Phosphorus dynamics in groundwater fed rivers
01/11/2008 → 31/10/2013
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Delivery of Phosphorus and Faecal Indicator Organisms from Agricultural Sources to Watercourses
01/07/2008 → 31/12/2013
Research

Lost in Translation: Cross - disciplinary analysis of knowledge exchange and effectiveness in animal disease management
01/07/2008 → 30/11/2011
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Sustainable regeneration: From evidence based urban futures to implementation
01/05/2008 → 30/04/2012
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The origin of sulphur isotopic variations in coral
01/04/2008 → 01/04/2009
Research

NERC 'ArcPOP' NE/E00511X/1
01/02/2008 → 31/01/2011
Other

Compound specific organic matter and the speleothem record
01/10/2007 → 01/10/2008
Research

FP6: Governat
01/10/2006 → 30/09/2010
Research

Evaluation of mitigation options for reducing nutrient emission to surface water and groundwater at the river basin scale.
30/03/2006 → …
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Phosphorus Uncertainty Fellowship
20/12/2005 → 31/05/2012
Research

The Catchment Change Management Hub
01/01/1900 → …
Research

Research Highlights

Organic phosphorus call to action
Research into organic phosphorus is key to ensure future food security and environmental sustainability.

Climate change and nutrient run-off
Dramatic changes will be needed in agricultural practices to offset increases in phosphorus losses due to climate change, researchers warn in a new study.

Natural measures to prevent floods valuable but not ‘a silver bullet’, researchers say
Natural measures to manage flooding from rivers can play a valuable role in flood prevention, but a lack of monitoring means their true potential remains unclear, researchers say.