British Geological Survey staff who hold honorary positions at the University of Nottingham

Environmental modelling

Dr Murray Lark is an environmental statistician at the British Geological Survey. His primary research interests are in spatial statistics and its application to robust sampling and modelling of earth–system processes, particularly in the soil. He has developed methods for multi–scale analysis of complex spatial processes which have been applied to the study of nutrient cycling and soil quality.

Climate and landscape change

Dr Jim Riding is a biostratigrapher and a Team Leader in the Climate and Landscape Change Science Area at the British Geological Survey. He is also an honorary Lecturer in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham where he teaches palaeontology on the Environmental Geosciences BSc course. Jim's main research focus is on Mesozoic-Cenozoic palynology, including aspects such as Jurassic dinoflagellate cyst palaeobiology and global Late Miocene and Pliocene vegetation and climate change.

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Geochronology and Tracers Facility

Prof Jane Evans at the British Geological Survey and holds an Honorary Professorship in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests focus on the use of isotope systems to study the relationship, in the past, between people and their environment, and to develop models for the technological development and trade of artefacts such as glass and metal ware through time.

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Geology and regional geophysics

Dr Colin Waters is a Principal Mapping Geologist at the British Geological Survey. He is also a honorary Lecturer in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham where he teaches on the Environmental Geosciences BSc. Colin’s main research focus is the geology and landscapes of England and Wales, with particular interest in Carboniferous successions, the Anthropocene, and National Geological Models.

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Groundwater

Prof Rob Ward is the Director of Science for Groundwater at the BGS and an honorary Professor in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham. Rob is responsible for managing an integrated programme of research addressing groundwater protection, management and impacts of environmental change at the BGS. His personal research interests include assessing the risks to groundwater from shale gas exploitation, groundwater pollution by nitrates and emerging contaminants, the impacts on groundwater from extreme climate-driven events, and developing better links between science outcomes and policy/decision making.

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Inorganic geochemistry group

Dr Louise Ander is an environmental geochemist and works within Inorganic Geochemistry at the British Geological Survey. She is also an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham. Louise is particularly interested in processes controlling background concentrations of elements in water and soil, and applying this to understand potential exposure to humans, crops or livestock.

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Dr Simon Chenery is an analytical geochemist within Inorganic Geochemistry, British Geological Survey. Simon’s research interests include: movement of stable and radioactive contaminant elements through the environment; growth structures of aquatic biota as tape-recorders of environmental change; the geochemical characterisation of archaeological materials (glass, flint and pottery) for provanancing their sources and understanding trading patterns.

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Dr Michael Watts is Head of Inorganic Geochemistry at the British Geological Survey. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham. His areas of interest are in ecosystem and human health (in particular in relation to methods for assessing risk & routes of exposure to metals), specialist ICP-MS applications in elemental speciation and micronutrient deficiencies linked to food security and human health in developing countries.

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Organic geochemistry group

Dr Christopher Vane is Head of Organic Geochemistry and Team Leader for Environmental Observation and Change at the British Geological Survey. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham. His focus is on the use organic compounds to solve problems in climate and environmental change, energy and pollution. For example, he has on going projects investigating the biogeochemical cycling of carbon in salt marshes and mangrove systems with projects in Russia, USA, Puerto Rico and Japan; he investigates the spatial and temporal distribution of persistent organic pollutants in urbanised estuaries (Thames, Clyde) and surface soils (London, Glasgow) and he is involved in projects which characterise organic matter in conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon systems in order to improve resource estimates.

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Dr Clement Uguna is a BGS Research Fellow within Organic Geochemistry investigating the mechanism of shale gas formation and how gas is stored within shale rocks in unconventional reservoirs by using high water pressure pyrolysis technique to simulate shale gas generation as a function of temperature and pressure over geological time scales. This is to improve our understanding of the mechanism of shale gas formation and how it is stored within shale rocks.

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Soil and Landscape Processes

Dr Barry Rawlins is the Team Leader for Soil and Landscape Processes and an Honorary Associate Professor within the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham. Barry is interested in a diverse range of soil science applied topics including digital soil mapping and the biogeochemistry of carbon and phosphorus.  In both environmental geochemistry and soil science Barry has used geostatistical techniques to understand the controls on the distribution of macronutrients, naturally occurring radiation and pollutants in both rural and urban settings, mostly in the UK.

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Dr Andrew Tye is a process geochemist in the Soils, Landscape and Climate Processes Team and an Honorary Lecturer within the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham. Andy is interested in a diverse range of soil related topics including major nutrient cycles (N, P) in soils and waters, trace element cycling, especially in alluvial soils and the effects of land use change and time on soil properties. He has undertaken work on soil erosion, weathering and soil formation. He is also interested in the Ecosystems Services and Natural Capital concepts for soils.

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Stable Isotope Facility

Dr Jonathan Dean is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at BGS and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham. He is using stable isotope analysis of lake sediments to reconstruct past changes in climate in east Africa, on NERC Standard Grant "A 500,000-year environmental record from Chew Bahir, south Ethiopia: testing hypotheses of climate-driven human evolution, innovation, and dispersal".

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Dr Angela Lamb leads stable isotope applications at the British Geological Survey and holds an Honorary Research Fellowship in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests focus on the use of stable isotopes to understand past diets, human and animal interactions with the environment and human and animal migration. Angela currently works on a variety of isotope-based projects with the University of Nottingham including the recently awarded AHRC grant: Changing Scientific and Cultural Perspectives on Human-Chicken Interactions and the AHRC - funded Fallow Deer Project which aims to reconstruct the cultural significance of this species' diffusion across Europe.

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