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Department of Earth Sciences

Research Projects


Durham Earth Sciences is currently host to numerous large projects which are a major part of the active research being undertaken in the department. These links provide further information on these projects.

Note: *Starred hyperlinks link to an external web page.

Geoenergy, Resources and Waste

Durham Investigator(s) Sponsor Title Value Dates
Prof. Chris Greenwell BP & NERC Oil & Gas CDT Understanding the Nanogeochemistry of Low Salinity Enhanced Oil Recovery. £60,000 31/01/2020
Prof. Jon Gluyas EPSRC Systems Integration of Energy Supply and Demand * £198,048 30/09/2021
Prof. Bob Holdsworth BGS UK Oil and Gas -Student Support £49,396 31/08/2021
Prof. Colin Macpherson NERC Tellurium and Selenium Cycling and Supply * £113,087 31/05/2021
Prof. Andy Aplin Durham University (NERC CDT in Oil & Gas) and Shell Quantitative Controls of Pore Systems in Carbonate-rich Shales £20,000 30/09/2019
Prof. Fred Worrall Environmental Agency REFINE Consortium * £30,000 31/12/2018
Prof. Dave Selby TOTAL Absolute Dating of Oil by the Re-Os Geochronometer £127,234 30/09/2019
Prof. Andy Aplin
Dr. Nicola De Paola
Prof. Fred Worrall
NERC Impact of hydraulic fracturing in the overburden of shale resource plays: Process-based evaluation (SHAPE-UK) £255,372 31/05/2022

Geohazards

Durham Investigator(s) Sponsor Title Value Dates
Dr. Claire Horwell - with collaborators in Psychology, Anthropology,
SASS and School of Medicine, academic partners in Indonesia, Mexico and Japan
Wellcome Trust & DfID. HIVE - Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions. * £585,963 30/10/2018
Stefan Nielsen(Co-Investigator) EU NOFEAR - New Outlook on seismic faults: From EARthquake nucleation to arrest * £128,820 30/06/2019
Prof. Jim McElwaine Leverhulme The Rosetta Stone Network: Physical testing towards a common understanding of debris flows £27.300 31/01/2020
Telemaco Tesei Marie Curie STRAIN: fault STRength breAkdown and Implications for earthquake Nucleation * £123,046 10/09/2019
Prof. Peter Talling Marie Curie SLATE ITN - Submarine LAndslides and Their impact on European continental margins * £186,002 30/03/2021
Prof. Peter Talling NERC Co-ordinating and pump-priming international efforts for direct monitoring of active turbidity currents at global 'test sites' * £269,869 16/04/2019
Dr Ed Llewellin NERC DisEQM, Quantifying disequilibrium processes in basaltic volcanism * £454,668 30/08/2021
Dr Kate Dobson NERC Mobilising magma in the largest eruptions: Quantifying critical processes using in situ real time x-ray tomography * £635,337 30/03/2021
Dr Ed Llewellin
Dr. Madeleine Humphreys
NERC Reconstructing eruptive processes from volatile distribution in volcanic glass * £482,410 30/10/2019

The Solid Earth

Durham Investigator(s) Sponsor Title Value Dates
Prof. Richard Hobbs
Prof. Christine Peirce
NERC Consortium Grant OSCAR - Oceanographic and Seismic Characterisation of heat dissipation and alteration by hydrothermal fluids at an Axial Ridge * £537,361 01/112018
Dr. Madeleine Humphreys
Prof. Colin Macpherson
NERC Consortium Grant Mantle volatiles: processes, reservoirs and fluxes * £385,498 31/0/2019
Prof. Colin Macpherson
Prof. Jeroen van Hunen
NERC Consortium Grant Volatile Recycling at the Lesser Antilles Arc: Processes and Consequences * £322,347 31/12/2019
Dr. Nic de Paola
Prof. Bob Holdsworth
Dr. Stefan Nielsen
EU ITN network CREEP – Complex RhEologies in Earth dynamics and industrial Processes * £170,520 31/03/2019
Prof. Colin Macpherson Leverhulme Fingerprinting Interaction of Magma and Carbonate rocks in Java: an explosive volcanic brew
£49,714 30/06/2019
Prof. Jeroen Van-Hunen Marie Curie Subitop - Understanding subduction zone topography through modelling of coupled shallow and deep processes * £160,331 29/02/2020
Prof. Kevin Burton NERC Quantifying the Chemistry of Sulphide in the Core and its Influence on the Composition of the Silicate Earth * £228,302 31/12/2018
Prof. Christine Peirce NERC Role and extent of detachment faulting at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges * £363,370 31/01/2019
Prof. Jereon Van-Hunen NERC The Feedback Between Volatiles and Mantle Dynamics * £273.265 31/12/2019
Prof. Jeroen Van-Hunen NERC £65,191 01/04/2019
Dr. Madeleine Humphreys NERC 31/03/2021
Dr. Philip Heron Horizon 2020
Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Individual Fellowships
TEROPPLATE: Testing the role of thermo-chemical piles in the generation and continuation of plate tectonics * £195,454 31/01/2020
Dr. Julie Prytulak NERC The Distribution of Oxygen in Earth’s Mantle £66,250 31/12/2019
Dr. Madeleine Humphreys Royal Society Fractionation and volatile evolution in arc magmas £277,566 30/06/2019

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