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Department of Earth Sciences

Theme Statement:

Climate and environmental change research with the Department of Earth Sciences covers almost the full range of geologic time, from reconstructing the timing and severity of billion-year old ‘Snowball Earth’ episodes to estimating how land management may affect terrestrial carbon reservoirs in the future. Broad issues researched include reconstructing the migration of major atmospheric systems in deep time, major diversifications and extinctions in deep time, reconstructing Holocene tropical cyclone activity, exploring the effects of climate on the ancient oceans, and investigating the link between climate and tectonics. Our research under this theme utilises cutting-edge geochemical techniques, palaeontology, modelling, and environmental monitoring, and ultimately aims to help predict future shifts in climate by better understanding how the Earth’s climate and environment have altered in the past and helped drive biotic change.


Mark AllenJames BaldiniKevin BurtonMartin SmithGillian FoulgerJon GluyasDave HarperStuart JonesDarren GröckeColin MacphersonDave SelbyFred Worrall


Lisa Baldini

Associated Research Projects

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ERC Starting Grant – €1.4M

James Baldini


Establishing causes of sea-level change and oceanic anoxia in the Late Cretaceous: regional versus global patterns*

NERC Standard Grant – £560k

Darren Gröcke – Dave Selby

European Commission 7th Framework


EU ITN network

Kevin Burton – Helen Williams

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Lowland peatland systems in England and Wales – evaluating greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon balances*

DEFRA Project SP1210 – £272k

Fred Worrall – with CEH Bangor, Rothamsted Research, Universities of Leeds and Leicester.

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The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE)

FNU (Danish Research Council) – DKK 4M

David Harper

Associated Research Groups

Associated Research Facilities