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Department of Earth Sciences

Staff and Postgraduate Students

Professor Fred Worrall, MA (Cantab)1992, PhD (Reading)1995

Undergraduate Admissions Director, Professor of Environmental Chemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42295
Room number: Rm 326

Contact Professor Fred Worrall (email at fred.worrall@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

2013 – present — Professor in Environmental Chemistry, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Durham.

2006 – 2012: — Professor Reader in Environmental Chemistry, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Durham.

2002 – 2006 — Professor Senior lecturer in Environmental Chemistry, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Durham.

1998  2002: — Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Durham.

1996 – 1998 — Temporary lecturer in Environmental Chemistry, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Durham.

1995 – 1996 — Higher Scientific Officer, Fluid Processes Group, British Geological Survey

1995 — PhD (Reading)

1992 — MA (Cantab)


Career Research Highlights

Fred’s research career started with work on pesticide pollution which included use of molecular modelling that lead to an ab initio explanation of groundwater pollution and new methods of measuring groundwater vulnerability. While in Durham, Fred was the first to develop a complete carbon budget for a Peatlands which was extended to consider impact of management upon the greenhouse gas balance of Peatlands and modelling of these fluxes. More recent work has considered global processes and especially the impact of the oxidation state of the terrestrial biosphere.


Committee and Society Service

Member of the NERC peer review college


Conferences and Workshops

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 — “Peatlands”. Session Convenor, EGU General Assembly

2007“Biogeochemical fluxes from northern watersheds”, Session Convenor, AGU Fall Meeting


Invited Speaker (selected, since 2008)

2012 — AGU Fall Meeting

2011 — AGU Fall Meeting

2010 — AGU Fall meeting

2008 — EGU General Assembly


Membership of Organisations and Societies

Member of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences

Member of the European Geosciences Union

Member of the American Geophysical Union


Research Groups

Department of Earth Sciences

Research Interests

  • Agricultural pollution, especially pesticide and nitrate pollution
  • Carbon biogeochemistry especially of peats and rivers
  • Contaminant hydrology
  • Environmental chemistry

Teaching Areas

  • Earth and Environment (1st year)

Supervises

Selected Publications

Journal Article

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Departmental Contacts

RoleNameExtemail address
Head of Department Professor Andy Aplin 42332 a.c.aplin@durham.ac.uk
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor Dr Richard J Brown 42303 richard.brown3@durham.ac.uk
Deputy Undergraduate Admissions Tutor Prof. Fred Worrall 42295 fred.worrall@durham.ac.uk
Chairman of the Board of Examiners Professor Ken McCaffrey 42299
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor Dr. Stuart Jones 42319 stuart.jones@durham.ac.uk
Department Manager Mrs Jill Hoult 42326 j.l.hoult@durham.ac.uk
Learning & Teaching Administrator Mrs Janice Oakes 42310 janice.oakes@durham.ac.uk
Senior Finance Assistant Mrs Paula Elliott 43490
Finance Administrator Mrs Karen Atkinson 42318
Director of Postgraduate Studies Dr. Jeroen van Hunen 42293 jeroen.van-hunen@durham.ac.uk
Director of Research Dr Ed Llewellin 42336 ed.llewellin@durham.ac.uk
Teaching and Learning Committee Chairman Dr Simon Mathias 43491 s.a.mathias@durham.ac.uk
Director of Undergraduate Studies Dr Claire Horwell 42253 claire.horwell@durham.ac.uk
Staff-Student Liaison Committee Chairman Dr Claire Horwell 42253 claire.horwell@durham.ac.uk
Natural Sciences Academic Contact Prof. Yaoling Niu 42311
Safety Officer Dr Chris Ottley 42325
Safety Adviser Fieldwork Dr Nic de Paola 42333 nicola.de-paola@durham.ac.uk
Departmental Research Administrator Mrs Dianne Whatcott 42305

dianne.whatcott@durham.ac.uk

Departmental Superintendent Mr James Dyson 42281

james.dyson@durham.ac.uk