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Department of Earth Sciences

Current 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

  • Climate and Environmental Change
  • Geoenergy, Resources and Waste

Research Interests

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

Supervises

Selected Publications

Journal Article

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