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Dr Darren R. Gröcke, BSc (Hons), DPhil (Oxon)

Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42282
Room number: Rm 1.04, Christopherson Building

(email at d.r.grocke@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

2017 — Associate Professor (Reader), Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, UK.

2008 – 2016 — Reader, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, UK.

2007 – 2008  — Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, UK.

2006 – 2007  — Associate Professor, School of Geography & Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Canada.

2003 – 2006  — Assistant Professor, School of Geography & Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Canada.

2000 – 2003  — Lecturer, Department of Geology, Royal Holloway University of London, UK.

Research Interests

Darren Gröcke is the Director of the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory (SIBL — more details can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/stablesibl/home) in Durham University. He is an international expert in the field of stable isotope geochemistry and in particular stable carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen isotopes. His research interests are not confined to a specific topic or specific time interval, but span all the sciences and the geological record. Research areas that he has made significant advances is in stable isotope stratigraphy, understanding the causes and consequences of oceanic anoxic events, carbon isotopes in fossil plants as a stratigraphic tool, palaeodietary reconstruction with nitrogen isotopes, and the application of hydrogen isotopes in beetles as a recorder of climate and environment.

Current research projects include:

  • Stable isotopes in macroalgae
  • Cultivation in archaeology as recorded by nitrogen isotopes
  • Understanding modern organic carbon burial in estuarine environments
  • Hydrogen isotopes in archaeological collagen
  • Climatic and environmental change recorded at the Triassic/Jurassic boundary
  • Silurian stratigraphy of evaporite environments
  • Stable isotope records in tree rings
  • Archaeology and environment of submersed forests around the UK coast

Research Groups

Department of Earth Sciences

Research Interests

  • Black Shales
  • Botany
  • Environment
  • Geochemistry
  • Oceanic anoxic events
  • Palaeobotany
  • Palaeoceanography
  • Palaeoclimates
  • Palaeodiets
  • Palaeoenvironments
  • Sea level
  • Sedimentology
  • Stable Isotopes
  • Stratigraphy

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Report

  • Gröcke, D. R. & Cannon, A. (2007). Stable Isotopes in Archaeological Midden Shells: High-Resolution Paleoclimatic & Paleoenvironmental Archives.

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Supervises

Selected Grants

  • 2015: Scanning probe microscope - stable isotope mass spectrometer (SPM-SIMS) for establishing mineral chemistry equilibria (£322296.00 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2014: Seaweeds: an ignored geochemical system in modern and ancient oceans (£19663.00 from OEA Laboratories Limited)
  • 2014: Unconventional Offshore Petroleum - extracting oil from active source rocks of the Kimmeridge Clay Formation of the North Sea (£90000.00 from Jersey Oil & Gas PLC)
  • 2011: Establishing causes of sea-level change and oceanic anoxia in the Late Cretaceous: regional versus global patterns (£569600.19 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2010: Environmental Challenge at Buttery Oxbrow (£8160.00 from Natural England)
  • 2010: Establishing causes of sea-level change and oceanic anoxia in the Late Cretaceous: regional versus global patterns [under consideration by NERC]
  • 2009: Characterizing mantle input during the Cenomanian/Turonian oceanic anoxic event using osmium isotopes (£35498.68 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2009: Characterizing mantle input during the Cenomanian/Turonian oceanic anoxic event using osmium isotopes (NE/G009678/1)
  • 2008: OBTAINING A HIGH-LATITUDE SOUTHERN (£110538.71 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2008: Obtaining a high-latitude Southern Hemisphere Cretaceous record: Naturaliste Plateau and Mentelle Basin Virtual Site Survey (NE/G001332/1)