A little about the science that I do...
I work towards understanding how past climate extremes influenced the evolution of life on Earth. The ultimate aim is to use knowledge of the past to understand the human impact on Earth processes and how we can better integrate with nature to conserve the natural world.
Rocks are like an encyclopaedia recording the entire 4.5 billion year history of the Earth. Layer upon layer of information held within rocks can be used to reconstruct the evolution of life on our planet and how the climate and oceans have transformed over time. My research has used a number of different geochemical methods to unravel the information held within rocks, from dating techniques using radioactive elements to tell the time a rock was deposited, to studying chemical elements within ancient ocean and lake sediments to understand the evolving chemistry of Earth’s aquatic systems.
Below are some brief insights into some of the current and past projects that I have worked on as a PhD student at Durham University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard and McGill Universities. Please feel free to contact me for more detailed information, a full list of publications or a copy of my CV.
These projects have been carried out in collaboration with fellow scientists at a number of universities and organisations including; Durham University; Harvard University; McGill University, Montreal; Leeds University; Newcastle University; University of California, Riverside; Curtin University, Perth; Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand; and the USGS, Denver. For more information please contact me.