Geochemistry is a key theme in the Dynamic Earth Research and Palaeoenvironmental Change groups have been a major focus of the research carried out at The Open University for nearly 40 years.
Academics and researchers from Earth sciences use cutting-edge geochemical techniques, such as laser ablation (LA) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and solution ICP-MS, to study a very diverse range of problems in the Earth and environmental sciences. Our research interests include ore formation and the evolution of the Earth's mantle and crust, palaeoceanography, water-related alteration processes, palaeoenvironmental change, impact cratering and the early Earth, climate change, magmatism and metamorphism related to mountain building.
Potential research projects
We encourage enquiries from prospective students on any geochemical or geochronological aspect of Earth evolution and ore formation. Lists of postgraduate research projects likely to be available for a 2020 start will become available towards the end of 2019.
Please also see further opportunities.