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Research in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at The Open University is grouped into five interlinked themes: EcosystemsPalaeoenvironmental ChangeDynamic EarthEarth System Modelling and Educational Research. Use the interactive map below to explore some of our fieldwork locations.


We have strong interdisciplinary links in the areas of planetary sciences as well as with our Mathematics, Computing and Technology Schools and with Geography in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Our excellent range of research facilities includes an extensive suite of ultra-clean geochemical laboratories, gas and solid source mass spectrometry, electron microprobe, XRF, ion and gas chromatography, a suite of ecosytems labs and controlled environment units.

We welcome enquiries for postdoctoral research positions and PhD studentships – please see our available opportunities or contact a relevant staff member.

If you would like to know more about our Research, please contact the Director of Research, Dr Neil Edwards.


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