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EEES is home to a thriving research community with a shared vision to understand the processes and systems that nourish and sustain the world around us, from the microbial through to the planetary scale and beyond.

Activity is grouped into thematic areas: Astrobiology; Dynamic Earth; Earth System Modelling; Ecosystems; Educational Research; and Palaeoenvironmental Change; plus Analytical Facilities and PhD Students.

Our publication record is available from Open Research Online.

Researchers from EEES have made important contributions to unravelling the dynamics behind past mass extinction events deep in Earth history, the origins of the Himalaya, detecting the precursors of volcanic activity, and the evidence for life on other planets.

With a commitment to respond positively to the climate emergency, EEES researchers are searching for clues to our future deep in the past, as well as in remote and sensitive contemporary ecosystems and in the complex dynamics of the global financial and economic systems.

Our research is extremely comprehensive in breadth and strongly interdisciplinary in flavour. Each Research Group supports its own focused research activity, but all groups are thoroughly connected to their own international research networks, as well as with collaborators across the School and the University.

Our research is internationally recognised, bringing in net income consistently around £2m per year, and scoring consistently well in national research assessment exercises. EEES research regularly appears in the top journals including Nature and Science and is frequently featured in mainstream news media. We are committed to engaging with the users and ultimate beneficiaries of our research, and the School has a distinguished track record at the forefront of engaged research and citizen science.

To maintain and enhance all this activity, the School boasts an impressive suite of world-class laboratory facilities, and has comprehensive mentoring systems in place for external funding and career progression, most particularly for our energetic and diverse community of postgraduate researchers.

We welcome enquiries for postdoctoral research positions and PhD studentships please see our available opportunities or contact a relevant Research Group Lead.

Neil Edwards, Director of Research

Neil Edwards

Director of Research

Kadmiel Maseyk, Postgraduate Research Tutor

Kadmiel Maseyk

Postgraduate Research Tutor

Clare Warren, REF Co-Chair

Clare Warren

REF Co-Chair


New OU/BBC Series: Gold Town

Dr Julie Robson from EEES has been working alongside colleagues from FASS as an academic consultant on a new OU/BBC series called Gold Town

1st March 2021

New book klaxon: Introduction to Metamorphic Petrology

We are delighted to announce publication of the second edition of Introduction to Metamorphic Petrology, authored by Bruce Yardley and our very own Clare Warren.

8th February 2021

Virtual Microscope - revised and relaunched

Launched in 2012, our Virtual Microscope open-access website has been relaunched following a makeover in early 2021.

20th January 2021
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