About our research

The Geosystems Research Group combines strong expertise in tectonics, palaeobiology, paleoclimatology, and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction.

Research in the palaeo themes is diverse, with expertise in plants, pollen, dinosaurs, fish, marine phytoplankton and microarthropods combining with inorganic and organic geochemists and sedimentologists to understand the long-term interactions between Earth's climate and biosphere, from the Neoproterozoic to the Holocene. Research in tectonics ranges from mantle dynamics, the formation of mid-ocean ridges and rifted margins, to the mechanics of magma emplacement, using modelling, 2D and 3D seismic, and rock magnetism.

Research funding includes UK Research Councils, the EU, US National Science Foundation, the Royal Society, petroleum industry and charities. We work with many collaborators in the UK and from the EU, USA, Australia, Japan, China and Brazil, with a number of staff actively involved in large-scale international projects, such as the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program.