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Expertise of research area
Earth history; environmental chemistry; materials chemistry; metal-organic frameworks; minerals; oxidation; palaeobiology; pollution; supramolecular chemistry

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We have the capacity to supervise a wide range of projects involving biogeochemical processes in experimental systems, modern environments and throughout Earth&#039;s history. Our expertise covers the full range of spatial scales from the interactions of ions with mineral surfaces, through to the global cycling of important elements.

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<p>We have well-equipped labs and extensive experience of lab, field and geochemical modelling. which we apply to these broad areas:</p> <ul> <li>How minerals interact with, and control, the chemistry of Earth surface environments.</li> <li>Processes in Earth&rsquo;s critical zone, the region that supports human agriculture and most life-sustaining resources.</li> <li>The cycling of elements in modern marine and terrestrial environments to explore modern biogeochemical cycles, use them as ancient Earth analogues, or to predict the behaviour of important contaminants.</li> <li>The evolution of Earth&rsquo;s surface environment, with a particular focus on how this interacts with major evolutionary events such as the rise of multicellular life, or mass extinctions.</li> </ul> <p>Candidates will benefit from our excellent facilities, our collegiate and supportive research culture and our wide collaborative network.</p> <p>Areas of particular expertise include:</p> <ul> <li>records and causes of past sea-level change</li> <li>macroevolutionary and macroecological processes in deep time</li> <li>ice sheet modelling</li> <li>climate modelling</li> <li>geochemical box modelling</li> <li>ocean circulation through time</li> <li>chemosynthetic communities</li> <li>numerical palaeontology</li> <li>evolution of ocean and atmosphere chemistry</li> <li>carbonate based element and stable isotope environmental proxies&nbsp;</li> <li>the cycles of phosphorus, iron, sulfur and carbon in modern and ancient environments</li> <li>sedimentary geochemistry</li> <li>mass extinctions</li> <li>proxies for ocean oxygenation</li> <li>organic geochemistry</li> </ul> <h5>Why do your PhD at Leeds?</h5> <p><strong>Study in an active research environment&nbsp;</strong><br /> Studying your PhD with us means you&rsquo;ll be working in a professional research environment, using UK-leading facilities to bring your project to life &ndash; alongside active researchers who are at the forefront of their area.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>A strong network of support &nbsp;</strong><br /> The Leeds Doctoral College connects our community of researchers and can offer you the guidance, services and opportunities you&rsquo;ll need to get the most out of your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Close industry links&nbsp;</strong><br /> Our partnerships and links to companies and academic institutions give you the opportunity to network at industry talks, seminars and conferences, building connections that&#39;ll benefit your next steps after you complete your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Professional skills development &nbsp;</strong><br /> We think of the whole picture at Leeds. That&rsquo;s why we offer a range of workshops and courses that&#39;ll enhance your skillset further and transfer into your professional career.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Personal and wellbeing services&nbsp;</strong><br /> Mental health and wellbeing support are integral to who we are at Leeds and you&rsquo;ll have access to the full range of services we offer to ensure you&rsquo;re feeling your best &ndash; and reaching your potential in your studies.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Join our global community&nbsp;</strong><br /> We welcome students, researchers, academics, partners and alumni from more than 140 countries, all over the world. This means, as a university, we&rsquo;re bringing together different cultures and perspectives which helps strengthen our research &ndash; and societal impact.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Research degrees within the School of Earth and Environment</a></li> <li><a href="">Cohen Geochemistry</a></li> <li><a href="">School of Earth and Environment, Research and Innovation</a></li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact&nbsp;<a href="">Professor Caroline Peacock</a>.</p> <p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 1314.</p>