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Ecology and conservation of pangolin using stable isotope forensics

Using metal stable isotopes (V and Re) to investigate chemical weathering of anthropogenic deposits

Understanding the role of benthic fauna and microbes in UK seabed biogeochemical cycles, and how anthropogenic stressors modify these roles and the ecosystem services they generate.

The dark side of snow – understanding surface melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Oceans, ice-sheets and tectonics: investigating climate evolution in the Gulf of Alaska

Next generation conservation genetics at sea: detecting and conserving adaptive potential

Controls on the hydro-geomorphological impact of the 2017 El Nino Costero floods, northern Peru

Ocean-land response to freshwater forcing in the North Atlantic: Using the 8.2kyr Event to understand future climate change.

Waste, resources and pollution: exploring the role of biogas in the energy-food-health nexus in high-altitude Nepal

Reconstructing variability of the ‘cold water route’ through the mid to late Pleistocene

Valuing neo-native species. Is naturalised Scots pine a threat or benefit for climate resilience?

Evolution in action: what drives the generation of new mutations in the Harebell, (Campanula rotundifolia)?

Microbial carbon fixation in geothermal environments as an analogue to early Earth habitability

Environments of Early Agriculture: Where and When did Cultivation take place in Neolithic Catalhoyuk, Turkey?

The effects of ionising radiation on soil communities

Arrival of the fittest: examining the underlying mechanisms of morphological plasticity in an adaptive radiation

Neodymium stable isotopes in rivers and the oceans

Chironomid inferred temperature reconstruction of Late-glacial-Holocene environmental change for Fuego-Patagonia, southern South America.

River restoration and the geomorphology of flood risk

Lindisfarne Landscapes: Geoarchaeological Approaches to Human-Environment Relations

Can we predict the effects of climate induced flood events on the mobility and bioaccessibility of potentially harmful elements?

From our clothes to our oceans; understanding the life cycle of a plastic microfiber

Time, light and sound: nocturnal predators in landscapes of the anthropocene

Recreating the South Orkney Ice Cap: a sentinel of Antarctic Ice Sheet change?

Fluid chemistry and earthquake rupture

Determining the topographic signature of debris flows

Fuelling the Early State: Understanding Energy Use, Resource Management, and Environmental Impacts in the Development of Early Urban Societies

Host-parasite coevolution and the role of sex and inbreeding

Coupled CO2 and oxygen change over the last 100 Myr

Stability controls in subsurface interfaces subjected to thermal and mechanical actions

Global assessment of coastal storm hazards on natural and engineered barriers in a changing climate using process-based indicators

Sea ice evolution and ecosystem responses recorded by Antarctic seabirds

Developing quantitative predictive models of ignimbrite sheet architecture: implications for hazards at modern volcanoes

Structural Inheritance in active and ancient extensional regimes

Understanding the role of the tropical Indian Ocean on regional and global climate over the last 2000 years

Understanding Arsenic removal processes: passive treatment systems as proxies for natural environments

The co-evolution of Earth’s continental crust and hydrosphere: a Si isotope perspective

Effects of Invasive Non-Native Species within ecological networks and consequences for ecosystem function

Unravelling the history of ice sheet change and glacio-isostatic uplift of sub-Antarctic South Georgia.

Assessing the sustainability of high-latitude rangeland grazing areas using high-resolution remote sensing imagery and spatial models of erosion

Reproductive interference in a changing world

Developing novel geophysical tools to investigate urban plant-water processes

Assessing the interactions of chlorinated solvents at clay mineral surfaces

A functional approach to understanding the mechanisms of flood tolerance and survival in Amazonian wetland trees

Building for a changing world?

Evaluation of respiratory health hazard of ash from the 2010-2019 eruption of Sinabung volcano, Indonesia

Indian-Atlantic Ocean connections through the Pliocene and Pleistocene

Profiling active nitrifiers in coastal sediments with single cell approaches and metagenomics

The Heat Beneath Our Feet: Modelling Mine Energy Systems

Machine learning for earthquakes: detecting events in highly noisy time sequences

Does woodland use by bats depend on landscape context? Implications for woodland creation schemes

Forest Species Mapping and Monitoring by Multi-modal Remote Sensing

Continental fragment formation by rifting of orogenic belts

Salt-marsh based records of Common Era relative sea-level changes from the Mediterranean

Novel isotope systems to track CO2 release during rock weathering

Signals from the Soil in Tropical Forest Ecosystems

The global drivers of shifts in mutualistic dependence

The effect of urbanisation on biodiversity in space and time

The Age of the Mackenzie River’s breath: CO2 release from a major Arctic River

Sources and structures of arc volcanism in the Sunda Arc, east Java, Indonesia

A time geography approach for data fusion of movement and environmental data: accounting for uncertainty of movement in resource selection models

How do biomolecules affect calcium carbonate diagenesis and palaeoproxy relationships?

Reconstructions of legacy pollution amid industrialization in southeast Asia: a coupled biomarker approach

Taking the escalator to extinction: Understanding the role of rapid forest expansion in driving hotspots of extinction risk for endemic species in Taiwan

Experimental Analysis and Modelling of Landslides and its Impacts on Infrastructure

Investigating the role of fire in soil biotic processes and carbon storage at tropical grassland-forest transitions

Applying social network and personality trait analyses to understanding and managing human-macaque sympatry in urban Singapore

Understanding leaf litter fungal decomposition and their ecological impact under ionising radiation conditions

Snowguns, seesaws, and CO2: million-year to millennial climate and productivity change in the Arctic

Geochemical relationships of strategic metals of the newly discovered porphyry-epithermal ore deposits, Taca-Taca system, Argentina

Spatter, fountains and plumes: the fragmentation of basaltic magma

Gene expression and sexual selection in sex role reversed flies

Transforming fractures – coupling deformation, heat and fluid flow within the Earth’s evolving oceanic lithosphere

Temporal and Spatial Carbon Cycle Dynamics of an Evolving Tropical Delta.

Real-time monitoring and forecasting of coastal erosion

Understanding how urbanisation impacts diet and fitness of a well-known garden bird, the Blue Tit

The greenhouse gas budget of a tropical ecosystem – has the global carbon sink been underestimated?

Predicting future climate- and catchment-driven risks to the ‘land-water-shellfish continuum’: towards improved decision-support for Scotland’s shellfish waters

Biodiversity responses to infrastructure expansion in the Heart of Borneo, Brunei Darussalam

Ancient insect DNA, stable isotopes and synanthropic environments

Developing a nested, multiscale framework for modelling animal movement processes from long-term tracking data

Pre-Messinian connectivity of the Atlantic and Mediterranean

Exploring the effects of land plants on Palaeozoic ocean oxygenation

The combined environmental health impact of microplastics, toxic algae & human pathogens

Rivers on ice: do supraglacial streams evolve like bedrock rivers?

When the time is right: biophysical interactions in tropical and temperate coastal ecosystems

Storm processes and impacts in geologically controlled barrier islands: Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Experimental High-Pressure, High-Temperature Evolution of Microbial Biosignatures

Sensitivity of East Antarctic outlet glaciers to future climate change

Genetic mechanisms of amphibian colour pattern and toxicity in the natural environment

Novel reconstructions of seawater chemistry and CO2 over the last 100 Myr

Investigating the long-term effects of chronic radiation exposure on immunity

Post-Caldera Volcanic, Magmatic, and Structural Evolution of Ischia Volcano, Italy

Illuminating the internal condition of safety-critical infrastructure slopes: new geophysical approaches for landslide hazard assessment

A story of two Lagoons- Observation and modelling of the impacted Venice (Italy) and pristine Razelm-Sinoe (Romania) Lagoons

Exploring adaptive microbiome variation in sticklebacks from geothermally-heated populations

The nature of Earth’s deep and dynamic carbon cycle

The dynamic response of Arabidopsis thaliana to extreme environmental stressors

How soil characteristics affect the efficiency of energy geostructures?

Rwanda’s strategic Sn-W-Ta endowment: Tectonic and metallogenic framework

Volatile element and critical metal cycles beneath the Greenland Craton

Systematic investigation of postseismic slip, from laboratory scale to satellite’s-eye view

Positive Ion Mass Spectrometry (PIMS) – The next generation in radiocarbon analysis

Using remote imaging and machine learning tools to quantify ecological impacts of red deer (Cervus elaphus)

Crustal and lithospheric heterogeneities and their role in controlling the thermal structure of sedimentary basins: a UK case study

Convergence or cryptic evolution? The origins of the cephalopod body plan

From catchment to sea: Changes in particles characteristics using novel in situ and space technologies

Tracking past sea level and environmental changes via novel isotope geochemistry

The record of planetary differentiation preserved in sulfide

Coral osteoporosis: how does seawater phosphate affect the calcification of tropical marine corals?

The stoichiometry of life across the Precambrian-Cambrian boundary

Assessing the impact of restoration on surface and sub-surface changes in peatland hydrology and vegetation dynamics: implications for upland carbon storage

Volcanic eruptions caused by seismic shaking

Vapour phase transport in Earth’s surface environment

Biogeomorphic evolution of wetland and sea level rise: storm and tide interaction with dynamic vegetation patches

Atlantic woodland health: long-term interactions between climate, ecology and management.

Assessing the suitability and sustainability of agricultural development in the North Rupununi region (Guyana) using polarimetric radar

Using satellites to monitor plastics in the world’s oceans

Using machine learning to understand species diversity in tropical forest

Let it snow! Environmental risks factors of artificial snow in winter sports

Response of the north-west Greenland Ice Sheet to recent and future climate change

Continent-scale seismic hazard mitigation using data-driven analysis of large-scale computer models

Plant adaptation to climate change learning from model Betula species

The Rise and Demise of the North China Craton

Iceberg Calving in West Antarctica

Pink salmon invasions in the UK: origins and impacts

How fast can an ice cap collapse? Pushing the limits of geochronology with large particle accelerators

What lies beneath: exploring the role of subsurface energy technologies and resources in a low carbon future

High resolution simulations of Antarctic ice sheet loss

Mathematical modelling of evaporation from sand rivers in Botswana

How does fluctuating selection affect pesticide effectiveness?

Developing combined selenium and sulphur isotopes in hydrothermal ore deposits as a marine redox proxy

Is coral bleaching getting fatter?

Nitrogen isotopes in macroalgae as a forensic tool to determine nitrogen pollution to the oceans

How did the Cameroon Volcanic Line form?

A balancing act? Elemental stoichiometry in coral reefs of the Anthropocene

The Impact of Earthquake-Driven Sediment Supply on Mountain River Dynamics

Remediation of metal-contaminated wastewaters using novel treatment system configurations that harness the sorption capacity of hydrous ferric oxide (HFO)

How does landscape evolution impact ice-sheet dynamics?

Climate-changing volcanic eruptions from magma source to ice core archives: a sulphur isotope perspective

Using zoos to protect climate change threatened taxa and to understand species traits for wildlife tourism

Exposure potential of rural versus urban inland waters for equitably improving population health and wellbeing

The topographic and structural evolution of Antarctica

Active tectonics of the Shanxi Graben System

The Effects of Climate-Related Stressors on Social Behaviour in Fish

The effects of urbanization on physiological indicators of welfare in bats

Reconstructing Earth’s redox evolution with selenium isotopes in hydrothermal ore deposits

Genetic mechanisms for acclimation and adaption to coral bleaching

Quantifying risks to microbial water quality in Guizhou province and the South West China karst region

Improving Urban Coastal Data to support Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change (UrbanCoastAdapt)

The Southern Ocean’s role in CO2 change

A new reconstruction of Laurentide Ice Sheet dynamics based on glacial geomorphology and chronological data

How do plants sense water

Forever Blowing Bubbles: Quantifying Methane Discharge from Inland Water Systems.

Applying agent-based models to predict social-ecological dynamics in mangrove systems

People or Environment: Elucidating the causal factors of the Scottish pine decline in the mid-Holocene

Modelling coral survival in a warming world

Quantitative basin-scale predictive models of volcano-sedimentary architecture: implications for resources and hazards

Carbon Recycling into the Deep Earth

Testing late Miocene global climate cooling and expansion of modern ecosystems: a palaeoceanographic perspective from the margin of East Asia

Do slopes have a favourite shape? Innovative slope profiles for remediation of landslides and the extractive industry

From molecules to populations: the genomic legacy of historic pollution on freshwater fish

Achondrite meteorites as snapshots of Earth’s earliest history

What lies beneath: feeding a basaltic volcanic eruption

Can improving biodiversity help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from small waterbodies?

Reconstructing Holocene climate change in the tropical Andes

Carbon transfers by Large Rivers of South East Asia: CO2 source or sink?

Addressing the Global Methane Crisis with Novel Technology (PIMS-14C)

Critical metals and deep time: decoding the interplay of magmatism, structure and mineralization

Understanding the role of clay mineral redox reactions for Zn sequestration and release

Non-destructive assessment of brittle deformation in geomaterials

Mud Volcanoes as windows to subduction zone processes; slab devolatilisation and mantle serpentinisation in the Mariana forearc

Exploring the effects of land plants on Paleozoic ocean oxygenation

New theoretical and analytical approaches for quantifying landscape dynamics and its effects on ecosystem function in the hyper-dynamic Amazon wetlands

Monitoring UK national freshwater with deep learning

Giant Dykes & Deep Time Tectonics; the Role of Dyke Swarms in Shaping the Early Earth

The evolution of pathogen defence in insect hosts: whitefly resistance to biocontrol agents in horticulture

Monsoon Dynamics in a Changing Climate

Pushing back the frontiers of luminescence dating

Integrating the safe and sustainable management of wastewater into small-scale vegetable production systems in Malawi

Aquatic food security in Southern Africa: the role of invasive species

Monitoring the Impact of Green Infrastructure using Citizen Science in Urban and Rural Catchments

How will climate-induced changes in water level affect lake temperature and oxygen dynamics around the world?

Enhancing the sustainability of perennial bioenergy crops using companion crops

Quantifying CO2 storage in the glacial ocean

Archaean geodynamics of the Zimbabwe craton

Diffusion Clocks: Decoding Magma Ascent Speed Beneath Volcanoes?

Organic matter biogeochemistry of tropical rainforest rivers

Ice sheet-ocean interactions in northeast Greenland: the role of ocean warming on ice stream stability

Minimising the Risks Caused by the Leakage of Hydrogen Through Pipelines Through Detection and Prediction

Reproductive interference across continental scales: combining citizen science and behavioural experiments to test reproductive character displacement hypotheses

Fluid chemistry and earthquake rupture

Linking Phanerozoic carbon cycle perturbations, mass extinctions and large igneous provinces using novel geochemical proxies

Carbonate Counter Pump in the Southern Ocean: who is driving carbonate production and export?

Seeing the wood for the trees – Is reforesting the Scottish Highlands a good way to sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide?

Future of Continental Heatwaves

Quantifying the relative importance of extrinsic and intrinsic drivers of individual behaviour and habitat use of hefted sheep on a biodiverse but fragile upland ecosystem

Distributional, metagenomic and geochemical insights into ecophysiology and niche differentiation in communities of the giant sulphur oxidising bacteria from the genus Achromatium

Active deformation and landscape evolution in the western Ordos, northern China

Getting to the Bottom of Ice Shelves