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Coupled CO2 and oxygen change over the last 100 Myr

The effects of ionising radiation on soil communities

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

Organic matter biogeochemistry of tropical rainforest rivers

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

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

Volcanic eruptions caused by seismic shaking

The stoichiometry of life across the Precambrian-Cambrian boundary

Reconstructing Holocene climate change in the tropical Andes

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

Lindisfarne Landscapes: Geoarchaeological Approaches to Human-Environment Relations

Exploring the effects of land plants on Paleozoic ocean oxygenation

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

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

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

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

How does landscape evolution impact ice-sheet dynamics?

Real-time monitoring and forecasting of coastal erosion

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

The nature of Earth’s deep and dynamic carbon cycle

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

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

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

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

The record of planetary differentiation preserved in sulfide

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

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

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

The effect of urbanisation on biodiversity in space and time

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

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

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

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

Using machine learning to understand species diversity in tropical forest

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

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

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

Modelling coral survival in a warming world

Volatile element and critical metal cycles beneath the Greenland Craton

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

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

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

Pink salmon invasions in the UK: origins and impacts

Sensitivity of East Antarctic outlet glaciers to future climate change

What lies beneath: feeding a basaltic volcanic eruption

Pre-Messinian connectivity of the Atlantic and Mediterranean

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

Non-destructive assessment of brittle deformation in geomaterials

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

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

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

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

The global drivers of shifts in mutualistic dependence

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

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

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

How do plants sense water

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

Experimental Analysis and Modelling of Landslides and its Impacts on Infrastructure

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

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

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

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

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

Quantifying CO2 storage in the glacial ocean

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

Host-parasite coevolution and the role of sex and inbreeding

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

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

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

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

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

Mathematical modelling of evaporation from sand rivers in Botswana

Is coral bleaching getting fatter?

Future of Continental Heatwaves

Pushing back the frontiers of luminescence dating

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

The Heat Beneath Our Feet: Modelling Mine Energy Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enhancing the sustainability of perennial bioenergy crops using companion crops

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

High resolution simulations of Antarctic ice sheet loss

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

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

Indian-Atlantic Ocean connections through the Pliocene and Pleistocene

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

The topographic and structural evolution of Antarctica

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

Achondrite meteorites as snapshots of Earth’s earliest history

Monitoring UK national freshwater with deep learning

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

Fluid chemistry and earthquake rupture

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

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

The effects of urbanization on physiological indicators of welfare in bats

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

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

The Southern Ocean’s role in CO2 change

Exploring adaptive microbiome variation in sticklebacks from geothermally-heated populations

Ancient insect DNA, stable isotopes and synanthropic environments

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

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

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

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

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

Assessing the interactions of chlorinated solvents at clay mineral surfaces

Archaean geodynamics of the Zimbabwe craton

Monsoon Dynamics in a Changing Climate

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

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

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

Gene expression and sexual selection in sex role reversed flies

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

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

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

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

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

How do biomolecules affect calcium carbonate diagenesis and palaeoproxy relationships?

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

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

Spatter, fountains and plumes: the fragmentation of basaltic magma

Getting to the Bottom of Ice Shelves

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

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

The dynamic response of Arabidopsis thaliana to extreme environmental stressors

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.

Exploring the effects of land plants on Palaeozoic ocean oxygenation

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

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

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

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

Tracking past sea level and environmental changes via novel isotope geochemistry

Determining the topographic signature of debris flows

Genetic mechanisms for acclimation and adaption to coral bleaching

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carbon Recycling into the Deep Earth

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

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

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

Developing novel geophysical tools to investigate urban plant-water processes

Fluid chemistry and earthquake rupture

River restoration and the geomorphology of flood risk

Using satellites to monitor plastics in the world’s oceans

The Rise and Demise of the North China Craton

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

Ecology and conservation of pangolin using stable isotope forensics

Iceberg Calving in West Antarctica

Structural Inheritance in active and ancient extensional regimes

Diffusion Clocks: Decoding Magma Ascent Speed Beneath Volcanoes?

Vapour phase transport in Earth’s surface environment

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

How soil characteristics affect the efficiency of energy geostructures?

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

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

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

How does fluctuating selection affect pesticide effectiveness?

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

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

Signals from the Soil in Tropical Forest Ecosystems

Reproductive interference in a changing world

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

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

Forest Species Mapping and Monitoring by Multi-modal Remote Sensing

Building for a changing world?

Plant adaptation to climate change learning from model Betula species

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

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

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

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

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

Stability controls in subsurface interfaces subjected to thermal and mechanical actions

Novel isotope systems to track CO2 release during rock weathering

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

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

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

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

Active tectonics of the Shanxi Graben System

How did the Cameroon Volcanic Line form?

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

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

Sea ice evolution and ecosystem responses recorded by Antarctic seabirds

Neodymium stable isotopes in rivers and the oceans