Alexander Dickson


  • TW20 0EX

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I am a geochemist with an interest in understanding geochemical signatures of past environmental changes.  

A major theme of my research has been to understand how quickly, and by how much, ocean chemistry can become perturbed during intervals of geologically rapid climate change, and during prolonged intervals of warmer-than-present climate. Ocean chemical changes may result from alterations to the input, or output, of certain elements to and from the oceans, fluctuations in the weathering of oceanic and continental rocks, redox changes, or variations in the production of organic matter in the surface of the ocean (among others). These changes can usefully be traced using the isotopic composition of a suite of metals that exist at trace concentrations in seawater.

 My research can be divided into a few major themes:

-       The application of non-traditional isotope techniques to trace the rate and magnitude of redox changes in past oceans.

-       The development of new isotopic proxies for redox and nutrient cycling.

-       Tracing the influence of volcanism and chemical weathering using osmium-isotopes.

-       Understanding the interactions between metals and organic matter, and the potential to use metals as tracers for organic-matter diagenesis, catagenesis and migration.

-       The palaeoclimate and triggering mechanisms of rapid global warming events in Earth’s geological    past, such as Hyperthermal events, Oceanic Anoxic Events, and mass-extinctions.

I am willing to supervise PhD topics structured around these, and related, themes. If you would like to talk about opportunities please get in touch or look here:

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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