Earth Sciences at St Andrews dates to the 17th Century, a rich tradition that shapes our vision for the future: to define the cutting edge of Earth, environmental, and planetary science, and deliver unparalleled student education.

Our research is both curiosity driven, addressing profound questions about the co-evolution of Earth and life, and applied, delivering societal and economic impact. It spans recent environmental change to planetary formation, underpinned by state-of-the-art analytical and field capabilities.

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Recent Submissions

  • Methylmercury degradation and exposure pathways in streams and wetlands impacted by historical mining 

    Donovan, Patrick M.; Blum, Joel D.; Singer, Michael Bliss; Marvin-DiPasquale, Mark; Tsui, Martin T. K. (2016-10-15) - Journal article
    Monomethyl mercury (MMHg) and total mercury (THg) concentrations and Hg stable isotope ratios (δ202Hg and Δ199Hg) were measured in sediment and aquatic organisms from Cache Creek (California Coast Range) and Yolo Bypass ...
  • The environmental context of the Neolithic monuments on the Brodgar Isthmus, Mainland, Orkney 

    Bates, C. Richard; Bates, Martin; Dawson, Sue; Huws, Dei; Whittaker, John; Wickham-Jones, Caroline (2016-06) - Journal article
    The World Heritage Sites of Orkney, Scotland contain iconic examples of Neolithic monumentality that have provided significant information about this period of British prehistory. However, currently, a complete understanding ...
  • A new high-precision 40Ar/39Ar age for the Rochechouart impact structure : at least 5 Ma older than the Triassic–Jurassic boundary 

    Cohen, Benjamin E.; Mark, Darren F.; Lee, Martin R.; Simpson, Sarah L. (2017-05-16) - Journal article
    The Rochechourt impact structure in south-central France, with maximum diameter of 40–50 km, has previously been dated to within 1% uncertainty of the Triassic–Jurassic boundary, at which time ~30% of global genera became ...
  • Stable vanadium isotopes as a redox proxy in magmatic systems 

    Prytulak, J.; Sossi, P. A.; Halliday, A. N.; Plank, T.; Savage, P. S.; Woodhead, J. D. (2016-10-26) - Journal article
    Recycling pathways of multivalent elements, that impact our understanding of diverse geological processes from ore formation to the rise of atmospheric oxygen, depend critically on the spatial and temporal variation of ...
  • The tectonic and metallogenic framework of Myanmar : a Tethyan mineral system 

    Gardiner, Nicholas J.; Robb, Laurence J.; Morley, Christopher K.; Searle, Michael P.; Cawood, Peter Anthony; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Kirkland, Christopher L.; Roberts, Nick M. W.; Myint, Tin Aung (2016-12) - Journal article
    Myanmar is perhaps one of the world's most prospective but least explored minerals jurisdictions, containing important known deposits of tin, tungsten, copper, gold, zinc, lead, nickel, silver, jade and gemstones. A scarcity ...

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