We are delighted to announce that Professor Ros Rickaby has been appointed Chair of Geology at Oxford Earth Sciences. Ros is currently Professor of Biogeochemistry within the department, and is a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson. She will be taking on her new Professorship from October 2019 and will also become a fellow of University College.
Throughout her research career, Ros has aimed to bring life to geochemistry! Ros has pioneered an interdisciplinary blend of biology and chemistry to resolve questions of past climates, evolution, and the future of the phytoplankton. The feedback between biology and climate is inescapable, and requires investigation of both biological innovation and environmental change over Earth history. Ros’ distinctive approach is to read geological history from signals of adaptation within genes of modern organisms, which play out in the evolving affinity and kinetics of the expressed enzymes, or isotopic signals of adaptation that leave a footprint in fossils and biomolecules. Ros has authored over 90 papers and co-authored a book “Evolution’s Destiny: Co-evolving chemistry of the environment and life”.
Ros is currently Professor of Biogeochemistry, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford on the dark side (of blue!) as well as a mum to two boys. She received her PhD with Prof. Harry Elderfield from Cambridge University in 1995 and studied at Harvard for her post-doc with Prof. Dan Schrag. In 2008 Ros received the European Geosciences Union’s Outstanding Young Scientist award, in 2010 the American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane Award for significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding young scientist and most recently, in 2016, the Lyell Award of the Geological Society of London. She currently holds a Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society.