Robert Owen

Robert Owen

Tel: +44 (0)1865 272010

I am a geologist and geochemist interested in reconstructing the Earth’s climate and surface processes over geological history.

My D.Phil. research focuses on developing new ways to use the chemical signals preserved in stalagmites to reconstruct past continental environments and climate. This involves analytical work measuring trace metal and stable isotope ratios in the laboratory, along with development of chemical models to better understand the environmental processes controlling these signals.

Owen, R.A., Day, C.C., Hu, C.-Y., Liu, Y.-H., Pointing, M.D., Blättler, C.L., Henderson, G.M., 2016. Calcium isotopes in caves as a proxy for aridity: Modern calibration and application to the 8.2 kyr event. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 443, 129–138. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.03.027


Misra, S., Greaves, M., Owen, R., Kerr, J., Elmore, A.C., Elderfield, H., 2014a. Determination of B/Ca of natural carbonates by HR-ICP-MS. Geochemistry, Geophys. Geosystems 15, 1617–1628. doi:10.1002/2013GC005049


Misra, S., Owen, R., Kerr, J., Greaves, M., Elderfield, H., 2014b. Determination of δ11B by HR-ICP-MS from mass limited samples: Application to natural carbonates and water samples. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 140, 531–552. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2014.05.047