Research Groups

The Department of Earth Sciences has a large cohort of faculty and researchers with expertise across many areas of the Earth Sciences. Our aim is to conceive and conduct world-leading research into the processes that shape the formation and history of the solid earth, its oceans and atmosphere, and elucidate their mutual interactions and effect on the earth’s environment and biosphere. Much of this work is interdisciplinary, and is driven by interaction with collaborators across the physical and increasingly the social sciences.

Our research groups include:

Active Tectonics and Earthquakes Research

Beneath Britain
Earthquake Mechanics

Earth Surface Geochemistry 
Experimental & Igneous Petrology
EMeRG – Eastern Mediterranean Research Group
Isotopes and Climate

Magmas and Ore-forming Systems
Marine Geology and Geophysics
Noble Lab
Ocean Biogeochemistry
Ocean Biogeochemical Modeling
Oxford Biological Oceanography
Palaeomagnetism and Rock Magnetism
Physical Oceanography
Shell-Oxford Research Collaboration
Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
Vertebrate Palaeobiology


Other external research collaborations include:

Centre for the Observation and Modelling for Earthquakes and Tectonics (COMET)
Earthquakes without Frontiers (EwF)
GEOTRACES ocean chemistry programme
IKIMP Mercury Knowledge Exchange
Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas (Streva)
The 21st Century Ocean Institute (James Martin School)