Biogeochemistry and Environmental Analytical Chemistry (BEACh)

Sampling on the Tamar Estuary 


We have an active research programme in understanding the environmental behaviour, fate and impact of nutrients, organic compunds and metals in terrestrial, atmospheric and aquatic systems. These studies contribute to decision support tools (models) for environmental management.

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Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Environmental hypothesis generation and testing must be underpinned by sound analytical chemistry measurements. This presents challenges to the analytical science community, not least in developing reliable techniques and methods for monitoring key species, e.g. macronutrients and trace metals in environmental matrices such as natural waters and soils.

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2016 news highlights

  • The 8th BGS Conference will be held on Monday 19 December at the University of Plymouth Marine Station  
  • Paul Worsfold delivers Plenary Lecture at the Jubilee 20th Mendeleev Congress on General and Applied Chemistry
  • Congratulations to Dr Holly Pearson who recently completed her PhD studies.
  • BEACh group hosts AtlanTOS conference  
  • Recent research led by the University of Plymouth showed that commonly used medications were not absorbed by riverine bacteria as might have been expected based on models and previous tests.
  • Congratulations to Matt Fishwick who recently completed a NERC funded PhD project at the Biogeochemistry Research Centre.

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