The Centre for Research in Earth Sciences (CRES) at the University of Plymouth embraces the broad spectrum of research across Earth Sciences, from plate tectonics to climate change, to modern surface processes, to the evolution of life on Earth. Across this breadth, our expert researchers shared ethos is to understand the drivers of change in the Earth system and the impact of these changes on the Earth and to society. CRES provides an inclusive environment that promotes high quality, novel and interdisciplinary research, alongside a platform for training the next generation of Earth Scientists.
Our staff are at the cutting edge of research, demonstrated by our performance in the most recent national assessment of UK research (REF2014) where we ranked 10th on research power, and our world-class analytical facilities that underpin both our research and teaching. Internationally, our staff are recognised for their research, and also for their contribution to major Earth Science initiatives including the International Ocean Discovery Program and the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program.
Dr Michelle Harris
Lead of the Centre for Research in Earth Sciences
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Earth science in the news
- Academic helps to coordinate national programme of geohazard science and activities 31 March 2021
- University researcher helps to recover first meteorite found in UK for 30 years 9 March 2021
- Project combines geology and technology to generate a new approach to calculating earthquake hazard 15 October 2020
- University plays key role in £1.2 million project tackling flood and landslide hazards 4 September 2020
- Girls into Geoscience 2020 gives pupils a virtual insight into the Earth sciences 1 July 2020
- Fossil reveals evidence of 200 million-year-old ‘squid’ attack 6 May 2020
- Study offers new insight into the impact of ancient migrations on the European landscape 2 April 2020
- ‘Fossil earthquakes’ offer new insight into seismic activity deep below earth’s surface 12 March 2020
Postgraduate research students
An essential component of our school research environment
Our research students work on a range of funded projects across all disciplines associated with the school.Visit our postgraduate research student page.
Girls into Geoscience
Established in 2014, this fantastic outreach initiative that was awarded the Geological Society of London’s R H Worth Award, aims to show girls exactly where geoscience can take them. Lilli Day, who attended in 2015 has since graduated with a degree in geology, explains how she became interested in geoscience.