Centre for Research in Earth Sciences (CRES)


The Centre for Research in Earth Sciences (CRES) at the University of Plymouth brings together an outstanding research team that spans the spectrum of Earth science disciplines from structural geology, palaeomagnetism, volcanoes, landslides and geomorphology to the evolution of life on Earth. 

Our staff are at the cutting edge of research – as shown by our outstanding performance in the most recent national assessment of UK research (REF2014) and by the world-class analytical facilities that underpin both our teaching and research.

The complementary skills and knowledge of CRES researchers ensure an interdisciplinary approach to the scientific study and analysis of key Earth science issues that are of broad concern to society. 

For example, plate tectonic processes impact upon the shallow subsurface, controlling natural resources and natural hazards, whereas understanding the environmental factors that caused past extinction events provide important insights on how to tackle present-day environmental challenges such as climate change, as well as ways of mitigating and managing environmental damage.

Earth Sciences at Plymouth is open and welcoming, and the University is situated in a vibrant, modern student-centred city that has the coast, moors and beautiful countryside within easy reach.

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Our mission

The mission of CRES is to provide an environment that fosters and promotes high quality, novel and interdisciplinary research in earth sciences and a platform for international-level research training in this field.

Our goals are:

  • to advance the quantitative understanding of earth and environmental systems, now recognised as vital to the needs of society on a changing and hazardous earth
  • to perform high quality research in key aspects of the earth system by integrating our expertise of demonstrable excellence in the various sub-disciplines of geosciences
  • to create and support research opportunities that attract the best talents in order to build capacity for future high quality international earth science research
  • to enhance awareness of CRES activities and related scientific issues via a programme of innovative public outreach events.

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

Lilli Day explains how she became interested in Geoscience

Image credit: Lara Mani

Image credit: Lara Mani