Dr Alison Turner

Dr Alison Turner

Lecturer in Chemistry and Environmental Geochemistry (Education)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



  • Lecturer in Chemistry and Environmental Geochemistry
  • Programme Leader for MSc Environmental Geochemistry 
  • Employability Lead for Environmental Sciences 
Specialist in mining geochemistry and mine waste management projects including solid phase and water quality analysis. 
I have extensive industry experience (> 10 years experience in the environmental consultancy sector) and a focus on enhancing industrial-academic collaborations.
I am a teaching-based academic by contract with a passion for learning. Happy to contribute expertise to research projects or nurture collaborations. 


FHEA (2017) Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 
PGCAP (2017) Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice 
PhD (2011) Environmental Geochemistry. Diffuse Mine Water Pollution - Quantification and Risk Assessment in the Tamar Catchment. University of Plymouth. 
MSc (2006) Environmental Geochemistry. University of Leeds. Distinction. 
BSc Hons (2002) Chemistry with Diploma in Industrial Studies. Loughborough University. 2:1. 

Professional membership

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry 


Teaching interests

Environmental geochemistryGeneral foundation level chemistry (all aspects)
Environmental science
Environmental chemistry
Analytical chemistry
Inorganic chemistry 
Aqueous geochemistry
Science communication and communication skills. 
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Hydrology and surface water management
Contaminated land
Mine closure studies

Staff serving as external examiners

External examiner for PhD thesis. 


Research interests

Mine water pollution monitoring, management and remediation 
Mine/mineral extraction site closure studies
Contaminant fate and transport
Environmental risk assessment 
Spatial analysis
Research informed teaching

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Final year and MSc dissertation supervisor across Environmental Geochemistry, Chemistry and Environmental Science 


Other academic activities

Outreach coordinator for Chemistry. 

Additional information

Lead singer of the best rock band in Plymouth (Orpheus).