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 
  • Stage Tutor for Chemistry with Foundation 

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 

Member of the International Mine Water Association

Roles on external bodies

Executive council member of International Mine Water Association (IMWA). Treasurer 2017-2021. 

Co-opted member of Peninsula Section of Royal Society of Chemistry 



Teaching interests

Environmental geochemistry
General 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).