ALEX Thomas


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PhD projects

Inflow, overflow and runoff to the Nordic Seas: Circulation dynamics in the Faroe-Shetland Channel over the last glacial cycle<br/>Kirsty Crocket (Biogeochemistry and Earth Sciences, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban),Alex Thomas (University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences) John Howe (Biogeochemistry and Earth Sciences, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban)<br/><br/>Investigating controls on mortality and accumulation at Mingulay Reef cold water coral habitat<br/>Dr. Alex Thomas (School of Geosciences), Prof. Murray Roberts (School of Life Sciences, Heriot Watt University), Dr. Kirsty Crocket ( Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban), Dr. Melanie Douarin (Universitié de Nantes), Dr. John Howe (Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban)

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Research Groups

Research Interests

Isotope and trace element geochemistry, geochronology, paleocliamte, sea level, ocean chemistry


I am an isotope geochemist with a wide range of interests in applying geochemical tools to geoscience problems. At Edinburgh I will be making use of the new mass spectrometry facility for isotope ratio and trace element measurements. We will have a multicollector ICP-MS and a high resolution single collector ICP-MS which will be augmented with a laser ablation sample interface. This facility will complement the existing geochemical facilities in the School of Geosciences allowing the school to have a "total geochemistry" capability.

My research has focused on using isotope geochemical tools to learn about Quaternary paleoclimate, specifically looking to constrain the rates and timings of environmental change to place constraints on the behaviour of the earth system.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Variations in past and present ocean circulation assesed with U-series nuclides, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Master in Science, The nature of an enriched mantle component at the East Pacific Rise: evidence from lithium isotopes, using a new high precision technique, University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002


  • QE Geology
  • geochemistry
  • geochronology
  • paleoclimate
  • QD Chemistry
  • ocean chemistry
  • isotope geochemistry


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