Research in the Geochemistry program is carried out in the following areas. Interested students can contact our faculty members for more information.

Biogeochemical Cycling

  • Cyling of nutrients and toxic metals from streams to the open ocean
  • Bioavailability of trace metals
  • Geochemistry of Energy
  • Biofuels-Bioenery
  • Origin, migration and modification of hydrocarbons
  • Trace element and isotope geochemistry
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Geochemistry of gas shales

Environmental Microbiology

  • Microbial ecology of extreme environments
  • Microbial driven corrosion of metals
  • Microbes in the weathering cycle

Environmental Remediation

  • Bioremediation of heavy metal and radionuclides in contaminated sites
  • Behavior and remediation of organic contaminants in the subsurface
  • Reactive transport in contaminated sites
  • Fate and transport of trace elements
  • Waste water treatment
  • Trace metals in aquatic and near-surface environments

Geochemical Hydrology

  • Integration of geochemical and hydrological models
  • Chemical transport in watersheds
  • Reactive mass transport models

Geochemistry of the Crust and Mantle

  • Petrogenesis of igneous rocks
  • Generation and recycling of continental crust
  • Behavior of dateable accessory minerals at high-temperatures and hydrothermal environments
  • Evolution of mountain belts through space and time
  • Mantle melting and the origin of diamonds
  • Experimental Petrology

Geochemistry of Economic Minerals


  • Genesis of ore deposits
  • Exploration geochemistry
  • Geochemistry of uranium deposits
  • REE mineral deposits
  • Geometallurgy and quantitative mineralogy

Hydrothermal Geochemistry

  • Thermodynamics of fluid-rock interaction
  • Numerical simulations of hydrothermal systems
  • Mineral-fluid element partitioning
  • Experimental geochemistry

Isotope Geochemistry

  • Light stable isotopes
  • Isotope hydrology, carbonate diagenesis and paleoclimatology