Julian Andrews

Julian Andrews

Professor

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Academic Background

My academic background and training is in earth science and environmental sciences.  I started as a sedimentologist with interests in low temperature geochemistry, especially stable isotopes.  While I still regard myself as a geologist, over the last 20 years my interests have widened considerably to include interests in palaeoclimatology and environmental chemistry - especially the storage of carbon and other elements in temperate Holocene estuarine sediments.  Current interests also include geochronology, coastal geomorphology and sea-level changes during late Pleistocene interglacials.

 

I welcome email enquiries from potential PhD students and will consider topics that complement my principal research interests as outlined below.  I am unlikely to have much studentship funding available in 2015, but I will help with applications for external funding - recent PhD students in ENV have been funded by Commonwealth University fellowships, the Ford Foundation and studentships from their home countries.

 

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Biography

Short CV

  • Undergraduate student in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K., 1978-1981
    Ph.D student in the Department of Geology, University of Leicester, U.K., 1981-1984
  • Ph.D. Thesis title: Aspects of Sedimentary Facies and Diagenesis in Limestone-Shale Formations of the (Middle Jurassic) Great Estuarine Group, Inner Hebrides
  • Post Doctoral Fellow at the Grant Institute of Geology, University of Edinburgh, U.K., 1984-1986
  • Lecturer in Sedimentary Geochemistry at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K., since August 1986
  • Professor in Environmental Sciences at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K., since August 2006
  • 1994-1998 principal editor of Sedimentology, the journal of the International Association ofSedimentologists

My principal research areas use geochemical information, particularly stable isotopes, in the reconstruction of environmental and climatic conditions, and the local cycling of elements that impact society (such as carbon, nutrient and contaminant metals). My research covers long temporal scales including modern environments, the recent geological past (Quaternary) and deeper geological time. My research has recently focused on three themes:

1. Stable isotope records in terrestrial calcium carbonate deposits (tufas, stromatolites, cave deposits etc.) as ways of reconstructing, validating and dating terrestrial palaeoclimatic events over the last 200,000 years. I am currently working on suitable sites in the UK, Greece, Turkey, Iran, and India.

2. Geochemistry of carbonate sediments as indicators of global sea level and wider palaeoenvironmental change in the Quaternary Oceans. With Prof. M. Leeder and Dr P. Rowe (both UEA), we are unravelling the sedimentological record of sea level change during the last interglacial, principally in the uplifting coastlines of central Greece. The complex details of these rapid sea-level (and climatic) events are constrained by U series dating and fit into global models for non-orbitally forced sea level changes during the penultimate glacial/interglacial cycle.

3. The role of estuaries as stores and reactors of various material and chemical components (organic carbon, nutrient elements N and P, contaminant metals (As, Pb, Cu, Zn) and S. In this work we have recently modelled the effects of various management options in estuaries (managed realignment, discharge practices etc) and linked these to social and economic implications under a range of future scenarios. This research is currently funded under the NERC Valuing Nature Network http://www.valuing-nature.net/.

Website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/env/people/perspages/Professor+Julian+Andrews

Career

  • Undergraduate student in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K., 1978-1981 
  • Ph.D student in the Department of Geology, University of Leicester, U.K., 1981-1984
  • Ph.D thesis title: Aspects of Sedimentary Facies and Diagenesis in Limestone-Shale Formations of the (Middle Jurassic) Great Estuarine Group, Inner Hebrides 
  • NERC Post Doctoral Fellow at the Grant Institute of Geology, University of Edinburgh, U.K. 1984-1986
  • Lecturer in Sedimentary Geochemistry at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K., since August 1986
  • Professor in Environmental Sciences at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K., since August 2006

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My principal research focus is the use of geochemical information, particularly stable isotopes, in the reconstruction of environmental and climatic conditions, and the local cycling of elements that impact society (such as carbon, nutrient and contaminant metals).  My research covers long temporal scales including modern environments, the recent geological past (Quaternary) and deeper geological time.  My research has recently focused on three themes:

  1. Stable isotope records in terrestrial calcium carbonate deposits (tufas, stromatolites, cave deposits etc.) as ways of reconstructing, validating and dating terrestrial palaeoclimatic events over the last 20,000 years.  I am currently working on suitable sites in the UK, Greece, Turkey, and Iran.
  2. Geochemistry of carbonate sediments as indicators of global sea level and wider palaeoenvironmental change in the Quaternary Oceans.  With Prof. M. Leeder and Dr. P. Rowe (both UEA), we are unravelling the sedimentological record of sea level change during the last interglacial, principally in the uplifting coastlines of central Greece.  The complex details of these rapid sea-level (and climatic) events are constrained by U series dating and fit into global models for non-orbitally forced sea level changes during the penultimate glacial/interglacial cycle.
  3. The role of estuaries as stores and reactors of various material and chemical components (organic carbon, nutrient elements N and P, contaminant metals (As, Pb, Cu, Zn) and S.  In this work we have recently modelled the effects of various management options in estuaries (managed realignment, discharge practices etc) and linked these to social and economic implications under a range of future scenarios.  This research is currently funded under the NERC Valuing Nature Network www.valuing-nature.net/

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Key Responsibilities

I am currently on sabbatical ahving been Head of the School of Environmental Sciences 2010-2014. I have experience of most of the key administrative posts at School level.

Professional Activities

  • Chair of NERC's Isotope Geoscience Facilities Steering Committee May 2008-2012
  • Editorial Board member of the Proceeding of the Geologists' Association 2013

Specialisms

Geochemistry, diagenesis and sedimentology of sediments and sedimentary rocks; stable isotope geochemistry; quaternary geology of East Anglia

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are broad; I have interests in many areas of earth sciences and geochemistry/environmental chemistry.  At present my focus is on geochemical cycling in geological time and sedimentology.  I have broad experience of field teaching earth and environmental science at all levels.

Teachers of environmental chemistry in the School have produced a second edition of the following title: Andrews, J.E., Brimblecombe, P., Jickells, T.D., Liss, P.S. & Reid, B.  An Introduction to Environmental Chemistry 2nd Ed., (2004) Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 320pp, ISBN 0-632-05905-2.

Areas Of Expertise

Sedimentology, Sedimentary Geochemistry, Palaeoclimatology, Quaternary Geology in East Anglia, Stabe isotope geochemistry

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