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  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
  • PhD (Geosciences) Pennsylvania State University, Dissertation: Lacustrine Paleoenvironments from Stable Isotopes of Hydrogen and Carbon in Lipids
  • MSc (Geology) Auburn University, Alabama, USA, Thesis: Palynofacies Analysis of Holocene Sediments in the Rajang River Delta, Sarawak, East Malaysia
  • BSc (Geology) Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.Thesis: Petrographic and geochemical investigation of coal measures in Far-Eastern Russia 

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Key Research Interests

  • development of compound-specific isotopic proxies for palaeohydrological and palaeoclimatic studies using modern terrestrial vegetation;
  • climate change during the Quaternary in western Europe;
  • experimental and field investigation of hydrogen isotope exchange between organic compounds and H2O in Cretaceous and Jurassic sediments;
  • application of molecular and stable isotope methodology for food authentication and traceability;
  • organic geochemical methods in forensic science.

Significant Publications

  • Laursen, K.H., Mihailova, A., Kelly, S.D., Epov, V.N., Bérail, S., Schjoerring, J.K., Donard, O.F.X., Larsen, E.H., Pedentchouk, N., Marca-Bell, A.D., Halekoh, U., Olesen, J.E., Husted, S. (2013) Is it really organic? - Multi-isotopic analysis as a tool to discriminate between organic and conventional plants. Food Chemistry, doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.05.068.
  • Adamski, N.M., Bush, M.S., Simmonds, J., Turner, A.S., Mugford, S.G., Jones, A., Findlay, K., Pedentchouk, N., von Wettstein-Knowles, P. and Uauy, C. (2013) The Inhibitor of wax 1 locus (Iw1) prevents formation of ?- and OH-?-diketones in wheat cuticular waxes and maps to a sub-cM interval on chromosome arm 2BS. The Plant Journal, doi: 10.1111/tpj.12185
  • Sevastyanov, V.S., Pedentchouk, N., Babulevich, N.E. and Galimov, E.M. (2012) New on-line methods for determining the deuterium/hydrogen composition of water and hydrocarbon gases using O2- ion-conducting solid electrolyte reactor. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry26, 2584-2590, doi: 10.1002/rcm.6377
  • Zech, M., Pedentchouk, N., Buggle, B., Leiber, K., Kalbitz, K., Marković, S.B., Glaser, B. (2011) Effect of leaf litter degradation and seasonality on D/H isotope ratios of n-alkane biomarkers. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta75, 4917-4928, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2011.06.006
  • Armstrong, H.A., Abbott, G.D., Turner, B.R., Makhlouf, I.M., Muhammad, A.B., Pedentchouk, N. & Peters, H. (2009) Black shale deposition in an Upper Ordovician–Silurian permanently stratified, peri-glacial basin, southern Jordan. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 273, 368–377,doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2008.05.005
  • Pedentchouk, N., Sumner, W., Tipple, B. and Pagani, M. (2008) ?13C and ?D compositions of n-alkanes from modern angiosperms and conifers: An experimental set up in central Washington State, USA.Organic Geochemistry, 39, 1066-1071, doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2008.02.005
  • Enders, S.K, Pagani, M., Pantoja, S., Baron, J.S., Wolfe, A.P., Pedentchouk, N. and Nunez, L. (2008) Compound-specific stable isotopes of organic compounds from lake sediments track recent environmental changes in an alpine ecosystem, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Limnology and Oceanography, 53, 1468-1478. 
  • Pagani, M., Pedentchouk, N., Huber, M., Sluijs, A., Schouten, S., Brinkhuis, H., Sinninghe Damsté, J. S., Dickens, G. R., and the IODP Expedition 302 Expedition Scientists (2006) Arctic’s hydrology during global warming at the Palaeocene/Eocene thermal maximum. Nature, 442, 671-675, doi:10.1038/nature05043
  • Sluijs, A., Schouten, S., Pagani, M., Woltering, M., Brinkhuis, H., Sinninghe Damsté, J. S., Dickens, G. R., Huber, M., Reichart, G.-J., Stein, R., Matthiessen, J., Lourens, L. J., Pedentchouk, N., Backman, J., Moran, K. and the Expedition 302 Scientists (2006) Subtropical Arctic Ocean temperatures during the Palaeocene/Eocene thermal maximum. Nature 441, 610-613, doi:10.1038/nature04668
  • Pedentchouk, N., Freeman, K.H., and Harris, N.B. (2006) Different response of ?D values of n-alkanes, isoprenoids and kerogen during thermal maturation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 70, 2063-2072,doi:10.1016/j.gca.2006.01.013
  • Pedentchouk, N., Freeman, K.H., Harris, N.B., Clifford, D.J., and Grice K. (2004) Sources of alkylbenzenes in Lower Cretaceous lacustrine source rocks, West African rift basins. Organic Geochemistry, 35, 33-45, doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2003.04.001

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Key Responsibilities

  •  Chair, Health and Safety Executive

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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