School of Earth and Environment

Caroline Peacock Prof Caroline Peacock

Professor of Biogeochemistry; Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 37877
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Room: 9.148

Affiliation: Earth Surface Science Institute

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My Research

My research focuses on the reactivity and cycling of bioessential elements in both the terrestrial and marine environments, and in particular how elemental mobility and fate are controlled through interactions with soil and sediment minerals. Specifically I focus on the molecular scale biogeochemical reactions that determine the uptake and release of bioessential elements and contaminants from soil and sediment minerals and microbes. These reactions ultimately help control the abundance and distribution of these elements in both modern and ancient environments, and a detailed understanding of these phenomena is therefore vital to help elucidate the links between the chemical, geological and biological components of our planet, and how these components combine to regulate the Earth system.

My group combine experimental biogeochemistry with atomistic and molecular scale analytical techniques, computational simulations and biogeochemical modelling.

Research Interests

  • Biogeochemical cycling of bioessential elements and contaminants
  • Biogeochemical palaeoproxies hosted in terrestrial and marine sedimentary archives
  • Mineral-water interfaces and interfacial processes


  • European Association of Geochemistry Houtermans Award 2015, awarded to an early career researcher for an exceptional contribution to geochemistry.
  • University of Leeds Women of Achievement Award 2016, for outstanding research achievement.

Current Funding

  • European Research Council Consolidator Fellowship 2017 - 2022: The Role of Minerals in the Oceanic Carbon Cycle 'MINORG' (PI)
  • Royal Society Newton Mobility Grant 2016 - 2018: Preservation of Organic Carbon and Drawdown of Trace Metals in Soils and Sediments (PI)


  • European Association of Geochemistry, Council Member
  • Natural Environment Research Council, Strategic Programme Advisory Group
  • Natural Environment Research Council, Peer Review College
  • Diamond Light Source, Peer Review College, Panel Chair
  • Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Editorial Board
  • Geochemical Transactions, Editorial Board
  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland, Environmental Mineralogy Group Committee
  • European Association of Geochemistry, Member
  • Geochemical Society, Member
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow


  • BSc(Hons) Environmental Geoscience, University of Bristol, UK
  • PhD Geochemistry, University of Bristol, UK