School of Earth and Environment

Oliver Moore Dr Oliver Moore

Research Fellow

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Room: 9.160

Affiliation: Earth Surface Science Institute


The overarching theme of my work is to better understand how mineral-water interactions control the reactivity and cycling of bioessential elements within terrestrial and marine settings. My research focuses on these interactions at the molecular scale and how these affect biogeochemical cycles on a global scale both now and in the past, so that we may elucidate future impacts.

Current research areas include

  • Investigating the cycling of bioessential elements, including Mo, S, Ca and Mg, as well as organic carbon in soils and marine sediments;
  • Investigating the rates at which minerals weather within subsurface bedrock fractures on a sub-mineral grain scale;
  • Applying mineral-water interface research to the understanding of global element cycles and the development of novel proxies for palaeo ocean redox and biogeochemical cycling.

Techniques include

Novel experimental sorption studies; Synchrotron-based spectroscopy and microscopy; Quantum mechanical modelling; Reactive transport modelling; XRD; FTIR; SEM-EDX; EPMA.


  • Ph.D. 2012-16 Geology, University of Bristol. With a focus on Mineral-Water Interactions & Reactive Transport Modelling. Academic Advisor: Dr Heather L. Buss. Thesis: Chemical weathering of volcanic rocks in the tropics: A multiscale approach to determining mechanisms, rates and the impacts of perturbations.
  • M.Sc. 2010-11 Environmental Geochemistry, Distinction, University of Leeds. Academic Advisor: Dr Caroline L. Peacock. Thesis: Towards validating the molybdenum stable isotope system as a paleoproxy for ocean redox.
  • B.Sc. 2007-10 Environmental Geology, 2.1 Honors, University of Leeds. Academic Advisor: Dr Rob Chapman. Dissertation: The effect of lead mining on pollution of the Cononish river.


  • Committee member: Secretary for the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland’s Environmental Mineralogy Group.
  • Professional Memberships: European Association of Geochemistry; Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Research Interests

  • Mineral-water interfaces and interfacial processes.
  • Biogeochemical cycling of bioessential elements in marine and terrestrial environments.
  • Chemical weathering processes in the Critical Zone.