School of Earth and Environment

Researcher wins Houtermans Award

29.01.2015 - 13:36

We are delighted that ESSI researcher Caroline Peacock has been awarded the European Association of Geochemistry 2015 Houtermans Award.  This award is bestowed annually to a scientist no more than 35 years of age or within 6 years of their PhD ‘for a single exceptional contribution to geochemistry, published as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic’. 

Caroline has been recognised for a series of papers that investigate the biogeochemical reactivity and cycling of trace-metals in terrestrial and marine environments. In particular her work has been among the first to characterise and quantify the molecular-level processes occurring at mineral-water interfaces that control the partitioning of trace-metals between soils and freshwaters, and marine sediments and seawater. These processes ultimately control the abundance and distribution of both bio-essential metals and toxic contaminant metals in modern and ancient environments, and are therefore crucial to understanding metal cycling on both a local and global scale. Caroline uses a combination of laboratory experiments, advanced synchrotron-based spectroscopic techniques and geochemical modelling to probe the mineral-water interface, and shed new light on the complex behaviour of trace-metals in our environment. 

We would like to congratulate Caroline on this fantastic achievement. The award will be presented at the 2015 Goldschmidt Conference in Prague in August.