Dr William Dubbin

Researcher Economic and Environmental Mineralogy

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Economic and Environmental Earth Sciences
Contact: email
Phone: 020 7942 5616


I am a soil mineralogist and environmental geochemist, focusing on molecular-level interactions at the geosphere/biosphere interface, particularly organo-mineral interactions in soils and sediments.



PhD, University of Manitoba, Canada, 1991 - 1995

MSc, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1989 - 1991

BSc. Agric., University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1986 - 1989

BSc, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1982 - 1986

Employment history


Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley, Environmental Geochemistry Research Group, United States, 1995 - 1997


Kossoff D, Dubbin WE, Alfredsson M, Edwards SJ, Macklin MG, Hudson-Edwards KA (2014) Mine tailings dams: Characteristics, failure, environmental impacts, and remediation. Applied Geochemistry, 51 : 229 - 245. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2014.09.010

Forray FL, Smith AML, Navrotsky A, Wright K, Hudson-Edwards A, Dubbin WE (2014) Synthesis, characterization and thermochemistry of synthetic Pb-As, Pb-Cu and Pb-Zn jarosites. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 127 : 107 - 119. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2013.10.043

Stewart AG, Hudson-Edwards KA, Dubbin WE (2013) Mechanisms of goethite dissolution in the presence of desferrioxamine B and Suwannee River fulvic acid at pH 6.5. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 115 : 1 - 14. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2013.04.006

KOSSOFF D, Hudson-Edwards KA, DUBBIN WE, Alfredsson M, Geraki T (2012) Cycling of As, P, Pb and Sb during weathering of mine tailings: implications for fluvial environments. Mineralogical Magazine, 76 (5): 1209 - 1228. doi: 10.1180/minmag.2012.076.5.14

Dowuona GNN, Atwere P, DUBBIN WE, Nude PM, Mutala BE, Nartey EK, Heck RJ (2012) Characteristics of termite mounds and associated Acrisols in the coastal savanna zone of Ghana and impact on hydraulic conductivity. Natural Science, 4 (7): 423 - 437. doi: 10.4236/ns.2012.47058

KOSSOFF D, Hudson-Edwards KA, DUBBIN WE, Alfredsson M (2012) Major and trace metal mobility during weathering of mine tailings: Implications for floodplain soils. Applied Geochemistry, 27 (3): 562 - 576. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.11.012

Smeaton CM, Walshe GE, Smith AML, Hudson-Edwards KA, DUBBIN WE, Wright K, Beale AM, Fryer BJ, Weisener CG (2012) Simultaneous Release of Fe and As during the Reductive Dissolution of Pb-As Jarosite by Shewanella putrefaciens CN32. Environmental Science & Technology, 46 (23): 12823 - 12831. doi: 10.1021/es3021809

KOSSOFF D, Hudson-Edwards KA, DUBBIN WE, Alfredsson MA (2011) Incongruent weathering of Cd and Zn from mine tailings: A column leaching study. Chemical Geology, 281 : 52 - 71. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2010.11.028

CUADROS J, SPIRO B, DUBBIN W, JADUBANSA P (2010) Rapid microbial stabilization of unconsolidated sediment against wind erosion and dust generation. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 10 (7): 1415 - 1426. doi: 10.1007/s11368-010-0273-8

Bullough F, WEISS DJ, DUBBIN WE, COLES BJ, Barrott J, SenGupta AK (2010) Evidence of competitive adsorption of Sb(III) and As(III) on activated alumina. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 49 : 2521 - 2524.

Forray FL, SMITH AML, Drouet C, Navrotsky A, Wright K, Hudson-Edwards KA, DUBBIN WE (2010) Synthesis, characterization and thermochemistry of a Pb-jarosite. Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta, 74 (1): 215 - 224. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2009.09.033

PURVIS OW, González-Miqueo L, DOLGOPOLOVA A, DUBBIN W, UNSWORTH C (2010) Use of rare earth element signatures in lichen, bark and adjacent soils as indicators of sources of geological materials. , T H Nash III. , Biology of Lichens, Symbiosis, Ecology, Environmental Monitoring, Systematics, Cyber Applications., pp. 65 - 74. Bibliotheca Lichenologica No. 105. J. Cramer in der Gebrüder, Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung. Stuttgart.

Dubbin WE, Vetterlein J, Jonsson LJ (2009) Adsorption of alkyl carbon by soil smectites. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, 73 (13)

CUADROS J, ALDEGA L, VETTERLEIN J, Drickamer K, DUBBIN W (2009) Reactions of lysine with montmorillonite at 80 ºC: implications for optical activity, H+ transfer and lysine-montmorillonite binding. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 333 (1): 78 - 84. doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2009.01.031

Canepa P, KOSSOFF D, Hudson-Edwards KA, DUBBIN WE, Alfredsson M (2009) Hematite contaminated by heavy metals. Abstracts of the 19th Annual V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Davos, Switzerland.. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73

DUBBIN WE. , (2009) Soils [in Japanese]. Kokon Shoin Publishers. Tokyo.

DUBBIN WE, Vetterlein J, Jonsson LJ (2009) Adsorption of alkyl carbon by soil smectites. Abstracts of the 19th Annual V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Davos, Switzerland. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73

Murphy PJ, SMITH AML, Hudson-Edwards KA, DUBBIN WE, Wright K (2009) Raman and IR spectroscopic studies of alunite-supergroup compounds containing Al, Cr3+, Fe3+ and V3+ at the B site. Canadian Mineralogist, 47 : 663 - 681.

Hudson-Edwards KA, Smith AML, DUBBIN WE, Bennett AJ, Murphy PJ, Wright K (2008) Comparison of the structures of natural and synthetic Pb-Cu-jarosite-type compounds. European Journal of Mineralogy, 20 (2): 241 - 252. doi: 10.1127/0935-1221/2008/0020-1788

PURVIS OW, DUBBIN W, CHIMONIDES PDJ, JONES GC, Read H (2008) The multi-element content of the lichen Parmelia sulcata, soil, and oak bark in relation to acidification and climate. Science of the Total Environment, 390 : 558 - 568.

Wright K, Hudson-Edwards KA, Smith AML, DUBBIN WE (2008) Computer simulation studies on the mechanisms of toxic element incorporation in jarosite. Proceedings of the 9th International Congress for Applied Mineralogy, 9 : 369 - 374.

PARBHAKAR A, CUADROS J, Sephton M, DUBBIN W, COLES B, WEISS D (2007) Adsorption of L-lysine on montmorillonite. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 307 : 142 - 149. doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2007.05.022

Dubbin WE, PENN MG, Hodson ME (2006) Edaphic Contributions to Species Richness in the Chiquibul Forest of Belize. Geoderma, 5 : 1 - 14.

DUBBIN WE, PENN MG, HODSON ME (2006) Edaphic influences on plant community adaptation in the Chiquibul forest of Belize. Geoderma, 131 : 76 - 88.

Kovacs E, DUBBIN WE, Tamasa J (2006) Influence of hydrology on heavy metal speciation and mobility in a Pb-Zn mine tailing. Environmental Pollution, 141 : 310 - 320.

Smith AML, DUBBIN WE, Wright K, Hudson-Edwards KA (2006) Dissolution of lead- and lead-arsenic-jarosites at pH 2 and 8 and 20oC: Insights from batch experiments. Chemical Geology, 229 : 344 - 361.

Smith AML, Hudson-Edwards KA, DUBBIN WE, Wright K (2006) Defects and impurities in jarosite: A computer simulation study. Applied Geochemistry, 21 : 1251 - 1258.

Smith AML, Hudson-Edwards KA, DUBBIN WE, Wright K (2006) Dissolution of jarosite [KFe3(SO4)2(OH)6] at pH 2 and 8: Insights from batch experiments and computational modelling. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 70 : 608 - 621.

Watkins R, WEISS D, DUBBIN W, Peel K, COLES B (2006) Investigations into the kinetics and thermodynamics of Sb(III) sorption on goethite (α-FeOOH). Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 303 : 639 - 646.

DUBBIN WE, Sposito G (2005) Copper-Glyphosate Sorption to Microcrystalline Gibbsite in the Presence of Soluble Keggin Al13 Polymers. Environmental Science and Technology, 39 (8): 2509 - 2514. doi: 10.1021/es048199t

DUBBIN WE (2005) Environmental Geochemistry. , Selley RC, COCKS LRM, Plimer IR, Encyclopedia of Geology., pp. 21 - 25. Elsevier Academic Press. 3200 pp.

Hudson-Edwards KA, Smith AML, DUBBIN WE, Wright K (2005) Jarosites in acid mine drainage environments: Formation, mineralogy, stability. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 69

Ander EL, DUBBIN WE (2004) Effect of desferrioxamine, ferrichrome and rhodotorulic acid on Pb(II) desorption from goethite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 68

DUBBIN WE (2004) Influence of organic ligands on Cr desorption from hydroxy-Cr intercalated montmorillonite. Chemosphere, 54 : 1071 - 1077.

Wills AS, Smith AML, DUBBIN WE, Hudson-Edwards KA, Wright K (2004) Interlayer exchange in the plumbo-jarosites: kagome systems. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, : 1300 - 1301.

DUBBIN WE, Ander EL (2003) Influence of microbial hydroxamate siderophores on Pb(II) desorption from a-FeOOH. Applied Geochemistry, 18 : 1751 - 1756.

Leistel JM, Augé T, Bourgeois B, Bretteville V, Coste B, Lerouge C, Orgeval JJ, Koroteev V, Ivanov KS, Sazonov VN, Maslennikov V, Zaykov V, Telenkov O, Udachin V, Tesalina S, Belenki A, WILLIAMSON B, HERRINGTON R, SPIRO B, PURVIS OW, DUBBIN W, BROOKS S, Buschmann B, Bourdon B, Omenetto P (2003) MinUrals: Mineral resources of the Urals - Origin, development and environmental impacts. , Eliopoulis EA, Mineral Exploration and Sustainable Development., pp. 37 - 40. Millpress.

Udachin V, Williamson BJ, Purvis OW, Spiro B, Dubbin W, Brooks S, Coste B, Herrington RJ, Mikhailova I (2003) Assessment of environmental impacts of active smelter operations and abandoned mines in Karabash, Ural Mountains of Russia. Sustainable Development, 11 (3): 133 - 142.