15F6 Soils | Natural History Museum
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Soils

Podzol

Podzol © ISRIC

Principal Investigator

Dr William Dubbin

Project summary

  • Project: Studying contaminants in natural systems, mineral-microbe interactions and the preservation of organic carbon.

Soils are multicomponent biological and geochemical systems that form Earth's skin. We are researching contaminants in natural soil systems, mineral-microbe interactions and the preservation of organic carbon.

Soils support much of the world’s biodiversity, provide countless services in ecosystems, and contain more carbon than the atmosphere and all terrestrial flora and fauna combined.

Current projects

  • Migration and transportation of natural contaminants and those related to human activity (anthropogenic), in natural soils and model systems.
  • Molecular-level interactions of mineral-microbe associations, explored by studying the effects of biogenic ligands on the geochemical cycling of Fe and other cations.
  • Spatial distribution of organic carbon in soils across permafrost landscapes of the northern circumpolar region, with an emphasis on the role of mineralogy in the long term preservation of soil organic carbon.

Sustainability

We are exploring new sources of food, predicting the spread of disease and finding scarce elements

Economic and environmental earth sciences research

Researching the formation, discovery and sustainability of Earth's resources

Mineralogy collections

Explore one of the world's finest collections of 500,000 rocks, gems and minerals

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