Investigating the fundamental geological processes that shape our planet and the solar system.
Extraterrestrial materials research
Current research projects explore the origins and evolution of the Sun, planets, the Moon, asteroids and comets.
Studying chondrite meteorites in our collection to learn about conditions in the early solar system and the processes that formed the planets.
The changing Sun
Studying data from ground and satellite-based instruments to better understand current solar activity.
Mineral sciences research
The mineral sciences group manages one of the world's most significant mineral collections and researches the crystal chemistry and physical properties of natural inorganic structures.
Volcanology and petrology research
We are investigating active volcanoes and other volcanic areas to better understand the genesis and evolution of magmas and the timescales of pre-eruptive magmatic processes.
Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico
Understanding why Popocatépetl’s eruptions switch from moderate to large-scale.
Carbonatites from Calatrava in Spain
Using petrology and geochemistry to investigate the magma production processes taking place under Earth's surface in Calatrava, Spain.
Post-magmatic processes in carbonatitic systems
Investigating the mineralisation and fluid processes that occur in carbonatitic magmas in the Chilwa Alkaline Province of Malawi and the potential for extracting precious elements.
The origin of adakites
Investigating the occurrence of adakite rocks and their relationship to the melting of the subducted plate, a process known as slab melt.
Mafic and ultramafic rocks in southern Mexico
Exploring the geodynamics of mafic and ultramafic rock complexes in southern Mexico and the economic potential for their exploitation.