Dr Oliver Moore

Dr Oliver Moore


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.

Techniques include

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

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

Research interests

  • 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.
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  • PhD, Geochemistry, University of Bristol
  • MSc, Environmental Geochemistry, University of Leeds
  • BSc, Environmental Geology, University of Leeds

Professional memberships

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

Research groups and institutes

  • Earth Surface Science Institute
  • Cohen Geochemistry