Professor Caroline Peacock



  • Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award 2018-2023. 
  • University of Leeds Women of Achievement Award 2016, for outstanding research achievement.
  • European Association of Geochemistry Houtermans Award 2015, awarded to an early career researcher for an exceptional contribution to geochemistry.

Current Major Funding

  • NERC Large Grant 2019 - 2023: Locked Up: The role of biotic and abiotic interactions in the stabilisation and persistence of soil organic carbon (Leeds PI)
  • European Research Council Consolidator Grant 2017 - 2022: MinOrg: The role of minerals in the oceanic carbon cycle (PI)
  • Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action Grant 2017 - 2020: CIRCASA: Coordination of international research and cooperation on soil carbon sequestration in agriculture (Leeds Co-I)



  • Cohen Geochemistry Group, Academic Lead

Research interests

I am an experimental biogeochemist with a focus on the application of fundamental chemical principles to understand Earth system processes. In particular I focus on the reactivity and cycling of elements in both the marine and terrestrial environments, and how elemental mobility and fate are controlled through interactions with sediment and soil minerals, and the interplay between mineralogical and microbiological processes. These interactions ultimately help control the abundance and distribution of elements in modern and ancient environments, and a detailed understanding of these phenomena is therefore vital to help elucidate the links between the geological, chemical and biological components of our planet, and how these components combine to regulate the Earth system. 

My group combines laboratory experiments, cutting-edge synchrotron techniques, and advanced computational and geochemical modelling, to provide detailed information on the interactions between carbon, macro- and micro-nutrients and contaminants in sediments and soils. Broadly I am interested in:

  • Biogeochemical cycling of carbon, macro- and micro-nutrients and contaminants in sediments and soils
  • Biogeochemical palaeoproxies based on elemental concentrations and stable isotope compositions recorded in geological deposits
  • Mineral interfaces and interfacial processes
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  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Geoscience, University of Bristol
  • PhD Geochemistry, University of Bristol

Professional memberships

  • European Association of Geochemistry, Council Member
  • Natural Environment Research Council, Strategic Programme Advisory Group
  • Natural Environment Research Council, Peer Review College
  • Diamond Light Source, Peer Review College, Panel Chair
  • Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Editorial Board
  • Geochemical Transactions, Editorial Board
  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland, Environmental Mineralogy Group Committee
  • European Association of Geochemistry, Member
  • Geochemical Society, Member
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow

Research groups and institutes

  • Earth Surface Science Institute
  • Cohen Geochemistry
  • water@leeds
  • Palaeo@Leeds

Current postgraduate researchers

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