Dr Will Homoky

Dr Will Homoky


  • University Academic Fellow, Earth Surface Science Institue and School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK (2019-pres)
  • NERC Independent Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK (2013-2019)
  • Junior Research Fellow, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, UK (2017-2019)
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, UK (2010-2013)
  • Visiting Junior Specialist, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Riverside, USA (2007)
  • Ph.D. Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, UK (2005-2010)
  • Education Abroad Programme, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (2002-2003)
  • Masters in Geological Science, University of Leeds, UK (2000-2004)

Research interests

I am a biogeochemist who studies the movement of elements (e.g. iron and carbon) between the ocean, land and seafloor to learn how these impact marine life and Earth's surface environment over time. I have a particular interest in the elemental resources for primary production and the tracers of these supplies from crustal rocks and sediments, beacuse these can impact marine food webs and modify atmospheric greenhouse gas levels. I am also interested in the processes that preserve geochemical proxies of ocean conditions and bury organic carbon on geological timescales. 

I specialise in the use of field sampling and experiments to measure trace element and isotope systems in aqueous, solid and colloidal material in the ocean environment by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry. I further evaluate the significance of these findings through collaborative design of ocean biogeochemical models of Earth systems, and translate my research for UK-governmental and deep-sea industry experts to inform national and international environmental and resource management decision makers.

My research interests fit into three streams connected by ocean biogeochemistry: 

(1) Understanding controls of the global carbon cycle

(2) Developing tracers of the environment

(3) Evaluating impacts of human activity

I am always interested to hear from motivated and qualified individuals looking for Ph.D. or postdoctoral research opportunities. If this is you, links to current opportunties ought to be updated at the bottom of this page. You may also contact me directly.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • Ph.D. Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, UK
  • M.Geol. 1:1 (hons), University of Leeds, UK

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Challenger Society for Marine Science
  • Chair, Advances in Marine Biogeochemistry (AMBIO) Challenger Society SIG
  • Member of the European Association of Geochemistry
  • Member of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

Student education

I lead and support undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the School of Earth and Environment.

Postgraduated research students:

Lisa Chen, University of Leeds (secondary since 2020)

Isobell Turnbull, University of Plymouth (secondary since 2019)

Sean Selzer, University of Oxford (primary since 2017)

Former research students:

Dr Kieran Curran, University of Oxford (secondary, graduated 2018)

Dr Alistair Lough, University of Southampton (secondary, graduated 2016)

Research groups and institutes

  • Cohen Geochemistry
  • Earth Surface Science Institute
  • water@leeds
  • Palaeo@Leeds
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>