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Dr Morten Andersen

Dr Morten Andersen

Senior Lecturer

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 4943
2.54, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


Research Interests

  • Biogeochemical cycling
  • Earth’s chemical evolution
  • Paleoclimate
  • Isotope Geochemistry


Academic positions

2016- present: Lecturer, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University

2013-16: Senior Scientist, Institute of Geochemistry & Petrology, ETH-Zürich

2011-12: Postdoctoral NERC Research Associate, School of Earth Sciences, Uni. Bristol

2009-10: Danish Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Earth Sciences, Uni. Bristol

2007-8: Marie-Curie Intra-European Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Earth Sciences, Uni. Bristol

2006-07: Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Geochemistry & Petrology, ETH-Zürich

2002-06: PhD in Earth Sciences ‘The Precise Measurement of Uranium-Series Isotopes in the Marine Environment: A Direct Chronology of Multiple Sea-Level High-Stands for the Last 600 Thousand Years and Arctic Ocean Circulation’Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology, ETH-Zürich

2000-02: Master of Science in Geology by Research ‘The Crystallisation and Genesis of RE-pegmatites, Evje-Iveland, southern Norway’University of Copenhagen

1996-2000: Bachelor of Science, Department of Geology, University of Copenhagen










I am a geologist with broad research interests in understanding the evolution of Earth and the solar system. My main research tool is isotope geochemistry using novel isotopic proxies for addressing major scientific questions such as the geochemical evolution Earth and Pleistocene climate changes.

Much of my work focus on using uranium isotopes as a tracer of geochemical surface processes characterizing the global geochemical redistribution of uranium on Earth to quantify long-term global biogeochemical cycling and understand links with terrestrial weathering processes and oxygenation of the surface Earth. I am also using the decay products of the uranium isotopes to study a range of processes important for paleoclimate reconstruction, including uranium-series dating of fossil corals for sealevel reconstruction, continental weathering rates and its impact on ocean biogeochemistry.

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