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Our research

In our joint submission with UCL, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences at Birkbeck were rated 6th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), while we achieved 100% for an environment conducive to research of the highest quality.

The Department is part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS).

From Africa to the Amazon

In a collaborative investigation, our researchers have shown that fish bone from Saharan dust helps to fertilise the Amazon rainforest.

ExoMars landing sites

The science behind choosing potential landing sites for the ExoMars 2018 Rover [Birkbeck blog]

From geochemistry to seismology and astrobiology

Our academics' projects use leading edge technologies and are funded by some of the UK's key science institutions.