In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) the department made a joint submission with UCL Earth Sciences and was rated 6th in the UK.
The Department is part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS) - you can read more about the IEPS's projects and research here.
A new BBK-UCL programme of research seminars will run in the spring term of 2015.
Current funded research in the department:
Research: Our 12 academic staff hold two fellowships (UK Space Agency Advanced Aurora Research Fellowship, NERC Research Fellowship) and 17 active research grants (7 NERC grants, 2 Leverhulme grants, 4 STFC grants, 1 DEFRA grant, 1 grant funded by the industry, 1 UK Space Agency grant and 1 EU grant).
Natural Environment Research Council - NERC
1- Characterisation of antimony-bearing scorodite for remediation of toxic mine waste. Dr. Karen Hudson-Edwards. Funded by the NERC.
2- Earthquake hazard from 36Cl exposure dating of elapsed time and Coulomb stress transfer. Prof. Gerald Roberts. Funded by the NERC.
3- Probability, Uncertainty & Risk for Natural Hazards in the Environment. Prof. Gerald Roberts. Funded by the NERC.
4- Influence of orbital forcing on ENSO variability – new insights from annually laminated speleothem. Dr. Phil Hopley. Funded by the NERC.
5- OSCAR - The oceanic and seismic Characterisation of heat dissipation and alteration by hydrothermal fluids at an axial ridge. Vincent Tong. Funded by the NERC.
6- 4HE/3HE Laser Microprobe Analysis. Prof. Andy Carter. Funded by the NERC.
7- Gnathostome dental pattern and the evolution of chondrichthyan dentitions. Dr. Charlie Underwood. Funded by the NERC.
Science Technology Funding Council - STFC
1- InSIGHT – Mission to place a seismometer on Mars. Prof. Gerald Roberts. Funded by the STFC.
2 - Identifying the source localities of lunar meteorites. Prof Ian Crawford. Funded by STFC.
3 - Microseismometer for InSight. Prof. Gerald Roberts. Funded by the STFC.
4. Surface-atmosphere exchange and the history of water on Mars. Dr Peter Grindrod. Funded by the STFC.
1- Restoration of blanket bog vegetation for biodiversity, carbon sequestration and water regulation. Prof. Charlie Bristow. Funded by DEFRA
1- Microbial Bioleaching of Cu-containing Ores. Dr. Karen Hudson-Edwards. Funded by Hellenic Copper Mines Ltd.
1- Exploring the Moon with MoonZoo: lunar science from public participation. Prof. Ian Crawford. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
2- Forming the Earth and other rocky planets. Prof Hilary Downes. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
1- RASMIM: Reactivity of Aluminium Sulphate Minerals. Dr. Karen Hudson-Edwards. Funded by the European Union.
UK Space Agency
1- Identification and Analysis of Mars Landing Sites: ExoMars. Dr Peter Grindrod. Funded by the UK Space Agency.