5 January 2022
A new Nature Climate Change paper highlights the urgency of emission reductions and emphasises the need for social and environmental integrity. There are clear risks of getting net zero wrong. If interpreted right and governed well, net zero can be an effective frame of reference for climate action.
23 December 2021
Depleted oil fields are one of the targets for carbon dioxide burial and related technology development. New research from the Department of Earth Sciences, published in Nature, shows that subsurface microbial activity may make this type of carbon burial target more complex than originally thought.
7 December 2021
Researchers at the University of Oxford uncover the importance of iron for the development of complex life on Earth – which also may hint at the likelihood of complex life on other planets.
19 November 2021
Mars explorers searching for signs of ancient life could be fooled by fossil-like specimens created by chemical processes, research suggests.
18 October 2021
Six young academics from across the University of Oxford have today been given Philip Leverhulme prizes – the largest number awarded to researchers of any university.
30 September 2021
Thirty-three University of Oxford researchers have been named Turing Fellows for the 2021/22 academic year. 23 of the fellows come from MPLS departments.
28 September 2021
Rock samples collected during the final manned mission to the Moon have turned out to be critical for a study nearly 50 years later.
Oxford scientists show how green mining could pave the way to net zero and provide the metals we need for a sustainable future
30 June 2021
Scientists from the Department of Earth Sciences demonstrate how it is possible to directly extract valuable metals from hot salty fluids (‘brines’) trapped in porous rocks at depths of around 2km below dormant volcanoes.
14 May 2021
To date, astronomers have identified more than 4,000 confirmed exoplanets but only a fraction have the potential to sustain life. Now, new research is using the geology of early planet formation to help identify those that may be capable of supporting life.
From The Conversation: Nocturnal dinosaurs: Night vision and superb hearing in a small theropod suggest it was a moonlight predator
7 May 2021
Roger Benson, Professor of Palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences, and colleagues Lars Schmitz at Scripps College and Jonah Choiniere at the University of the Witwatersrand write about their new research into nocturnal dinosaurs.
6 May 2021
A recent article published in the journal Nature Geoscience has highlighted the shocking under-representation of students from ethnic minority backgrounds in the Geosciences. Ben Fernando writes about a new paper that lays out steps to address this diversity crisis and make the discipline more equitable.
27 April 2021
A key type of zooplankton’s inability to adapt to climate change could have adverse implications for marine food chains across the world if a severe global warming event were to occur, researchers at Oxford University have found.
26 April 2021
Four Oxford academics have received major European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants to fund a range of boundary-pushing research projects in the areas of science and criminology.
From The Conversation: Mars InSight: why we’ll be listening to the landing of the Perseverance rover
15 February 2021
Ben Fernando (Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics) writes about using the Insight mission to detect seismic signals during the landing of Perseverance - the first time that anyone has tried using a spacecraft on the surface of another planet to detect another spacecraft arriving.
17 November 2020
The Oxford Net Zero initiative, launched this week, draws on the university’s world-leading expertise in climate science and policy, addressing the critical issue of how to reach global ‘net zero’ – limiting greenhouse gases – in time to halt global warming.
26 October 2020
Pioneering research, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, into ancient tides during the Late Silurian - Devonian periods (420 million years ago - 380 million years ago), suggests that large tides may have been a key environmental factor in the evolution of bony fish and early tetrapods, the first vertebrate land-dwellers.
23 April 2020
Research carried out at Oxford, in collaboration with Columbia University and Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London, has revealed that the signature of metal ions present in urine samples is an accurate indicator of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), one of the deadliest types of cancer.