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Dr Heather Buss

Dr Heather Buss

Dr Heather Buss
BS(PennState), PhD(PennState)

Senior Lecturer in Biogeochemical Weathering

Area of research

Mineral weathering and biogeochemical processes in the Critical Zone

Office IC4.04
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Tel. +44 (0) 1173314751

Research summary

The rates and mechanisms of weathering processes are important to understanding a variety of environmentally and economically important issues including the (bio)geochemical cycling of mineral nutrients, the evolution of landforms, and the long-term drawdown of atmospheric CO2. Most weathering occurs within the “critical zone”, which is the external layer of the terrestrial Earth from the vegetation canopy to fractured bedrock. This zone sustains most terrestrial life on the planet, yet natural and human-related processes perturb and threaten the critical zone worldwide. Undoubtedly, the most significant aspect of weathering is the breakdown of rocks to form soils, a process that ...

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I am a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Biogeochemical Weathering. I seek to understand the fate of mineral nutrients as rocks undergo chemical and physical weathering and transform into soil. I am especially interested in how chemical, physical, and biological processes are interconnected. In my previous position, I was a Research Geochemist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California. In that position, I was the lead scientist and director for the Luquillo, Puerto Rico WEBB watersheds, one of 5 sites nationwide that comprise the USGS Water Energy and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB) Program. Prior to that, I completed ...

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